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Topic Review (Newest First)
03-15-2007 06:28 PM
starwindsailor We have finally cleared things up, A BIG thanks to some really radical people.

Now the story, The boat was on a mooring line here in Chas. SC. The boat somehow managed to leave the moor and end up on the bank, as the picture indicates. This happens relatively often in this area. The bank that it landed on is home to many other wrecks, some having been there for over 10 years.
When the boats hit the bank, they leave the jurisdiction of the coast guard, and enter the jurisdiction of SCDNR. According to SCDNR law if a boat is registered, no matter where it is, (shoal or bottom) or how long its been there, no person other than the registered owner is allowed to board the boat without permission.
Unfortunately, when a fully rigged boat washes up, looking "abandoned" pirates have there way, stripping the boats for all they are worth. This is exactly what happened here. In a matter of three days the boat went from fully rigged, to the bare hull it is now. The spinnaker, boom, winches, hardware and several sets of sails all gone.
I have filed a stolen property report with SCDNR, local police and the Coast guard, all who have told me in a round about way, I will probably never see anything again. Without insurance I am left with the hull and a "good luck" from officials.
If anyone has info. please share..
SS
01-20-2007 04:25 PM
SVDistantStar Still working on it.
01-19-2007 05:43 PM
1970Columbia34 So did this get resolved between these two about who gets the boat?
01-18-2007 03:33 PM
poopdeckpappy We have auction down here in DP all the time with abandoned boats, it's amazing what people will do with their boats.

Hell, in San Diego some marina & Mooring field managers have been known to set adrift the boats of dead beat owners, others have been sunk, they leave it up to the officials to deal with it.
01-18-2007 12:04 PM
Fstbttms
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Originally Posted by sailortjk1
You don't see many abandoned boats in my neck of the woods. I think if you abandon a boat, the authorities track you down and hold you responsible for all cost associated with having your boat removed.
Well, if Indiana is anything like California, the authorities have very little power when it comes to holding boat owners responsible for the disposal of derelict or abandoned boats. Here in the Sacramento River Delta, it is a huge problem. Over 1000 miles of waterways and hundreds of abandoned boats tucked away amongst the reeds. What is beginning to happen more and more is that the local law enforcement agencies will try to track down the owner if possible. Usually there is no response or "I sold that boat a year ago, don't remember the guy's name" kind of thing. Through a state-funded grant, they can then contract to have the boat removed and destroyed. But it is a slow process and there are many, many derelict boats to be removed and more appearing all the time.
01-18-2007 09:37 AM
sailingdog I think that the owners of abandoned boats should be responsible for the costs associated with removing and disposing of them. This has been a huge problem in some of the more hurricane prone states, where boats that weren't insured get damaged and the owners don't want to spend the money to repair them or to haul them and dispose of them—so they just abandoned them.

The costs for cleaning up after an abandoned boat has sunk can be huge, especially if the fuel tanks weren't empty when it sank...
01-18-2007 09:19 AM
sailortjk1 Where is this graveyard and why are so many boat stranded there?
Are you in an area with lots of hurricanes?

You don't see many abandoned boats in my neck of the woods. I think if you abandon a boat, the authorities track you down and hold you responsible for all cost associated with having your boat removed.

Just curious.
01-17-2007 07:50 PM
SVDistantStar Yea theres another little boat in the graveyard ive been considering, but never messed with it since it has no numbers on it. I posted pics of it on here to see if anyone knew what it is. The columbia got my intrest since it still had a mast and just seemed to be in better shape over all. But seeing as ive got a mast and most of the other bits to get it seaworthy ill be going after it now.

As for the hunter, since it has no rudder im going to leave it where it is untill i find a rudder.
01-17-2007 07:37 PM
poopdeckpappy Well Done, Well Said, I too like older boats, they have character, pleasing lines, nice woodwork and just fun to sail, restore and enjoy, plus Good Ol' Boats are not in short supply, so there's never a problem finding another.

Better luck on the next one
01-17-2007 07:16 PM
SVDistantStar Im just wondering why some people on here have made this more than it is? Yes I raised the boat. Yes I did that with the plans of keeping it. I also knew there was a chance that the owner was going to be found. No, I'm not going to be a jerk about it and try to hold his boat for ransom. A salvage fee would be a nice thing to be offered, but im going to leave that up to Starwind. I have no plans to do some long drawn out legal battle with anyone over this boat, nor do i have plans to put it back on the bottom. I raised the boat in my spare time mosty looking for something to do.
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