I read the article and it seems like an incomplete exaggeration of a problem that has always been there and not related to the recent economic events
. This is not anything newsworthy. The lead example was from last spring. People may be abandoning wrecks in favor of forgetting about them but I fail to see the connection. The value of a trashed boat has never been lower is about the most you can say from it. When disposal costs are $12,000 for a sailboat it's easy to see why 1$ boats become so available yet still not worth 1$.