Lookout for floating dinghy

Ripshreader

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Dec 1, 2020
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Newport Beach
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James Malm
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J-29
$200 reward for safe return to mainland!

During Thanksgiving night Santa Ana winds ripped my 8 foot West Marine inflatable dinghy from behind my sailboat at the east end of Catalina Island.

The last known location of dinghy was reported on Saturday November 28th at 1:24 pm

N 33 05.736

W 118 23.826

Report was sent to Coast Guard of location with attached photo.
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Tin Pangas

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Aug 28, 2010
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too bad they just took a pic. they should have picked it up and collected the 200 from you. well it was between cat and sci so maybe washed ashore of sci
 

MYNomad

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Dec 12, 2007
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too bad they just took a pic. they should have picked it up and collected the 200 from you. well it was between cat and sci so maybe washed ashore of sci
One time, I came upon a derelict dinghy (rowboat) and dutifully called it in to the USCG. I was happy to help but they wanted all sorts of identifying information and any indication that it had been manned (vs someone fell overboard), including the condition of the painter. Interestingly, they did not ask me to take it aboard.
 

mhanson59hb

Fear No Fish
Apr 22, 2013
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Sorry about losing your dinghy but Santa Ana's at Catalina are never good. Best to wait it out on the back side.

I towed in this one into the Isthmus over the summer. Navigational hazard! :D

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RuckTard

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hypothetical - this dinghly floats away in the middle of the night. is lost at sea for a couple days then found by someone. is the whole "finders keepers" language about lost items in the ocean actually true (aside from ethics)?
 

MYNomad

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Dec 12, 2007
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hypothetical - this dinghly floats away in the middle of the night. is lost at sea for a couple days then found by someone. is the whole "finders keepers" language about lost items in the ocean actually true (aside from ethics)?
Not quite. You have a lien for the value of your salvage services. One of the factors is how much expense did you incur and how much risk did you take. A professional salvor gets to include amortization of his specialized equipment. An recreational boater has no costs in that regard. If you found it floating (not aground, etc.), didn't need to pump it out and merely hooked a tow line to it and then took it back to where you were going anyway, the lien is going to be minimal. And in any event, lien is not title. You need to go through that whole process. Keeping it without getting title is at least possession of stolen property.
 
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Hooops

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Nov 26, 2005
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Hoops
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right of passage losing a dinghy in tow or on mooring
 

RuckTard

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Not quite. You have a lien for the value of your salvage services. One of the factors is how much expense did you incur and how much risk did you take. A professional salvor gets to include amortization of his specialized equipment. An recreational boater has no costs in that regard. If you found it floating (not aground, etc.), didn't need to pump it out and merely hooked a tow line to it and then took it back to where you were going anyway, the lien is going to be minimal. And in any event, lien is not title. You need to go through that whole process. Keeping it without getting title is at least possession of stolen property.

good info thanks for that. i've found a floating inflatable inside the harbor before and reported it to fire dept who came and towed it away but always wondered if i should have upgraded! haha
 

Robdog1

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Your CF numbers and tag will end up on a panga coming north filled with vaccine vials.
Or one of the subs the smugglers are using... A sub with CF numbers, nothing sus about that!
 

Ripshreader

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Dec 1, 2020
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Newport Beach
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James Malm
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I guess the inflatable has increased in value due to the added contents! Happy to pay more for safe return.
Thanks for the fun post. Never a dull moment with you guys.