I work for a Texas state government agency and one of my co-worker's wives works for TPWD. I was talking to her about this very subject when I got my new boat registered and she said one reason Texas has gotten more stringent on non-titled or abandoned boats is that there have been numerous incidents of abandoned boats after the hurricanes of the past few years. That is more than likely why one poster was told to "try further inland". And as also posted, there have been incidents where someone abandoned a boat, someone else got it titled, and then a relative of the "abandoner" surfaced wanting "Dad's boat" and it was a legal mess. This also happens with trailers and motor vehicles and Texas has made changes with that regard as well.