I am trying to find a way to identify an abandonded Tartan T34C. The HIN on the stern was ground off before the boat was abandoned and has been towed to a marina. Looking at the boat it appears to be a mid 1970s boat. I am trying to determine if Tartan placed a hidden HIN on boats prior to the federal mandate for a hidden HIN that went into effect in August of 1984.
I called Tartan but there isn't anyone there who would have been there during the 70s.
Looking at the Florida
Statutes it appears that lost
or abandoned property, (cars, boats, etc) can be re-titled after advertising, placing signs and waiting for a 90 day time period. However Florida
Wildlife Commission says no way this boat will ever be titled without a HIN and that it needs to go to the landfill.
Here are a few of items I need help with.
1) Has anyone out there ever been issued a title in FL for a boat that has the HIN removed following the Florida Statutes. If so, please let me know how you did it.
2) Did mid 70s Tartan T34Cs have a hidden HIN and where is it. Location and pictures please.
3) Any other way to track it down, the name on the stern Is "Sherpa" and the hailing port is Port St. Lucie, FL. I looked on the Coast Guard site and it doesn't show a T34C by that name. There are no FL numbers on the bow.
4) It has a decal with a large C in the middle of the decal on both sides of the mast
with a serial
number (C0215122) that I told was a yacht tax decal. Any idea how I can track that serial
5) Tartan says they can't track using the serial number on the Atomic A4 engine
I have done a post on sail-net but have not had too much luck there.
Thanks to all for any help you can give me.