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can someone give me an estimate on this

Hi, a friend of mine purchased a property recently which has what appears to be a 23 to 27 foot single mast sail boat on the dock.

Now the boat itself is trashed, but I believe the keel is worth some decent money if I can salvage it. How much though is the question. Does anyone know about what it would be worth at a salvage yard or what I could do to find out?
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Re: can someone give me an estimate on this

Find out the sailboat model first. The weight of the ballast will vary greatly between a 23' and 27' sailboat.

Look up the model on sailboatdata.com and see if the ballast is iron or lead. Lead is all that has value. A bolt-on lead keel would be the easiest one to salvage.

A metal salvage yard will probably pay you between 25 and 50 cents per pound of lead, you can call local ones to see.

The mast and boom, winches, and any blocks (pulleys) or sails in good shape have value too.
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Re: can someone give me an estimate on this

Looks like you'd get around $.50/lb for bulk lead like a keel (assuming the keel is lead), if cast iron I'd expect less.

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Re: can someone give me an estimate on this

what is the keel made out of? If lead it is worth about 75 cents a lbs. if iron it is worth about 25 cents a lbs. if it is a center board boat it is worth nothing
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Re: can someone give me an estimate on this

It is a 27 foot lead keel I just found out. Turns out a friend ran the numbers and found that out. Any of you have any estimation as to what the weight of it might be?
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Re: can someone give me an estimate on this

Im gonna see if I can find the numbers, where would they be on this particular boat?
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Re: can someone give me an estimate on this

There may also be hardware on the boat that is worth some money - blocks, winches, etc. If it is an iron keel you will probably pay more for disposal than what you will get from the scrap yard. I would probably advertise the boat as "Free to good hands". I have scrapped a couple of boats and can tell you it is more of a headache than a gain.
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Re: can someone give me an estimate on this

For a 27' boat you will likely have a keel in the 2000-2500 lbs range. That is over a grand for the lead (depending on the current scrap lead price in your local yard). But getting it there is not going to be a picnic.
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Im gonna see if I can find the numbers, where would they be on this particular boat?
You won't find 'the numbers' on the boat.. but if you post a pic someone will recognize it and most of that data is available on line.
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Re: can someone give me an estimate on this

If your friend knows it's 27' and likely knows what kind/model of boat it is. You can look up that model and may see what the manufacturer specs are online.
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