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Abandoned Boats Auckland Costing A Fortune Apparently


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Because there was no boat ownership registration in New Zealand, it was impossible to say with certainty who a boat belonged to, Hayton said.

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However, Auckland Council has recently approved an additional hike of $50 to mooring fees for this year, which was expected to cover the cost going forward

 

But surely there is registration of who owns/leases the mooring. Why not make them responsible for the costs rather than pushing them on to ratepayers or other mooring holders. What am I missing?

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This concerns me, it gives the Council an excuse to remove moorings in the future.

For Auckland, one does not own the mooring site as such. You rent that from the Council Authority. You only own the tackle and can only sell the tackle. The Council has the right to tell any mooring holder to vacate at any time. Also, the mooring must be used. If it is abandoned, the council can remove the tackle.

This idea works really well as it means the cost of a mooring does not become horrendous such as they cost in the likes of Marlborough. Plus no Resource consent is needed, like is required in Marlborough.

 

But surely there is registration of who owns/leases the mooring. Why not make them responsible for the costs rather than pushing them on to ratepayers or other mooring holders.

Often boats have been abandoned and the owners may have left the country, area, or maybe died. The council try contacting via the last info held, but often have no success. Some boats have been left so long that they are close to sinking or breaking the mooring line. Thus becoming a hazard to shipping.

Does it really cost $30K to dispose of? Maybe in a few rare cases if the boat is large enough. When the cost of landfill it $200 per tonne in some places and the cost of getting the boat, hauling it, breaking it up, transporting to landfill is all added up, the cost sure rise quick.

 

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I think they would make cool tiny homes/sleepouts.

 

The council could giveaway the boat and subsidies the transport cost by say $2500. The boat can be “up cycled” into a tiny home or creative sleepout. It solves a few problems in one go.the councils cost will be at least halved, its win/win.

 

Obviously not very suitable for urban properties, more aimed at the lifestyle block type areas. They would probably comply with councils restrictions on minor dwellings fairly easily.

 

I would take one if this was on offer. Could a be cool “air bnb” with a point of difference.

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That’s a shame then, be nice to re purpose them. What about the under 10m2 rule? Not sure what size yacht that would equate to?

With most trailer yachts being around the 2.5 maximum beam, I'm thinking an old Merlin or Coronet would probably be oversized.

 

I guess a big boat could be cut into chunks the right size if desired

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