- At risk vessels include large vessels (too large to trailer) that often stay in the water at a marina year round. (In addition to boats, this could also include floating homes and boathouses.)
- Near the end of the useful life for these vessels, repair costs or disposal costs are more than the vessels are worth.
- The financial incentive is to sell the vessel (or give the boat away at no cost) rather than repair or dispose of the vessel.
- Sometimes, this means the vessel is transferred to a person who does not have the financial means to care for the vessel and/or to moor the vessel in a marina, and the vessel becomes a derelict/ abandoned boat that must be removed at the State’s expense.
QUESTION TO BOAT MEMBERS:
What would you recommend we do to make vessel owners take responsibility and properly dispose of their vessels (which will cost them $) vs. of selling their vessels to new owners that do not have the means to care for or legally moor the vessel and cannot pay for the removal of the vessel should it become derelict or abandoned?