Unclaimed Property at Boatyard to Be Auctioned

All property remaining at Nelson’s Marine, 1500 Ferry Point, will come under the gavel at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 17. International Boat & Marine Auction Services will conduct the auction. The city originally planned to liquidate the property at Nelson’s in February 2014 using Michaan’s Auctions but later postponed the sale.

"All marine equipment, vessels, power and sail boats will be sold," states Kip Kane auctioneer. "Everything will be sold as-is and where-is. It’s what you see and what you don’t see you get as well."

The merchandise represents more than 20 years of maritime history: approximately 50 vessels including motor yachts ranging in size from 70’ to 40’, sailboats ranging in size from 20’ to 45’ and various smaller crafts as well as various maritime equipment.

The city padlocked Nelson’s Marine in April 2013 after efforts to settle a lawsuit failed. In the suit the city alleged that owner Carl Nelson had not only failed to address several building code violations and but did not pay some $37,000 in storm-water utility fees. The city took formal possession of Nelson’s property on May 10, 2013.

The city claimed Nelson failed to notify his customers of his eviction and, subsequently, that they would have to remove their boats. Owners of some 150 vessels that remained at Nelson’s boatyard expressed frustration that city staffers failed to provide notice or develop a plan for them to retrieve their vessels at the time of the eviction.

Nelson’s was one of Alameda Point’s earliest tenants after two decades on Clement Avenue, put $1 million into the space he was leasing and had been paying his rent (the city sued Nelson’s in 2011 for non-payment of rent but the suit was dismissed).

Michelle Ellson contributed to this story. Read more Alameda news at thealamedan.org.