I am selling my boat. My old boat partner's name is still on the trailer title. He moved away before we had a chance to transfer the title.
I have not talked to the guy in about 8 years or so. He is a pilot and has lived all over the US and also in Europe. Fat chance I would track him down now.
To make a long story short I find it is going to cost me $128 in court costs + $300 for advertising to get his name removed. Advertising he would probably never see! All for a $500 trailer!!
I had done a search before and got tons of hits on his name. He has a fairly common name and shares it with a historical figure which gets tons of hits alone.
So I am staring at the title and decide to get creative with his name and search on his full name including middle initial. The first two hits come up with a database with tail numbers. One listed a small town in Missouri.
After seeing the town I thought I recognized it and did a White pages search in the small MO town, using his last name ( nothing came up with first and last) and started calling names. The first lady was very nice and said she knew of him but did not know him. I mentioned he was a pilot and suggested I call her local airport.
Bingo! The man at the airport said "yeah I just talked to him yesterday". He gave me my friends number and I got in touch with him tonight.
Turns out he just registered the plane about a year ago. If it was not for him buying that plane and the tail number website. I would have never have found him.
I think it is all pretty amazing anyway.
Thank goodness for small towns. Had I dialed a large city, not only would I have more names to dial but I doubt people would be that cooperative and trusting.