Sorry to keep beating this issue to death but has anyone successfully registered an AI or TI with CA?
Yes, I registered both my brand new TI and my old AI. For the AI I had to get a new certificate of origin from Hobie. My dealer worked with Hobie to get it.
In addition to the certificate I had to provide DMV with copies of the sales receipts and had to specifically show that I had paid sales tax on them. Otherwise DMV will assume you paid no sales tax and will charge you for it! (how they got in the sales tax game I don't know...)
There were also a couple DMV forms to fill out. My dealer (Adventure Sports in Sacramento) explained in detail what I needed to do to make sure I would only have to go into DMV once.
It's quite a buraucratic process but once I had all my paperwork filled out and ready to go the time at the DMV wasn't too bad. Now I have registration and titles for the boats and their trailers.
It was a PITA but now I don't have to worry about overzealous rangers giving me tickets for sailing.