Yeah, seems odd but I never remember to take pictures of anything (even my kids). Just not a picture taker. I couldn't tell you how many good fish I've caught and thrown back, only after realizing I should have taken a picture.
At least you figured it out. I'm a bit of a dreamer too, but then I start crunching the numbers and come to my senses! Your best bet is always something that is 100% intact, not messed with, and kept indoors. With titles. Where I live it's possible to get a title for a boat without one, but not always.