Department of Natural Resources start derelict vessel program

Washington boaters have a new resource to get rid of boats that may be old or neglected.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has developed a Vessel Turn-in Program to dismantle vessels that do not yet satisfy the legal definition of “derelict” or “abandoned,” but are likely to become derelict or abandoned in the near future, which could harm water quality and/or threaten public safety.

You may be eligible for the program if you are a Washington resident with a boat that is 45-feet or less in poor condition or no longer functional, and you want to dispose of it safely and legally but do not have the resources to do so.

The state won’t pay owners for boats, but disposal costs would be free for those who qualify.

The idea is to allow Washington residents a way to dispose of potentially dangerous boats so they don’t pollute waters or cause public safety hazards.

DNR will accept and review applications for the VTIP on an ongoing basis and will conduct disposals quarterly.

Since this is a pilot program, DNR will evaluate applications quarterly on a first-come, first-served basis. If there is high demand or if funding becomes an issue, DNR will rate each vessel based on vessel age, condition and location. DNR will take vessels that are at a higher risk of becoming derelict or abandoned and will evaluate the “best value” removals for the state.

More information is available at or by contact the program at: or 360-902-BOAT.




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