The Aftermath of Harvey & Irma... Now is the Time to Talk about UCOTVA

The two largest storms of 2017- Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, resulted in 63,000 damaged insured boats. However, in both Texas and Florida, insurance is not a requirement for boating so the true loss and damage is significantly higher. These boats (especially those without insurance) are going back on the market and being sold to unknowing buyers without full disclosure due to lack of branding for vessels in states. Because of these storms, interest in UCOTVA is at an all-time high. Now is the time to have conversations and education about the importance of titling across all states and the inclusion of branding. Kaitlin Wolff of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) can help you shape bills and push momentum in your states.

Caroline Mantel

Director of Business Development •

Caroline is a Florida native and has been a coastline resident her entire life, even while earning her degrees in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Miami. She has worked as the Director of Business Development for for 6 years and wears many hats in the boating industry. For the past 2 and a half years, she has served on the VIRT Committee, most recently as Vice Chair. In addition to VIRT, she is also a member of ERAC. Her passion however, lies with UCOTVA and working to help create consistency between states in regards to boat titling, as well as the branding provision for vessels to ensure boats are not sold with undisclosed damage. Part of that also lies in educating the consumer on the risks associated with purchasing a damaged vessel. 

In her spare time she enjoys running, hiking, camping, fishing, and boating - obviously.

Kaitlin Wolff

Legislative Counsel • ULC

As Legislative Counsel to the Uniform Law Commission, Kaitlin Wolff works to enact uniform acts in all 50 state legislatures, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Kaitlin provides legislative support for uniform acts in the areas of dispute resolution, civil procedure, business organizations, consumer protection, and personal property. Some of the uniform acts in her legislative portfolio include: the Uniform Certificate of Title for Vessels Act (UCOTVA), the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act (UIDDA), the Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (ULLCA), and the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (RUUPA).

Kaitlin supports Uniform Law Commissioners during the study, drafting, and enactment process of uniform acts by performing legal research, analyzing current statutes and pending legislation, negotiating and tracking bills, advising on the legislative process, and more.


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