Honestly, the city should just go in, grab the boats and haul them out of the water, they have room in the city yard to store them, for free. If the owner shows up, have them show a "certificate of seaworthyness" or whatever. Those two boats that are underwater are obviously never going to go anywhere under their own power.
This is just stupid.
The dirty dozen: Gorge's derelict boats
By David Karp, Times Colonist June 17, 2010 6:13 AM Comments (2)
A growing collection of boats in the Gorge waterway poses a threat to the environment and should be removed, community members say.
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Sometimes you just have to step up and do something, not say "our hands are tied because it is a federal matter" etc. Just go in, do it, if you get sued, so be it, a judge will hear why you did it and if any damges should be awarded. If it is criminal "theft" by grabbing them and placing them on shore and drying them out, I don't think any judge would convict if you pulled it out of the water, made it more safe, dryed it out, made it more secure and safe from weather, provided reasonable access to the owner and charged no fee.