California Harbors And Navigation Code Section 524
(a) Any peace officer, as described in Section 663, may store
any vessel removed from private property when the vessel is found on,
or attached to, private property and a report has previously been
made that the vessel has been stolen or a complaint has been filed
and a warrant thereon issued charging that the vessel has been
(b) Any peace officer, as described in Section 663, may, after a
reasonable period of time, remove a vessel from private property if
the vessel has been involved in, and left at, the scene of a boating
accident and no owner is available to grant permission to remove the
vessel. This subdivision does not authorize the removal of a vessel
if the owner has been contacted and has refused to grant permission
to remove the vessel.
(c) Nothing in this section is intended to expand the territorial
jurisdiction of peace officers beyond the provisions of Sections
830.1 and 830.2 of the Penal Code.