Posted by: oldsalt1942 | August 15, 2009

Shantyboaters Beware of W. Va. Law

When we think of having a shantyboat and the freedom that would seem to come with such, we give little thought to what the law may have to say about such endeavors.

In West Virginia Shantyboaters have to be careful not to run afoul of  the West Virginia Code. More specifically Chapter 61 “Crimes and their Punishment. §61-3-36-Anchoring or beaching shantyboats on lands of another; penalties.”


If any person, being the owner or occupier of any shanty boat, or boat of like kind, who anchors, ties or beaches such boat upon the real estate of another for a longer period than twelve hours, except in case of distress, without the permission of the owner or agent of the owner of such real estate, upon which such boat is anchored, tied or beached, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than fifty dollars, or confined in the county jail not more than thirty days, in the discretion of the court. And each twelve hours that such owner or occupier, after having been notified to remove, allows such boat to remain at such place, or anchored, tied or beached upon the premises of such owner, shall be treated as a separate offense. And any such person having been notified to remove such boat, who shall, within thirty days thereafter, gain anchor, tie or beach any boat upon the real estate of such owner, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction, shall be fined not exceeding fifty dollars and imprisoned in the county jail not exceeding thirty days. Any justice of the peace in any county of the state where such offense or offenses shall be committed shall have jurisdiction thereof.

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  1. I would think that’s a given. I see no problem with this law. If I owned land and had a person do this I would want them gone ASAP, unless there is a case of distress. Without knowing the laws for each individual state regarding shantyboats, we already have the respectful knowledge and wisdom of not ever doing this.


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