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. 

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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Ask Us for Help

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
Haye Down Industrial Estate, 
Tavistock PL19 0NN

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.

Our Boats

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, or still being available. These boats were abandoned, or in urgent need of a new owner.

Project Halcyon 27

Westerly 22

The farm was sold, but the boat stored there remained. New owned took her after checking on the trailer condition. Another Re-homing in Worcester.


Project Halcyon 27

Kestrel Sailing Dinghy

Old but well equipped Kestrel sailing dinghy from a Torquay club has not used for quite some time, when the previous owner requireв the space for a new project.  


Project Halcyon 27

Cutlass 27

Lovely classical sailing boat, which unfortunately pinched its hull on a lower tide and sunk near Edinburgh. Salvaged and given to a young family for a restoration. 


Project Halcyon 27

Maxi 95

The boat was left for almost a decade in the boatyard in Devon, and suffered with rainwater and diesel flooding. After urgent decontamination a new owner was sought for.


Project Halcyon 27

Halcyon 27

A case of an unfinished project with everything being there: good sails, running engine and electronics, but missing the final touch.

04/2022, Cornwall

Re-homed Nicholson 32

Nicholson 32

The case of this Nik 32 is far from being a common one. The owner had to move urgently away to care for his mother, and asked us to care for the boat.

04/2022, Devon

Abandoned Norman 20

Norman 20

This small river cruiser was in a marina for quite some time due to the owner moving abroad. She was already on her way to a scrap yard when a new owner was found. 

04/2022, Cambridgeshire

Abandoned Scanmar 33

Scanmar 33

Swedish built Scanmar 33 was practically abandoned by her owner in a sailing club in Plymouth. The boat was taking water, and an urgent appeal for re-homing was successful.


Rehomed Yvette 41ft

Osthammar Batvarv 41

A rare all teak sailboat of 1964 was longing for care and love in a Plymouth marina.  she went to a new home in Suffolk.


Rehomed Folkdancer 27

Folkdancer 27

This classic sailboat from the 60s became too much of a burden for her ageing owner, especially given the unfavourable survey results.  New local owners are to restore her now in Cardiff.


Rehomed Signet 20

Signet 20

The club in Plymouth where the owner used to keep this little gem was acquired by a bigger marina, all boat must be gone! New owner enjoying it now.


Rehomed Hurley 22

Hurley 22 project

Changing circumstances is a most common cause for re-homing of boating project.This Hurley 22 was stripped of its interior, but had to be passed on to a new owner in Hampshire. 

Rehomed Corribee Mk2

Corribee Mk2 1976

Left in a Plymouth boatyard for many years, this Caribbee actually sailed  on her own to her new home just two weeks after we put her on the market.



Rehomed Seasafe Dandy

1978 Seasafe Dandy

A happy new owner was found for this 1978 Seasafe Dandy abandoned in the farm fields of York. 



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