Responsible Boat Disposal operates from Plymouth, Devon and Ipswich, Suffolk and provides Re-Homing and Recycling services to boat owners, who face the necessity to dispose of their beloved boats either because of their age or condition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A case of an unfinished project with everything being there: good sails, running engine and electronics, but missing the final touch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A happy new owner was found for this 1978 Seasafe Dandy abandoned in the farm fields of York.