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Re: Keel Scrapping
This has all been really great information, I appreciate all the replies!
If I can get the keel cleaned up - as you indicated, bljones, "bare" is exactly what the scrapyard guy told me - I can get $1,750 for it, or 60% of what I originally paid for her. As for the insurance, since I only paid $3000 for the boat - she was supposed to be a big winter project for me - and since I didn't expect a hurricane to roll through Cleveland, I only had the most basic liability, so to be honest, I'm happy they covered the $5,500 to pull her out of the water. That said, I've learned my lesson on that front and will be better covered next time. As hellosailor suggested, I think most everybody else's insurance company took title of their boat, so I'm one of the stragglers and there aren't really 20 other boat owners to negotiate collectively with at this point - most everything has been scrapped.
Good call on stripping off what I can - It sounds like I may end up getting more for the wreck than I paid for the ship, depending on what is still worthwhile. This was my first boat and I was about to have her hauled out and start working on the hull when the storm hit, so I don't know too much about grinding down the fairing and bottom paint. Can anyone point me in the direction of some good information on that front? I had been building a small library on glass work, but it mostly went down with Dorothy, so any good book titles or web sites would be appreciated.