Responsible Boat Disposal
We Don't Break Boats*, We Care for Them

A Seasafe Dandy removed from customers yard

Re-Homing, Removal and Disposal of Old Boats

Responsible Boat Disposal provides Re-Homing and Recycling services to boat and dinghy owners, who face the necessity to dispose of their beloved vessels either because of their age or condition. We operate all over the country, with yards near Plymouth, Devon, in Ipswich, Suffolk and in Greater Manchester area, 

We don't just scrap boats sending them to landfills, but we care for them and search for new owners or other ways to reuse them. Where it is needed we remove the unwanted boats and yachts both from land and water. If no other options are available, we dismantle and scrap boats, disposing of the fibreglass through Waste-to-Energy plants,

* sometimes even we end up breaking them

These are the boats we currently offer for re-homing:

Breaking Boats? 
Breaking Bad!

Is breaking boats a good and responsible solution?

When a boat looks End-of-life, it is tempting to think that breaking her up is the best solution. But is it indeed?

  • The GRP is not recyclable, it will stay in a landfill for centuries.
  • There are almost no bits and materials you can recover.
  • The overall cost (transportation and disposing) is exorbitant

How to Dispose of a Boat or Dinghy Responsibly?

Corribee 22 leaving Yacht Heaven Quay, Plymouth

Find a new Home

This is the most uplifting solution: a new loving owner, instead of actual disposal of the boat, and that is exactly what we do. She will be treated well, and cared for more years to come. And many unwanted boats which might appear scrap can actually be disposed, or better to say, re-homed,  in this way.

Dump it?

Well, while this is clearly the easiest solution, it is hardly necessary to argue against this way of boat disposal  - pollution, both visual and chemical, responsibility, both legal and moral, all goes wrong here.

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We shall both attempt to rehome your old lady, and remove and dispose responsibly of your boat if needed. We shall reuse as many bits as possible to cut the boat disposal costs, and send the leftovers to Waste-to-Energy plants, instead of landfills.

Request a Quote

Telephone: 0161 818 7821

South-West branch:
167 Notte Str, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2HF

London and South-East branch:
Suffolk Yacht Harbour, Levington, Ipswich IP10 0LN

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Abandoned Corribee 22 looking for a new home, Plymouth

How much does it cost to dispose a boat?

Coribee 22, 08/2021, Plymouth: Free

The cost of disposal of a boat will depend greatly on its condition and location. If it is salvageable, it will be possible to find a new home for her, and then the cost is essentially zero (we do charge a brokerage fee in this case, so not exactly zero 🤷🏽‍♂️). 

If a full scale disposal is needed, the recycling of a boat usually amounts to about £60-£80 per foot of LOA.  That said, selling any recoverable bits (engines, etc) will usually cut the final cost to a certain degree.

The Boats We Re-Homed recently

We are getting quite a number of Boat Disposal requests, and here there are some highlights of the recent boats we have successfully re-homed. These boats were abandoned, or in urgent need of a new owner.

You can find what we have to offer at the moment on our Facebook page, for more already re-homed boats see our Re-homing Archive.

Free Fox Club 18

Due to the illness of the owner, they were not able to enjoy this GK24 anymore. A new generation sailor was found to take care of her.

04/2024, Newhaven

Free Fox Club 18

Engine problems made the owner reluctant to keep doing the boat up. She was sold now.

04/2024, Bristol

Free Fox Club 18

A survey requesting certain repairs, made the sale impossible. But scrapping already? No, Re-Homing.

04/2024, Southampton

Free Fox Club 18

It became another addition to the Sailing team of ScoutsCymru

03/2024, South Wales

Free Fox Club 18

It was a season of sailing dinghies. One more forgotten Laser was re-homed.

03/2024, Oxfordshire

Free Fox Club 18

This racing dinghy sat unused for the last 10 years. New foster family has been found.

03/2024, Bristol

Free Fox Club 18

This tired but serviceable sailing dinghy now joined the fleet of Scouts Wales Sailing team.

03/2024, Norfolk

Free Fox Club 18

A structurally sound boat, but with her interior in need refurbishment, she required new carer to proceed with the project.

03/2024, Suffolk

Free Fox Club 18

Missing engine made this motorboat not worth of selling, but still too good for scrapping. A local enthusiast is caring for her now.

02/2024, Devon

Free Fox Club 18

A tricky project this one is - cold molded marine ply boat required a knowledgeable new owner to take care of.

02/2024, Devon

Free Fox Club 18

The owner lived on the boat for nearly ten years but during the last 18 months it has fallen into a state of disrepair and it deserved love and restoration.

02/2024, Manchester

Free Fox Club 18

Another example of the health problems preventing maintenance and use of a boat. Got pretty green over the Covid, but now saved.

02/2024, Cornwall

Free Fox Club 18

An elderly owner could not continue the project due to health issues. With most part present, it was another save from boatbreakers.

02/2024, Surrey

Free Fox Club 18

An abandoned project, passing form hands to hands for several years required a new carer

01/2024, Plymouth

Our Customers

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