Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: North Carolina
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It is unlikely that the boat can be abandoned (in event that it comes to this). The state environmental people are likely to investigate the boat, have it removed, and seek out the owner so he can pay the bill and probably a fine. Here, there was a boat that was anchored out in the river, and was deemed by the authorities to be a hazard after it drug in a storm and endangered other boats and a bridge. Sea Tow was called in and now there is a $3K+ plus bill awaiting the owner.
Also, the quicker the owner gets this boat up, the better the chance he has of salvaging it. The longer it stays in the water, the more difficult and expensive it's going to be to clean it up. This may well be one of those situations, where rather than messing around to try to do the salvage on one's own, it would make more sense to get (and pay) for someone commercially (who has the correct salvage equipment and know how) to get the job done. It's unfortunate, by this is going to cost the owner either way. I assume there is no insurance on the boat, otherwise, the owner would have called the insurance company and they would already would have placed something in motion.
The owner can't walk away and in the end he is going to have to either get the boat up on his own or pay for someone else to do it. Sorry.