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There's a shitload of boats washed up everywhere in Florida after the hurricane. Even when there isn't a hurricane there's abandoned boats all over. If you could paddle to them on a raft or kayak or something they would be a great place to squat. I'm living on a boat right now and there's a giant houseboat washed up right next to me it would be an awesome place I would think even though it is kind of slanted so you might have to level the floor. Many of these boats don't get removed for years.
 
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There's a shitload of boats washed up everywhere in Florida after the hurricane. Even when there isn't a hurricane there's abandoned boats all over. If you could paddle to them on a raft or kayak or something they would be a great place to squat. I'm living on a boat right now and there's a giant houseboat washed up right next to me it would be an awesome place I would think even though it is kind of slanted so you might have to level the floor. Many of these boats don't get removed for years.
got any pics of your current boat squat?!
Really intrigued by this, might pass thru after NOLA, and check things out
 
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So are people just claiming insurance and forgetting about them, or what?
Could be but most of them are older boats that were clearly neglected and then came loose and drifted.

You may need to remove any identification numbers on the boat?
yeh I guess but you shouldn't have to worry too much about that, no one is coming back for most of these boats. Getting back and forth to some of these boats would be the hard part but sometimes they are pretty easy to get to. Most do require a raft or kayak or some kind of dinghy to get to.

There are also a ton of little islands all over. In the summer in florida its rough cuz the no-see-ums and the mosquitos. But in the winter it's great!
 

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got any pics of your current boat squat?!
Really intrigued by this, might pass thru after NOLA, and check things out
I'm living on a 24ft sailboat I bought before hurricane irma for cheap, I just got a job I start in the morning so I'll be able to buy some shit for it soon and I'm gonna try to sail it around Florida. I'll bet there's some similar washed up boats in NOLA but we especially have alot here in FL because of hurricane irma
 

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dude that's so awesome.

now I finally have a reason to go back to Florida!
The ONLY reason to ever go TO Florida.....

I wonder what the process is for claiming an abandoned boat as your own. Somewhat like an abandoned vehicle, i guess?

This is bad ass man, I want to squat a effing boat....
 
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That houseboat could be gotten level easy enough. There are a few videos about how to salvage/float a half submerged boat online. Hmmmm
 
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boat salvage is a legitimate way of obtaining a boat for near to nothing, and it's actually very legal. not sure what the process is for it, but i've seen people (mostly salvage companies) do it all the time in key west.
 
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nice boat does it have an inboard motor or you just run with sails only? how many knots can you get out of her?

here was the boat that i lived on for a while its a triton 24 built in launceston tasmania.
That's a cool boat very similar to mine, I have an old 8hp outboard that I use on it. I've only sailed pretty slowly on it so far. But winter time here in florida is also the windy season and best for sailing so I can't wait to sail more often. There's alot of old hardware and stuff that kinda worries me, I wouldn't want to push it quite yet. I got a job just two days ago assembling power boats so I can make some cash to pay for some new stuff. I bet australia is fucken awesome hope to visit there someday.

boat salvage is a legitimate way of obtaining a boat for near to nothing, and it's actually very legal. not sure what the process is for it, but i've seen people (mostly salvage companies) do it all the time in key west.
Here's the actual laws on that: http://myfwc.com/boating/waterway/derelict-vessels/claims-process-faqs/
Good luck doing it that way, and if you do your gonna spend alot of money with no guarantees. However, If you could tow the boat to somewheres private lol and make some modifications like removing the serial number. You could maybe, sort of, possibly claim you built the boat and get a title for it that way. Otherwise it's like riding in a stolen car, because Florida considers it is a stolen boat. You can find cheap old boats on craigslist like the one I have fairly easily enough.
 

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i would recommend stress testing your boat in atleast 35 knots with as much sail up as you can might aswell break something you can fix before your in a big storm with no mast.

its great for sailing over here especially the east coast and Tasmania.
 
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i would recommend stress testing your boat in atleast 35 knots with as much sail up as you can might aswell break something you can fix before your in a big storm with no mast.

its great for sailing over here especially the east coast and Tasmania.
That's awesome advice! I will definitely do that!
 
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I just read over the laws to obtain an abandoned vessel and I think that is completely worth it. $300 for a boat that no one is looking for? And even if the owner was contacted it's not like they put a lot of work in trying to get it back in the first place. Of course if you find a truly wrecked boat I suppose you could just strip it for salvageable parts. To me that's the same as collecting aluminum cans for a few bucks. Getting paid to help clean up litter.
 

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I just read over the laws to obtain an abandoned vessel and I think that is completely worth it. $300 for a boat that no one is looking for? And even if the owner was contacted it's not like they put a lot of work in trying to get it back in the first place. Of course if you find a truly wrecked boat I suppose you could just strip it for salvageable parts. To me that's the same as collecting aluminum cans for a few bucks. Getting paid to help clean up litter.
I agree as well, and keep in mind that's just for Florida. I'm sure the rules change by state and what state/country the boat is registered in. Also, like others mentioned, you could just strip it down for parts or strip the Vin and register it as a rebuilt boat. I've seen plenty of people do that. I mean, if you tell them you got the hull from a junkyard they're not going to make you track down the previous owner any more than they would with a rebuilt car.
 
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I was sort of permission squatting a beautiful 1948 Chris Craft motorboat in Northern California recently, until the local sheriff came and towed most of the boats away from our boat yard, designating them "marine debris."

I joked to a friend, "I have been classified as marine debris by the Marin County sheriff deputy."
 
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