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scrapping a sailboat

i am toying with the idea of srapping my 1971 irwin 38-1 ..the reason is that it needs so much work ... what the boat does have is 6500 lbs of lead . does any one know how to get rid of the fiberglass if i cut the boat up.. in florida i live in stuart and any info on doing this...selling the boat has been difficult .... any pointers would be great
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Re: scrapping a sailboat

I suppose one would have a large construction dumpster dropped off to be filled with the fiberglass pieces and then hauled to the landfill.

It's sad when a boat's ballast and fittings are worth more than the intact boat, but these days is certainly a fact of life.

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Re: scrapping a sailboat

We usually strip the boat, drop the keel and haul to the local land fill where they charge you by the weight to drop is. Best way if you can set it on a trailer or get someone to haul for you. Otherwise, get your saw out an cut it into managable chunks.
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Re: scrapping a sailboat

What listing are you using to sell her may I ask..? I looked on Craigslist in your area and nothing for sale in the 38foot range.. except a I-37 in Dania...Craigs is a good place to sell stuff..even large sailboats...another questiuon..is your boat in the water or on land...To cut her up ...if your presently in the water you'll need her hauled out and put somewhere to do the cuttin...a marina is probably gonna want a cut too...get it? Good luck...Let us know how things proceed if you would..thx..
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Re: scrapping a sailboat

Why not just take her out past territorial waters in 1000+ ft of water and pull the plug? Must be someone who could give you a lift back in. If you cut her up, the lead (if you can get it to a recycler) is worth a few bucks but probably not enough to pay for a large dumpster.
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Re: scrapping a sailboat

Plenty of folks out there looking for free boat. Maybe post an ad and be upfront about the work needed, ask just enough to cover your advertising and be sure to transfer title to the new owner. Growing up in Tampa I knew plenty of guys would take a boat that was basically scrap and use it for fishing new shore.

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Re: scrapping a sailboat

I hear you don't get but 20 cents/pound or so (a year ago) if your lucky....thats alot of work for 20 cents a pound of just about anything I can think of... put that thing on Craigs cheap and you will have a flood of calls...unless it's truly a hulking heap of crap...
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Re: scrapping a sailboat

Why not just donate the boat to a charity, then you can take a great tax write-off.

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Re: scrapping a sailboat

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Why not just donate the boat to a charity, then you can take a great tax write-off.

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Good idea, but you can only write off what the charity sells it for. New rule.
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Why not just donate the boat to a charity, then you can take a great tax write-off.

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From what I've been hearing the charities are not accepting 'just anything'.. they won't want to be stuck with the bill of disposing of something unsellable either.

I'd try the 'take it off my hands' on Craigslist first, I think...
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