City struggles to sell unwanted former floating strip club
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — The city of Kodiak is trying to get rid of what has been called a former floating strip club.
The P/V Wild Alaskan vessel was impounded on Dec. 20 and has been held in the Kodiak Shipyard ever since, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported Thursday.
In August, the city began advertising the vessel as available for purchase by the highest bidder, but it did not receive any bids.
City Manager Mike Tvenge said nobody wants the ship.
“If you look at it, it’s in need of repair,” Tvenge said. “That’s part of the reason why it was pulled out of the harbor.”
Harbormaster Derrik Magnuson said the lack of interest in the vessel is due to several, including the fact that it is a “crab buyback boat,” which means it’s not allowed to be used in commercial fisheries.
This status limits it to use as a research boat or a pleasure craft.
“Most people buying a boat like that, would want to buy it for fishing,” he said.
Magnuson also pointed to another reason the vessel isn’t selling.
“It’s not even federally documented anymore, it’s just got AK registration now,” he said. “It’s a harder process to get a vessel re-documented. That’s why no one ever lets their documentation lapse.”
The few inquiries that the city received were made by individuals who were more interested in specific parts of the vessel, Tvenge said.
While the future of the vessel remains uncertain, the city has been spending money to keep the vessel in the shipyard.
Tvenge was unsure of the exact cost of keeping the vessel in the shipyard but said, “it’s thousands of dollars.”
Information from: Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror, http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com