Shelburne taking action on derelict boats at wharf

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The Shelburne Volunteer Fire Department has responded to numerous calls over the years from derelict boats taking on water at the wharf. The most recent call was to save the Tyger from sinking.

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By Greg Bennett

The Town of Shelburne is taking action on derelict boats berthed at the Shelburne wharf.

The largest of three boats on the Town’s radar for removal is the sailboat Tyger. Plans are being made to drag the vessel onto land later this month, with a bill for the work sent to the vessel’s most recent owner.

CAO Dylan Heide says the Town no longer wants to worry about these vessels potentially sinking at the wharf. He also noted that the derelict vessels berthed at the wharf reflect poorly on the Town’s image.

The Shelburne Volunteer Fire Department has responded to numerous calls over the years from derelict boats taking on water at the wharf.

Every call involves hours of volunteer hours to pump the leaky boats out, and it is a headache the department no longer wants.

While the Tyger will be removed within a few weeks, legal action has just been initiated on two smaller vessels considered derelict at the wharf.

Heide noted that all three vessels have been at the wharf for more than a year and are substantially in arrears on berthage fees.

Organizations: Shelburne Volunteer Fire Department

Geographic location: Shelburne

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  • Richard Deschene
    February 19, 2014 - 20:56

    If these vessels could be sold at a profit, the owners surely would have done so already. No, better to treat them as you would rusted-out automotive hulks abandoned in somebody's yard for a year - confiscate them and sell them "as is, where is" to the highest bidder.

  • Harry Brown
    February 17, 2014 - 17:18

    Can't these boats be sold somehow?