It was released on August 2 by the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff Tom Jones reported that this boat was found adrift in Lake Moses and was recovered by their Navy assistants.
Jones says the GCSO had no reports of people in the water at the time nor any reports of missing boaters.
Note that the boat’s engine was in the raised position, as when towed, and the seat is folded down. This could indicate that he was moored somewhere and the line gave way and he drifted.
But given the size of the boat and what’s on board, you’d think the owner would be looking for her, and pretty quickly.
It also appears to be in good condition.
Dozens of people who commented on GCSO’s Facebook post (jokingly) said “It’s mine!” but of course they would have to provide the title and registration of the trade.
So what if no one claims it? What happens to “abandoned” boats in WA?
It may take a while, but the Department of Natural Resources and other state agencies have a set of abandoned boat laws. Now most of these laws have been enacted because of the bigger sailing ships and even the big fishing boats that have been left in a West Side harbor. There are a surprisingly large number of these old abandoned ships, even half sunk.
But in this case, it will likely end up in one of the many state-run abandoned boat auctions, where it will be sold to the highest bidder.
If it’s yours, you might want to check this out. No word if Skipper and Gilligan were interested.