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Can You Keep An Abandoned Boat?

If you’ve ever been out on the water and seen an abandoned boat, you may have wondered if it’s possible to keep it. The answer is yes, but there are a few things to consider before taking on such a project.

First, you need to determine who owns the boat. If it’s registered with the state or federal government, you can contact them to find out who the owner is and if they are willing to give up ownership. If not, then you may be able to take possession of the boat through a process called “abandonment”. This requires filing paperwork with your local court and proving that the owner has abandoned the vessel for at least six months.

Once you have taken possession of the boat, there are several steps that need to be taken in order to make sure it is safe and seaworthy. You will need to inspect it for any damage or missing parts, as well as check for any signs of pests or other infestations. You should also make sure that all necessary safety equipment is present and in working order. Additionally, you will need to register the boat with your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and obtain insurance coverage for it.

Finally, if you plan on using the boat yourself, you will need to obtain a boating license from your state or local government in order to legally operate it on public waterways. Depending on where you live, this may require taking a boating safety course or passing an exam.

Keeping an abandoned boat can be a rewarding experience but also comes with its own set of challenges. Before taking on such a project, make sure that you understand all of the legal requirements involved and have taken all necessary steps to ensure that your vessel is safe and seaworthy before setting sail!

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