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"I would like to know where they come up with these outrageous numbers for disposing of boats. My estimate would be something like:"
You've obviously never held an elected office, or a corporate management position.
The outrageous numbers usually result from the need to FOLLOW THE RULES as opposed to DIY. Following the rules often means union labor and labor contract provisions. One chain saw operator? Add one supervisor to manage. Add one driver for the haul truck. Add a flagman if there's any traffic or road in the area. Add...lots of things that are required for municipal jobs.
Now double or triple that, because there's LEAD involved the entire job becomes a HAZMAT containment operation, until the certified HAZMAT crew has removed all hazardous material form the site, and shipped that off to a certified hazmat disposal site.
None of which really matters in many cases. Like the town in Rhode Isalnd, which will eventually--and simply--add those costs to the tax bill of the man who built the illegal dock and brought in the boats. Then they'll sell his property at tax auction, and recoup their money.
Towns, union members (the general public) and everyone else who mandate the expensive labor schemes, all want it this way. Can't complain about what you voted for, and someone sure as hell voted in those expensive labor rates.