Catalina 27 Hull #2834
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Madeira Beach
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Decommissioning a boat
I have subscribed to sailing magazines for over 15 years and have never seen this question answered, either from the perspective of Sailing Tradition or physical action:
How do you get rid of a boat when it is no longer of value?
From a traditional perspective, I understand that decommissioning involves champagne over the bow, or something like that to appease King Neptune, I also have heard of practical solutions of hauling a boat to a dump, chopping up the fiberglass, but then there's the lead ballast to deal with...
My neighbor has enthusiastically suggested sinking the vessel beyond 12 miles out and making a personal artificial reef. I like the thought of videotaping me in a white sportcoat, champange and cigar in hand, as the boat goes on to Davey Jones' Locker. Much more classic than going to Fiddler's Green with a chainsaw...Any and all suggestions are appreciated.