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Old 20 March 2008, 13:17   #11
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Could he have claimed salvage rights?

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Old 20 March 2008, 13:33   #12
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Originally Posted by tinker View Post
Could he have claimed salvage rights?
As I understand it the general principles on which the size of salvage claims are based are:

Value of the vessel.
Degree of risk/danger the vessel was in or likely to get into.
Degree of risk/danger the salvor had to take to save the vessel.
The skills and effort required by the salvor.

Whilst the boat presumably was in "peril" I doubt the possible salvor was really putting himself in any danger, or using any significant skill.

However before trying to claim salvage the salvor would normally be expected to try to identify the rightful owner of the vessel.

You can't just take an engine - say it was salvage and thats it.
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Old 20 March 2008, 14:22   #13
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Originally Posted by rubberjoey View Post
What do you think?
I think you are being too soft. It is highly likely that a person like this has committed theft before. Even if he has not, you owe the public to procecute him. He is thieving trash and should suffer the consquences. However it is your call. Why not meet with him and ask why you should not.
Glad you got your boat back.
PS. I would give his ex boss a bottle of Scotch.

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