Do you know if there is a list of all these free (Abandoned) boats. May some Gov Agency has a list.
One idea I have is if someone lives in the area to create a list, Boat name, reg number, any marketing
, Boat model, size, etc
Post the list and anyone interested could investigate and see if they can find the owners.
At least this much work can be done. If after a certain amount of time I guess one can acquire the boat and re-registered it.
I would keep detail records of everything (times, costs, money
spent, etc) just in case the owners show up. At least you can say that you did not steal the boat. You tried to find out how owned it and that you like the money back that you put into it to keep it safe.
If one can not find the owner. Maybe you can find the insurance
company, for I'm sure they will what you to take it of their hands, rather to have it sink and them paying for the recovery.
BTW I'm looking for a 30-50 sailboat, a Schooner would be great.
Just saying, in case you sail by one. Take a few pics and send me.