View Full Version : an abondened boat

02-05-2007, 06:33 PM
somebody abandoned a junker boat in our business park. who ever owns the building behind us i believe towed out to the street in fornt of my office. the cops havent towed it away yet and its been about a month. they have only left a warning tag. i actaully would like to keep this thing , fix it up and give it to one of my workers for a fishing boat. i called th PD and they said i'd have to have it towed at my expense, then wait to see if no one claimed it, then pay the tow yard for it. obviously that is not worth it to me. i would rather just take it myself. but what are the legal aspects of this????anyone know

east tx skier
02-05-2007, 06:35 PM
In Texas, there's actually a statute about abandoned boats and reregistering them. I looked it up when I saw a sailboat on the side of the highway for several days in a row. No idea what the law in Cali is though. Check out www.findlaw.com

02-05-2007, 06:39 PM
I don't know how it works on land, but if you salvage a boat at sea, it is yours, and you can charge anyone that claims it anything for the boat (within reason). Like I said, I don't know how it works on land. You should be able to contact the DNR and they can give you the "real" deal on what has to happen.

02-05-2007, 06:43 PM
For POS's that are abandoned, it is really not that difficult to have the registered. You go to the DMV and explain that you have a homemade vessel and trailer and they will tell you what you need to do with regards to putting the ID numbers on the hull and trailer. As a kid, someone left an old 14' Lido on a trailer in front of our family's shipyard in Wilmington. I was able to get the whole thing register and then talked my granddad into having some of the guys in the yard repaint and re-rig it for me. When I sold it, had no problem with transfering the pinks either.

02-05-2007, 06:44 PM
In Tennessee. Boat, refrigerator, it's all the same. No titles.

02-05-2007, 06:45 PM
here is a pic of the beauty................

02-05-2007, 06:46 PM
Even looks homemade! Re-register it and call it a day!

02-05-2007, 06:47 PM
it actually has a brand on the side .....

02-05-2007, 06:50 PM
I was talking about the trailer.... If you wanted to do it legally, you could go to the DMV and request the owner's info and ask him for title on it?

02-05-2007, 07:00 PM
here is a pic of the beauty................
rod,i think you did not take good care of that Malibu...:(

02-05-2007, 07:05 PM
im going to make big mc decals an put it on the side!! :D

last thing i need is to get in trouble for this thing so i want to make sure i do it right..

02-05-2007, 07:08 PM
but it will say MassiveCrap

02-05-2007, 07:11 PM
Seems like the owner would be easy to find, all the registrations being there. It looks like a good little boat, if you squint, it kind of looks like an old CC!

02-05-2007, 07:14 PM
This would look good on the side

02-05-2007, 07:15 PM
That's not a Shell Lake boat, is it? She's a Beeaauuttyy!

Make a nice planter or sandbox- bury it about halfway up the gunwales and put a couple of boards along the top to sit on.

02-05-2007, 07:15 PM
seriously rod, that is the wakecraft you have been trying to sell ... isn't it?

02-05-2007, 08:14 PM
i went to the dmv and they gave me the paperwork on how to do it.

looks like boat#5 for rod 8p

02-05-2007, 08:15 PM
It's Dooker's somebody must have got the tube

02-05-2007, 08:26 PM
Come on Rod.....what the wake like at 36?

02-05-2007, 08:27 PM
seriously rod, that is the wakecraft you have been trying to sell ... isn't it?

that is just mean....;)

i have been suprised that this topic has not been brought up.

by the way i really like fishcraft...

02-05-2007, 08:59 PM
Come on Rod.....what the wake like at 36?

im sure the wake is good, i doubt it'll hold speed :eek:

02-05-2007, 09:17 PM

Would definitely make someone a nice fishing boat.