Join Date: Mar 2010
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Re: Finding derelict boats
Call around marinas. Especially Marinas which also store boats on the hard, which tends to be longer-term "forget" storage.
A larger marina/storage facility near me sells or scraps 2-4 boats every quarter - people stop paying storage fees, and after a certain period of time, a lien is posted and boat then sold. They typically put it on Craig's list, and let scrap dealers know.
In Marinas, the problem is often different - people keep paying the slip fees thinking they will sail someday, end then when they get around to selling the boat requires major work. There is one just down from my slip - has not moved in a decade - owner finally deciding to selling it, asking an outrageous amount because he installed a new engine a decade ago, which he has not started since...gotta recoup that investment, right? It is not selling fast.
I bet almost every mid-sized marina has a couple of derelict boats they would love to get rid of.