Salvaged or abandoned boats can be found at Boneyardboats.com or Woodenboat.com, or at most marinas and boat salvage yards. In some instances, claiming a boat requires paying a yard fee; in others, the yard manager is satisfied as long as the boat is removed from the property. However, even if the boat's owner is not asking for payment, there are additional costs involved in taking possession and ownership of a boat.
Bone Yard Boats, a quarterly publication, has been in print since 1996 and grants free access to its website's salvage listings, although the print publication features additional listings. WoodenBoat is a bimonthly magazine that has boats for sale listings and salvaged boat listings, but the salvaged boats are not available on the website.
Although the buyer might not have to pay for a salvaged boat, obtaining the title, moving and storing the boat and restoring it are not usually free. Even if there is no yard fee, there are title and registration costs to consider as well as towing and storage fees, which vary based on the boat's size but can be considerable. Many marinas do not permit boats below a certain value, boats made from wood or boats made before a certain year, and some require boats being stored on property to be insured, adding to the cost.