The state of Alabama does NOT title boats. To register a "home made" vessel in the state you have to submit a form found at
along with a 25.00 check. At this point the state will send a Marine Police agent out to do a "vessel inspection" and assign a HIN (hull identification number). Ive done this twice now and from the time I mailed the form and check to the state and the time that the agent called to set up the vessel inspection has been less than 2 weeks, but this will vary depending upon how busy they are. You take the paperwork he or she gives you to the DMV to you register your vessel. The registration fee will vary based on vessel size. My 27 Express cost me 75.00 for registration, so all in all I paid 100.00. Both of my experiences with this matter have been pretty much simple and easy.