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Boot Key Harbor Marathon Florida
Your post doesn''t say why the boat was seized, but the common reason a marina will impound a boat is for not paying the moorage fees. In my marina the Port attempts to contact the owners and if back moorage isn''t paid or something worked out, then the boat is impounded and held for a month or two. If the issue is not resolved then the boat is sold at auction.
One reason that the moorage fees are as high as they are is that an abandoned boat costs about $20,000 to dispose of since it is hazardous waste. That figure may not be as high on fiberglass or steel boats as it is for wood boats, but I am sure it is close.
If the boat in the above post was seized for some other reason, then just about any lawyer would make short work of them I would think. If it was seized for nonpayment, then work something out, because I can assure you that the port does not want your boat.