What to do with Abandoned Vineyard Sloop?

MVTimes: More than 7 years ago, the 40’ sloop Riot was left tied to a town mooring in Vineyard Haven harbor. Since then, legal constraints, compounded by the owner’s unwillngness to declare the boat abandoned, have left Tisbury town officials dead in the water in their efforts to get rid of it.

The once beautiful sloop has been stored outside on town property off a dirt road behind Tisbury’s department of public works building since 2005. Although Riot is still intact for the most part, time and exposure to the elements have taken their toll. After years of neglect, the boat’s fiberglass exterior is marred by broken ports, graffiti, and faded paint. Its interior is a tumble of trash and debris.

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