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.

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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

The boat was abandoned in a harbour being practically intact and fully equipped. A new owner was sought for and found.

01/2024, Devon

Free RS 400 Dinghy

Another story of unsuccessful sale. Now donated to the Tamar River Sailing Club.

01/2024, Plymouth

Free ARAWAK 24ft

A strong boat full of character needed a new carer due to the current owner going overseas. Now new enthusiast is found to restore her.

12/2023, Plymouth

Free Pioneer 10

The sale had been stalled for several years, causing the owner to become anxious. Our promotion reignited interest, and the boat was eventually sold.

11/2023, Northwich

Free Cox 22

This motorsailer was a burden too much for the owner, but the condition not suitable for a sale. Thus, re-homed now.

10/2023, East Sussex 

Free Pandora 22

A nationwide appeal for a new home triggered an owner's neighbour to come up and take the boat over.

10/2023, Windermere

Free Vivacity 20

An abandoned project was offered by the yard owners for re-homing. Went to a young family.

10/2023, Plymouth

Free Vivacity 20

The hull required lots of repairs needed far beyond the budget of the owner, hence a new home was found.

09/2023, Kennet & Avon canal

Free Vivacity 20

Just a forgotten dinghy. Life going on, but the dinghy was sitting there behind. Now in new hands of a family.

09/2023, Ipswich

Free Vivacity 20

A new boat coming required vacating quickly the mooring. Now re-homed with the new owner.

09/2023, Brixham

Free Vivacity 20

She has not been in the water since pre-covid and relocation forced passing the boat on.

09/2023, Suffolk

Free Narrowboat 45ft

The problems with the CRT licence and lack of funds for repairs called for Re-Homing.

09/2023, London

Free Skiff 18 dinghy

A selling advert did not work even after over a year online, so the owner asked us for a different solution. 

09/2023, Devon

Free Frolic 18

The boat has been removed from the property of the ageing owner, but instead of scraping a new happy owner was found

09/2023, Suffolk

Free Ballerina 2

The owner has reached the age where the required annual maintenance became increasingly difficult to keep up with.

08/2023, Pembrokeshire

Free Skipper 17

Her current owner was not able to sail her anymore, due to the age and health issues. Selling was not the option either.

08/2023, East Sussex

Free motorboat

Bury Parish Council was cleaning the grounds. Re-Homing provided cheap and sustainable alternative.

08/2023, Chichester

Free Steel Cutter

The owner decided that the boat served him well and already paid him all the debts. New home found.

08/2023, Oxfordshire

Free Freeman 22

Freeman 22

Unfinished project was doomed to scrapping but high removal costs forced looking for an alternative.

08/2023, Gloucestershire

Free Pilot Sea Angler

The owner asked for a quick solution to remove the boat. Done, and new home found.

08/2023, Kent

Free Steel Cutter

Steel gaff rigged cutter by Percy Dalton required more attention than the owner could dedicate. Re-Homed.

08/2023, Southampton

Free Laser dinghy

Laser Dinghy

Just an old sailing dingy, No to scrapping, yes to Re-Homing to a local sailing club.

08/2023, Devon

Free Westerly Centaru

Owner lived too far away to conduct viewings herself, and no local broker was willing to engage, hence the Re-Homing.

07/2023, Norfolk

Our Customers

We work both with individuals and businesses. Among our most recent corporate customers, are such companies as

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