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Abandoned Boat: "Why Can't Somebody Just Pick It Up?"

Lynn Murray Lynn Murray
The boat was dumped on Mokapu Boulevard and has now been vandalized The boat was dumped on Mokapu Boulevard and has now been vandalized
The cabin cruiser has been stripped of all valuable parts The cabin cruiser has been stripped of all valuable parts
Chopper 8 over the abandoned boat near Kalaheo High School in Kailua Chopper 8 over the abandoned boat near Kalaheo High School in Kailua

by Beth Hillyer

KAILUA, Oahu (KHNL) - For a month now a viewer has been trying to get someone to tow away an abandoned boat on a busy Kailua road. Responsibility for the boat is swamped in red tape. Neither the city or state will haul it away.

Kailua resident Lynn Murray tried for a month to get the boat towed away.  Evidently, towing an abandoned boat is not as easy as getting rid of an unsightly abandoned vehicle.

"It was just dumped and abandoned. You drive either way on Mokapu Boulevard and your eyes can't help but see this large carcass of a boat. It's been abandoned, it's not on a trailer, its been picked clean of anything. But, there's enough free board on the side of the boat that it's getting a lot of graffiti" says Murray.

She said she reported the eyesore to the city a month ago.

"We called up and reported it. We reported it and were directed to the heavy pickup waste, and they very nicely took the report. And nothing happened."

City and state officials are still trying to figure out who owns the land underneath the boat.

"Why can't somebody just pick it up?"

The boat does not fall under the city's abandoned vehicle laws so the police department can't simply tow it. Abandoned boats are the jurisdiction of the Coast Guard and State Boating Division but the Coast Guard does not have tow trucks and the state does not have the funding to tow land-stranded boats. So it sits.

"I will be very joyful, as will a lot of other people in Kailua when the boat is gone. So I am hoping we can get action fast on it, it's a terrible eyesore" says Murray.

Murray says she is even tempted to get a group of volunteers together to tear the boat apart and haul it away.

KHNL learned the property the boat sits on may belong to the state Department of Transportation, so those officials are investigating. Apparently, if something like a boat gets dumped on your land, you are responsible.

We'll continue to follow this story until it's resolved.

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