Unsure about this "anchor out" problem for this Trimaran

Discussion in 'All Things Boats & Boating' started by rwatson, Mar 16, 2018.

  1. rwatson
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    Is there anyone in the USA who can explain what the problem is for this guy

    I replayed the video a few times, but I still didn't understand how the "$5,000 impound fee" applied, and why it prevented the boat from being moved.

     
  2. missinginaction
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    I'm not a lawyer, so take this post for what it is. First, the boat is apparently in an area approved for anchoring or it would have already been moved. Notice other smaller boats around it. The video clip talks about "whatever jurisdiction" that takes action to move the boat is liable for the $5,000 impound fee and other charges. This implies from the use of the word "jurisdiction" that the swimmers don't want to move the boat on their own. The swimmers want the Town, or County or Law Enforcement to move the boat for them. If a governmental entity DOES move the boat, I believe they are then responsible FOR the boat and would be liable for impound fees, storage fees and other expenses related to the safe keeping of the boat. I live in New York and if this were happening here I think that some people would just go out at night and pull his anchor up and move him out a couple of hundred feet. Or we could find a few guys from New Jersey. They could talk with the boat owner and "make him an offer he couldn't refuse". But......this is California. They're more civilized. Or are they?
     
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    Thanks for the comments about it.

    I guess I am surprised that the owner doesn't owe the $5,000 currently, but if the authorities seize it, THEY do ?

    Perhaps they estimate that the boat isn't worth the $5,000, so they might never get their money back ?

    One of the few times it pays to have a crap boat :)
     
  4. PAR
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    The basic issue isn't anything what is being talked about. The issue is the boat isn't worth the bother of moving. Assuming you have to assume the costs, a lien can be applied, so the fees would be covered, but I don't see a $5,000 boat, so it's a net lose, so why bother. Eventually, the owner will leave the boat for a while and it will be declared a hazard to navigation (or something) and get hauled off, at which point the owner will be required to cover the fees. It's a simple jurisdiction thing.
     
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    I've posted a to this thread related post, about another CA anchor out spot, on the thread: Real Ocean News ---> post #64
     
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