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Does that mean my mother still owned a portion of the property since the utility bills were still in her name?
No, the utility bills don't have anything to do with the ownership of the property. That is determined by the deed exclusively.
As for the personal property, the deed only covers the real estate and items permanently attached to the land. So any personal property like the boat, seadoo, and any items in the house that aren't sisters are mother's personal property and would be included in her estate. That means that they would descend either according to her will or under default state law if she had no will.