In the past year, there have been three large boats left behind in our area. And our area on the bay is a pin dot. And from time to time a random sail boat will linger in the water or run aground and left. But the three boats I am speaking of are large and have cost the land owners 20,000 and north of that to have removed. And yet, there is no recouse or ability to recoup any of the costs and its tough. I am even nervous about letting folks go up on the rail or dock. Me! Ya the Woody Boater. In fact I had told the guy that had the 60 ft Chris Craft NO! Bluntly.
With all the situations here, who the owner is, is not the issue, the issue is the owner is a dead beat, and simply walks away cutting there losses and usually has all sorts of other problems. The state doesnt help, nor does insurance, or anyone. Its a civil matter, and you end up with it all. Boat, liability and all. I am sure this happens with un finished speed boats and all sorts of cars and such. But a 60 ft Cruiser is like someone parking a house on your lawn and leaving. IT SHOULD BE A CRIME. THEFT! The marina owner is out 30 grand, one land owner now has an 80 ft boat blocking there house, and dock. Nuth’n. Sorry about the rant. But for F sake. Somethings gotta change. Or laws with some teeth!