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Old 02-13-2008, 02:32 PM
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I would try and buy the boat or see if the guy will just give him the title. I'm sure he will say that he wants it to stay on the bottom, but I would just make up an excuse like. Well the EPA could sue you.........or that you are doing it for environmental reasons........... Interesting that it would still be salvagable.
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Old 02-13-2008, 02:33 PM
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Send a diver to the bottom with a wrench....remove the drive and leave the rest of the boat on the bottom!!!!
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Old 02-13-2008, 02:42 PM
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Originally Posted by t500hps View Post
Send a diver to the bottom with a wrench....remove the drive and leave the rest of the boat on the bottom!!!!
Bingo - u gotta go down there anyway. What would you do with the hull? you are now the proud owner.
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Old 02-13-2008, 02:54 PM
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That boat has been abandoned he has legal salvage rights to it once he attaches a line on it go get it. I may be wrong but on a larger scale did Bob Ballard return the things from the Titantic to the cunard shipping lines? I think not this is maratime law.
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If the owner wants it at the bottom, I would advise your friend to leave it there. If the owner catchs word, he could say your friend stole it and he just parked it there for a long time???? Either way would not be a mess I would want to see. For the possible legal crap and bills he could face not to mention if a local paper heard about it and did a nasty article. A used drive is just not worth it.

How much would it cost to go to court just once!!!!!!!!
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Old 02-13-2008, 03:21 PM
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sounds like a bunch of chit....for a drive...
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Old 02-13-2008, 03:33 PM
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[QUOTE=BAJA WILL;2444094]If the owner catchs word, he could say your friend stole it and he just parked it there for a long time???? QUOTE]

That might not happen considering it was a documented accident with death involved. However, how much could someone need a drive that they would go through the trouble. This whole things spooks me out.
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Old 02-13-2008, 04:11 PM
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It is an Alpha SS(short shaft) drive,kind of rare I guess. Just found out he also wants the engine,a hi dollar,hi performance SBC. But it's been down 6 years,what could he salvage on the engine?Boat is worthless,it reportedly split down the middle. He asked another friend,a diver, to help,he refused. I don't blame him. It's down 80 feet,they found it with a high tech underwater camera.
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Old 02-13-2008, 04:37 PM
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I could understand doing it if he was a diver himself, but it sure seems like alot of trouble for a drive that very well could be damaged as well.
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Old 02-13-2008, 04:47 PM
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Im surprised it is being allowed to sit there......with fuel and oil and chit......
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