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if anyone has a swing keel for a spirit 23 im intrested some other parts also
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Re: Any tips on parting out a sailboat?

ebay. One can sell anything. I've sold everything from a Jeep to a broken wheel pilot.

I need self tailing primaries and a new prop. I check ebay regularly looking for "that" deal.
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Re: Any tips on parting out a sailboat?

Lead is about $1.00 a pound. $2000.00 salvage with $5000.00 of lead bolted to the bottom, just think about that. You'll burn through $50.00 of sawzall baldes and you'd better have a truck to haul the engines & trannies & other metals to the scrapyard and have room for a roll-off dumpster $250.00-$400.00 next to the soon-to-be non boat. Another $500.00 or so to the boatyard for the haulout and the space.
So you pocket about $2000.00 for two day's work right away and then you start selling the good parts.
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Lead is about $1.00 a pound.....
I believe clean soft lead may cost that if you want to buy it, but not sell it. Further, boat keels are not usually pure soft lead, they are hardened with a few percent of something else. I think the going rate for a scrap yard to pay to buy impure lead is going to be less than a quarter per pound.
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I will bet you can't easily cut a 35ft boat in small enough pieces to fit in a 40 yard roll off dumpster, which is a bit over 20ft long.

Like I said, if the economics worked well, marinas would not be stocked with abandoned boats. They would hire some summer kids and at least clean the yard up.
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Re: Any tips on parting out a sailboat?

Boats are being cut up by crews, you can see the parts in the "Sailing Hardware" section of eBay Motors - many winches, pulpits, pushpits, rudders, keels, sails, and other spare parts at bargain prices.
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I will bet you can't easily cut a 35ft boat in small enough pieces to fit in a 40 yard roll off dumpster, which is a bit over 20ft long.
Sure you can. it's done everyday. I cut donorboat into pieces small enough to get the entire boat onto a 5 x8' trailer.
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BTW, our local scrapyard buys clean sailboat keels for $.55/lb. Mars Keels will pay $.65-$.75/lb, but you have to bring it to them. not real practical for one keel more than 50 miles away, but if you've got a load worth loading on a flatbed it starts to pay off.

Why don't boatyards cut up and dispose of old boats? Likely a bunch of reasons- 1. They aren't in the salvage business. 2. Title and ownership issues. 3. Somebody might buy the whole boat someday- then you've got more work clming in and another slip rented. 4. It's nasty, dirty, itchy, hard, occasionally dangerous work with very sharp tools. If you have teenagers, you know a)how hard it is to get them to do anything nasty, dirty, itchy or hard and b) power tool safety is not top of mind. It would be a supervisory and liability nightmare.
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Sure you can. it's done everyday. I cut donorboat into pieces small enough to get the entire boat onto a 5 x8' trailer......
I've never done it, so I will defer to those that have.

However, if I followed correctly, this was a 25 ft boat? A 35 foot boat would be enormously bigger and more difficult. The keel alone would grow from 1200 to 5000 pounds. I suspect that same ratio would apply to the rest.
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Re: Any tips on parting out a sailboat?

I should have said that lead is ALMOST a buck a pound. I sold 500# for $.85. I had to shop around to get that price, the first guy quoted me $.20.
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