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Old 31-10-2012, 16:02   #1
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Is it Salvage? Wondering what the story is (with pics)

Driving home from work today I swung by the marina here in Sanford, Fl. Its on the way so I go by about once a week or so just to see what happening.

A few years ago I noticed a sailboat that was on the hook outside the marina had sunk, keel in the mud, low water etc. After a few months it had been raised and has been sitting out in the lake since with nothing happening besides the crows living on the rigging.

Today on my ride home the boat was missing until I noticed it tied to the sea wall. My guess is a local good Samaritan from the marina came over and tied her off.

Is it salvage?

It also poses the question of can I just buy a boat and leave it on the hook out in Lake Monroe like this guy? (I would take better care of it than him)

Any Idea of the type of boat this is? I am guessing it to be in the upper 20s length wise but have no clue on the maker/model...
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Old 31-10-2012, 16:08   #2
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Re: Is it Salvage? Wondering what the story is (with pics)

Looks like it would cost more to move and haul than it's worth.
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Old 31-10-2012, 16:19   #3
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Re: Is it Salvage? Wondering what the story is (with pics)

Looks like a Hunter 27. I think....
No it is not salvage.
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Old 31-10-2012, 19:03   #4
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Re: Is it Salvage? Wondering what the story is (with pics)

I was just joking about the salvage thing.... kinda... The wife got interested when I showed it to her when we went out for dinner. The entire free thing strikes her heart but I the boat looks to be the type you should run from screaming as if on fire....

I am thinking about anchoring a boat out and using a small tender, seems a better deal than $250 a month for a slip.


Oh, and Happy Halloween folks!!!!
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Old 08-11-2012, 07:05   #5
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Re: Is it Salvage? Wondering what the story is (with pics)

Actually, it just may be available if you are willing to do the legwork to check out who is the registered owner. If you cannot find the owners you then do the paperwork and get the boat declared abandoned and acquire ownership.
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Re: Is it Salvage? Wondering what the story is (with pics)

Not salvage...Even if it was, salvage gives the salvor right to a portion of the vessels value, and never conveys title in and of its self. If this vessel met the conditions for salvage, which it doesn't, you could place a lein on the title. A mechanics lein will do the trick. If you were to simply, take possession of the boat it would be theft.
1. if the boat is docked or at anchor and afloat; it's not salvage.
2. If the vessel were adrift, and there was no crew; that would be salvage.
3. If the vessel was beached on private property, unless it is your property, you would not have a salvage claim either.

Leaving boat anchored on Lake Monroe. Yes, you can leave it there provided it is not in the navigable waterway (between markers), not a hazard to navigation and registered, there is not alot the local police or governement can do about it.
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I was just joking about the salvage thing.... kinda... The wife got interested when I showed it to her when we went out for dinner. The entire free thing strikes her heart but I the boat looks to be the type you should run from screaming as if on fire....

I am thinking about anchoring a boat out and using a small tender, seems a better deal than $250 a month for a slip.


Oh, and Happy Halloween folks!!!!
Your wife has obviously never heard the old and very true saying that nothings as costly as a free boat.

Where would you keep the tender?
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Old 17-11-2012, 17:22   #8
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Oh. I would keep the tender in the bed of my pickup truck.


I bought a Catalina 27 so now we have a wreck all to ourselves.

Talked to someone down at the marina and they guess their are 5 boats out in the lake with live aboards on them. It's always an option if money gets tight.
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Old 17-11-2012, 23:51   #9
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Some states let you declare it a beached boat. Abandoned. You start at your county courthouse. You pay a small fee, and if no one comes forward claiming the boat, she is yours. I think the owners have 90 days to claim the boat. Most states have simular laws on the books for anything lost and found.
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Re: Is it Salvage? Wondering what the story is (with pics)

I guess t wasn't a salvage yet I have to admit that I'm also puzzled why that boat is tied in the sea wall?
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Re: Is it Salvage? Wondering what the story is (with pics)

$250 a month for a slip is super reasonable and is a drop in the bucket compared with what it will cost to fix and sail that boat.

I would get right on it.
First maybe pressure wash the bird poop off?
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