Two sailboats that washed ashore on Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey and have been on the beach for several months are scheduled to be auctioned at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 10th, at a lien sale organized by the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors.
The lien sale, which is held to recover fees owed, will be held at Dockweiler State Beach. The two boats to be auctioned are a 1974 Catalina 26-foot sailboat, with a minimum bid of $5,184.60, and a 1970 Coronado 25-foot sailboat, minimum bid of $2,126.65.
The two sailboats are among 14 boats that landed on Dockweiler Beach during the last year, said Debbie Talbot, Beaches and Harbors marketing analyst.
Eleven of the beached boats have since been removed, but three sailboats have remained on the beach for months, including the two boats scheduled for the lien sale.
The status of the third beached boat is still being investigated by the county and the boat will not be included in the sale.
“These boats are in rough condition,” said Dusty Crane, spokeswoman for the Department of Beaches and Harbors. “The boats broke anchor during rough water and washed up on the beach. They’re not in good shape.”
When a $22.50-per-day beach storage fee was levied for the boats, the owners abandoned the boats and ignored the deadlines for removal, Talbot said.
The county has tried to protect the beached boats by using tractors to pull the boats away from the surf and putting up temporary fencing around the boats, she said.
The county has also attempted to contact the owners, but if the owners wish to claim their boats they will have to pay the county for storage fees.
The boats are to remain at Dockweiler Beach for ten days after the sale pursuant to harbors and navigation code requirements.
The boats and personal property are subject to owner redemption at any time prior to the sale.
If the sailboats are unclaimed after the lien sale, they will be demolished after Sunday, February 20th.