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Any tips on parting out a sailboat?

Sandy damage has caused several boats at our club to be declared "constructive total losses". Would it be worthwhile for the owners to part the boats themselves? Some have good masts, booms, standing rigging, winches, spinnaker poles, pulpits, pushpits, sails, diesels, and transmissions in addition to the ballast. If the insurance company offers a 35' boat at $3K, wouldn't those parts be worth far more. Clearly, there's an established market for the lead. Is there an effective way to market the rest? It seems wasteful to landfill it.
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Re: Any tips on parting out a sailboat?

There are places like Sailorman in Ft. lauderdale that consign and buy stuff like that up. I shop there all the time. If the people have a yard to store it they can E-bay that stuff out.
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Re: Any tips on parting out a sailboat?

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Sandy damage has caused several boats at our club to be declared "constructive total losses". Would it be worthwhile for the owners to part the boats themselves? Some have good masts, booms, standing rigging, winches, spinnaker poles, pulpits, pushpits, sails, diesels, and transmissions in addition to the ballast. If the insurance company offers a 35' boat at $3K, wouldn't those parts be worth far more. Clearly, there's an established market for the lead. Is there an effective way to market the rest? It seems wasteful to landfill it.
Possibly but it's a lot of work and time, disassembly (in winter), storage charges, advertizing etc. Disposing of the hull would be nasty & expensive too.

I'd take the settlement and let the Ins. Co. flog it to recyclers. Moving on to a new boat would be the quickest way to distance oneself from a disaster like that IMHO.
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Re: Any tips on parting out a sailboat?

One would have to pay for storage, labor and the cost to ultimately dispose of the hull. I doubt there would be any profit left. That's why every marina I know has a couple dozen abandon boats in the back.
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Re: Any tips on parting out a sailboat?

Maybe they could put together a list of stuff to be salvaged, post it here under the classified section and we could take a crack at it. I'm in the market for some good sails for my 27 foot Nor'sea, an electric anchor windlass, a bulkhead mounted compass and a host of other stuff. I'm not getting a warm feeling about buying an electric item from a salvaged boat but maybe it wasn't submerged.
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Re: Any tips on parting out a sailboat?

I sure I'm going to sound like a scavenger, but we are looking for a fin keel for a C&C 32, rudder, sails. Able to do the removal ourselves.
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Re: Any tips on parting out a sailboat?

A good mast alone could be worth $3,000. HAve you got one for an Evelyn 32?
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Re: Any tips on parting out a sailboat?

If you're parting out a boat on site- speed is the key. You're gonna have to work, fast, crude dirty and ugly. Forget carefully unbolting hardware- cut it free with a jigsaw, chainsaw, circular saw or sawzall. Park a 6 cube dumpster beside the boat and start from the top down- cut the hardware out, toss the waste in the dumpster, toss the good stuff into bins or the back of the truck for disassembly later. Cut the top of the house off, toss it. Repeat steps as necessary.
Buy demolition blades for your saws in blulk- you're gonna go through them. when a blade gets dull, chuck it- the time you save working with sharp tools offsets the cost of new blades. When you get down the running gear get together with other wreckers in the yard to rent a high lift forklift for a day to pull running gear- it's cheaper than a crane and just as effective for pulling out sialboat drivetrains.
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Re: Any tips on parting out a sailboat?

kick up rudder for a catalina -22? open to bids?
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