FLORIDA  STATUTE 328.17  -  Nonjudicial sale of vessels.

"A non-consent tow is defined as the recovery, tow, removal or storage of ​a vessel without the authorization
​​of the owner."


The only cost involved to open a new commercial account are the TOW AWAY Signs. The signs are required by law.  You can buy Tow Away Signs here, or you can order them directly from the sign shop: Florida Graphics Services in Clearwater, FL.

NOTICE: A Certificate of Documentation (COD) is not eligible for renewal if it has been expired for more than 30 days. Vessel expiration information is located on the COD (CG-1270), lower left corner. Fees submitted for renewals are not refundable or transferrable if it is later determined that the COD must be reinstated. Please be sure of the Official Number, which can be found on your current COD or renewal notice before you submit your request. If you are unsure whether your COD is eligible for renewal, please contact the National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) at 800-799-8362.

Order TOW AWAY Signs


Tampa Bay  (727) 895-1355
Channel 16 VHF

24" x 18" Aluminum Signs


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How this works.......

After we received the signed contract and the signs are visibly posted on your property, you call us as you need. You'll provide us with full description of the vessel you report: name of the vessel (homeport), VIN # or registration # (example: FL 1234 AB) After we check our DMV /US Coast Guard data-base, we will schedule the impound date and time.
(Please consider the weather / tide condition and our schedule). 
At the time of the impound, we are required by law to make a police report / tow ticket.​ A towing and storage lien applies.
The vessel owner will be notify by certified mail. and the local newspaper legal ad. Vessel will be sold at public auction if it's not released by the owner. A police impounded vessel has to be released by the local law enforcement: police department or the sheriff.


Trident Marine Salvage, LLC will tow and impound any vessels, which are parked at fuel docks, illegally docked or anchored, blocking other vessels on the waterway, front of entrances to marinas, non-designated slips, abandoned, or avoiding legal docking fees.

Trident Marine Salvage, LLC is an established Impound Contractor for the following
​Corporations, Insurance Companies, Banks, RE Companies and Government entities:

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, U.S. Department of Justice Homeland Security / US Coast Guard, Sheriff's Office & Local Police Departments, Clearwater Marine & Aviation Dept., MacDill AFB, Geico, Allstate, U.S. Bank National Association, Regions Bank, BOA, Geico Insurance, Boat Us, State Farm, Tierra Verde Marina,  City of Safety Harbor, Tropicana Resort*, Bay Breeze Resort, O'Neill's Marina, Holiday Isles ( Island Estate), Salt Creek Marina, Fish Tales Bar & Grill, Waterside at Coquina Key (N & S), Bayside Garden (Sand Key), Boca Ciega Yacht Club, Condominium Associates, (Tampa) , Shell Point Marina*, (Ruskin),  Belle Harbor (Clearwater Beach), Renaissance Vinoy Resort,  St. Petersburg Yacht Club,( Pass-a-Grille, Downtown, Snell Isle Marina), Holiday Isle Marina, Madeira Beach Yacht Club, Madeira Beach Marina,  Harborage Marina Properties, Gray Dolphin Properties, Club SeaWorthy Marina, Pasadena Marina, Point Brittany Condominiums, Villas of Point Brittany, Blue Points Marina, ABC Marina (Madeira Beach), S.P.Y.C. Sailing Center, Bradenton Boat Club, Resource Property Mgmt., The Village at Tierra Verde, City of Gulfport,  Maximo Marina, Gulfport Yacht Club, Pass-A-Grille Marina, Resource Property Management,  Westshore Yacht Club, etc.

* Inactive account.



No, all documented vessels must comply with the laws of the state in which they are operated. The vessel's document must be shown to state law enforcement personnel upon their demand. States may require documented vessels to be registered (but not numbered) and to display state decals showing that they have complied with state requirements.

Florida Statute 713.78  - Liens for recovering, towing, or storing vehicles and vessels.