charliem--you can do that once the claim is final. You can jepordize the insurance co. denying the claim--I am not insinuating that this man did anything wrong but he could have his claim deny'd. Its clear its a total loss and therefore it would no longer be the owners property to mess with, work on, take off parts, begin to fix, etc. Much too often people who have to fix things and people who buy things at auction end up finding out there are missing parts and thus its a nightmare as well as added expense. The insurance co pay the high value and expect to recover a fair amount -residual in salavge auction to offset the claim--you think they would want say a Ing computer-ECM for a car left behind or someone keeping it when they are paying for the actual wreck and whats left. Then when their claims get denied they are on here *****ing and moaning...its worse when it carries onto innocent boaters.
Everyone is on here complaining about high insurance???
Charlie--for future reference when a boat rolls or is submerged its considered a total. If it were a repair situation you simply get authorization from the adjuster to open it up to determine the true scope of the damage and all is fine!