VIDEO: Boat owner claims vessel after forgetting about it

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It’s not unheard of for marinas to get stuck with boats whose owners never come to retrieve them.

But a nicely kept, late-model sport cruiser valued at more than $100,000 is an altogether different issue.

In Sweden this spring, a wealthy man came forward to claim a boat that has been floating in a Stromstad marina for at least two years after he apparently forgot all about it.

The boat’s Norwegian owner says he intended to sell his Rinker 342 Fiesta Vee in 2012 and was under the impression that he had sold it, the Swedish-language newspaper Expressen GT reports.

As a nod to the honesty of Swedes, the keys were tied to railings in plain view.

Eventually police issued a Facebook appeal for any information about its owner. The appeal was picked up by Norwegian media, including national broadcaster NRK, which got the attention of the owner.

The owner now has to collect the boat and pay harbor dues for the past two years, “a cost he can apparently afford,” the newspaper says.

BBC News picked up the story in late March, and now a TV show is reporting about a misunderstanding that we would all enjoy the luxury of having.


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