Good post FH.. it seems to be a misunderstood process depending on where you are in this great state of Florida, no idea how it works in other states.
Here in Broward County you have to go to the DMV office to get it done, in Dade you simply go to a Tag Agency and they do the leg work for you. Just had to go through similar to re-title a car in my name so I can sell it.. aftre my Father-in-law passed away. Took current Title, Death Certificate, Will, and the appropriate form to the P-Pines DMV office, waited in line for only an hour, paid the $77.50 fee and walked out with a new title.
Old fugger with a bad heart, who just wants to fish
Just for the record, I thought I would post what happened to me when getting my title .... and additional steps you can take.
To recap: This was my 3rd attempt to get a title. The first two failed due to issues with Cresent having a "non-standard" MSO, which they have now corrected. But the second issue, possibly still an issue, is that Cresent/Solo Skiff is not showing up in the Tag Agency's database. I was led to understand that the reason for this was that Cresent had not gotten the official inspection/certification from the USCG for the Solo. Supposedly this is what puts the Solo in their database when they look up the "Make/Model" designation.
After FH had registered his boat, and I got an "all-clear" from Tom at Solo, I went to register for the third time. 4-hour wait on this particular day .......... and when I went to register and get my tag/title, the same issue of "can't find the make/model in our database" came up again!!
The supervisor came up and recognized me from my earlier failed visits, and she was aware of what the issue was. I explained that I was told the issue had been cleared up and in fact, I personally knew of one person (FishHead) who had registered with the state of FL and had seen pictures of his registration numbers on his boat!
She said if I could produce a picture of his boat with the registration, she could look up the numbers and see how that particular boat was registered. Well, I couldn't get logged in to FTF -- not sure what the problem was -- and finally the supervisor took pity on me and somehow forced the registration to go through. I now have my tag and numbers and will affix them to my Solo this week.
But the point I wanted to make was .... as a back-up, take a picture of FH's Solo with his registration numbers from his post. Or make sure you can access FTF web site and can get to the post to show them a sample of a boat that is registered already with the State of FL. With it, they should be able to look up the info on how it was done previously for other Solo owners.
Hopefully this way you will get your boat registered one way or the other!!