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Old 21-03-2013, 13:39   #1
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How to Get Rid of Derelict Boat w/o Sinking it

Seriously! How does one get rid of a derelict fiberglass boat 35' legally and cheaply? I have been offered a 35' that I can salvage parts from, but need to remove and get rid of hull. Has anybody done this before? How do the marinas or insurance companies do it ?
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Depends on where in the world you are. Whose legal jurisdiction are you subject to?
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Old 21-03-2013, 13:51   #3
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chainsaw ,boltcutters ,angle gringer and a skip,takes a day or so
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Old 21-03-2013, 13:54   #4
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Re: How to Get Rid of Derelict Boat w/o Sinking it

Sell it as a project boat.

There's a project boat buyer born every minute!
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Re: How to Get Rid of Derelict Boat w/o Sinking it

Boat is located in New Jersey. I just want to do it legally with least mess. I have thought of chainsaw method, but not have that much time to work on project. I know it is nothing a salvage yard would be interested in taking as no resale value for them to scrap. Just wondering if anybody has a resource for this. I guess I could start by calling a landfill. In end not want price of hauling and disposal to cost more than parts gleaned from boat.
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Re: How to Get Rid of Derelict Boat w/o Sinking it

advertise a free boat. People are picky, you could offer them free boat and 300 dollars to start their refit if you get no takers on the free boat part.
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Re: How to Get Rid of Derelict Boat w/o Sinking it

What did everybody do with the totaled Sandy boats? Down here there is a salvage yard, kinda like a junk yard. Have you called a marine salvage in your area to see where they would recommend?
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Even if you choose the landfill route, they may make you chop it up into smaller pieces.
The keel might be worth $2 lb. if it's lead...
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Re: How to Get Rid of Derelict Boat w/o Sinking it

Here you can take them to the landfill, you don't need to chop them up either, they charge you by the pound. All toxic stuff fluids engine etc must be gone. Their tractors turn them into rubble very easily.

Have you ever been to the landfill?? Everyone needs to go and see what all their trash becomes! Nasty incredible place hidden from everyone. Schools should have field trips there, really.
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Even if you choose the landfill route, they may make you chop it up into smaller pieces.
The keel might be worth $2 lb. if it's lead...

Is keel lead something special, around here I can buy lead bricks for less then $1.50/lb. and I only get about $0.50/lb for clean scrap lead.
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Sounds like some good ideas. Will talk with some Sandy marine salvage companies and some landfills. Thanks all.
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The most expensive part might be getting it to the land fill.
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Is keel lead something special, around here I can buy lead bricks for less then $1.50/lb. and I only get about $0.50/lb for clean scrap lead.
You could sell it to China...they make plates, cups and silverware out of it and they pay top dollar!
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Re: How to Get Rid of Derelict Boat w/o Sinking it

I've known people who tear boats apart for a livliehood. The keel is a big payday right off the bat. A trailer is necessary to haul it away, then a dumpster is rented to throw the fiberglass chunks in. Mostly they would sawzall out all the parts then cut it up with a chainsaw, streetsaw or sawzall. The parts would typically go to craigslist or a marine salvage yard.
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Re: How to Get Rid of Derelict Boat w/o Sinking it

Not too many landfills left in NJ anymore. Not like when I was a kid. Tightly regulated now.

Another thread got me looking at uship. There are a bunch of boats being shipped out of Atlantic Highlands, NJ.

Gotta be Sandy boats looking for a home.
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