Derelict boats are common in many marinas
. Owners continue to pay the slip fees
so no incentive, and possibly no ability, for the management to force the owner to improve the appearance and maintenance
of the boat. Unless a marina has paid security
who's job is to walk the docks, doubt that a marina will have anyone checking boats out on a constant basis. Know I've told the managers about boats setting low in the water
lines badly frayed or broken that had to have been that way for a while. Without live a boards, most marinas
would have virtually no one around on weekdays and in the off season.
My old marina in Alameda had a an aluminum racing
boat that had been the queen of the racing
fleet in the '70s in Bay Racing circles but had fallen on hard times with subsequent owners and rule
changes that didn't make it competitive anymore. The last owner bought it cheap
our of nostalgia with plans to restore it. Unfortunately, his age and health
didn't allow him to start on his plans. Slip fees
were on auto pay from his bank. Boat sat mouldering away in its slip for well over a decade till he died. His estate had it towed to a scrap yard and cut up.
Heard of one guy who kept a neglected boat in a marina just because it pissed his wife off.