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    Default How to scrap a fiberglass boat hull

    Does anyone know how to get rid of a descent shape 20' 1968 fiberglass cuddy cabin hull?

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    Landfill maybe?
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    i have gotten rid of several, put on ebay for $20.00 project boat. pulled it on the trailer to front yard or corner, and put free boat, not trailer, on it. hauled it to the land fill, cut them up with a chainsaw, use a water hose to keep it wet, dust, put it out for the trash to carry off over a period of weeks. craigslist free boat.
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    I bought a cheapie last summer that had a motor and trailer with it - all of $50.00. The couple we bought it from cheered and told the kids the junk boat was gone and they were ordering pizza & wings for dinner!!

    I got it home and pulled the motor off the boat and the boat off the trailer. I left the boat by the side of the road with a $50.00 sign on it. It was gone in three days. And we ordered pizza & wings that night!!

    Point is, if you put a low enough price tag on it, someone will buy it and make it THEIR problem. Unless the boat is absolutely, positively non-salvageable, I think some attempt should be made to find a new owner... I hate it when a boat that could be saved is crushed or cut up...

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    Ayuh,......

    I've done the "Free Boat" thing before with Great Luck,......

    But,.... Scott,.... I Love your $50. story Much Better............
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    Another thing I've found is that if you sell it, it won't come back. If you give it away, it may find its way back onto your property... I had that happen to me about 15 years ago with a Lone Star I'd given away. We came back up to the cottage the next weekend and it was back in the yard - bugger didn't even bother to put it back on the blocks I'd set it on! If you sell it, even dirt cheap, it won't sneak back in the dead of night...
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    last year i bought a boat and trailer in Orlando, didn't need or want boat, before i went to pick it up, i put the boat on ebay $20.00 free delivery between Orlando and Jacksonville,. sold it to a guy in Orlando, delivered it, push the boat off in his yard. save me the gas of towing the hull home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chinewalker View Post
    Another thing I've found is that if you sell it, it won't come back. If you give it away, it may find its way back onto your property... I had that happen to me about 15 years ago with a Lone Star I'd given away. We came back up to the cottage the next weekend and it was back in the yard - bugger didn't even bother to put it back on the blocks I'd set it on! If you sell it, even dirt cheap, it won't sneak back in the dead of night...
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    I have scrapped 4 now to the landfill.
    I stripped out what I wanted and dumped the rest.
    All in the 17-20 ft range and most it cost me was $35 and I had tossed in a bunch of other crap that I wanted to dispose of.
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    Yeah...I'm just looking at options if too many parts become too hard or expensive to get for my old electric shift. Lots of parts can be salvaged and sold for more than what i paid for the whole boat as a last resort. I was just thinking since there is no metal i might have to pay to dump a hull. I suppose someone would pick it up for cheap or free though. I'm not giving up yet just looking at options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiMLit View Post
    I have scrapped 4 now to the landfill.
    I stripped out what I wanted and dumped the rest.
    All in the 17-20 ft range and most it cost me was $35 and I had tossed in a bunch of other crap that I wanted to dispose of.
    $35? WOW! Do you live in Florida by chance? Do they charge by weight or a flat fee? Were they fiberglass?

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    the average 18' bowrider here goes about $20.00 at the landfill. you have to have the fuel tanks out.
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    Those days of taking them to the dump may be numbered.
    I'm currently adding $3 million of improvements to the Clay County Landfill/Recycling, and I see people hauling in old hulls, talking to the people in the scale house, and making a u-turn, and taking them back out the gate.

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    -the thief knows you never saw his face.
    Naw,..... No Thiefs involved,....

    He Gave it away,..... The reciepient Returned it while he was away.........

    Ayuh,.... Here's alittle "Free Boat" story for ya,......

    Back in the early 80s,... A Bud of mine had a Junkyard,+ was junkin' a 1961 Glastron Jet-Flite, with an old V4 Johnyrude gashog 60hp....
    I kinda liked it,+ had just bought my 1st waterfrontage,....
    So he Gave it to me,... No Charge, just bring the trailer back,....
    I drug it home,+ yanked the Johnyrude,+ bolted,.. No Clamped an 80hp I4 Merc on it,+ Went Boatin'....
    'course, within a few Minutes, the motor slid off to the side in a turn,+ I danm near Lost it,... The old Cables,+ Fuel line holding it on,....
    Anyways,.... I ran it a couple summers with a couple of 80hps.....
    Then I found a carbon copy of it, only in much Better(Not as Rotten) shape for $250. on a trailer,.. So I bought it....
    I then Gave the 1st 1 to another Bud of mine,... Gone......
    Tommy spent a good amount of time on it, He got as far as stripping it to the Bare glass shell,... Just alittle ridge where the stringers used to be..... All ready for Wood,+ Fiberglass........
    Then he traded it off as a Project Hull.......
    10, 15 Years or so later,... I'm splitting a big farmhouse with another Bud,... Cheap rent,+ Lots'a Room..... Well,.... In splitting the bills,.. Bob got into my pocket alittle ways,... To settle the debt,....

    I got the little Glastron Back.......
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    lol, that Glastron just won't die.

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    Default Re: How to scrap a fiberglass boat hull

    Get a good (12 amp or better) sawzall or reciprocating saw, a pack of fine tooth (metal cutting) blades, and start cutting it up.

    I've disposed of more than I care to think about in our 90 gallon "herby curby".

    Takes time....(weeks) and if you fill your herby with household waste, it won't work. Most of the time ours is 1/2 to 3/4 full so there's room.

    Also, if you tip your garbage pick up guy...he'll toss in the extra for you. I usually leave $3 to $5 depending on how much there is! I set it beside the container, or if I'm home, meet him out there. Takes three minutes to make the deal. I've got an arrangement with my trash guy....and it works.

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    You could just wait until one of us suckers here in the restoration and building section finishes our project...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coors View Post
    lol, that Glastron just won't die.
    Ayuh,......

    I've still got Both of them sitting in the backyard,....
    Waiting for my Attention........
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    Quote Originally Posted by rotor_av8 View Post
    $35? WOW! Do you live in Florida by chance? Do they charge by weight or a flat fee? Were they fiberglass?

    Charge by weight.
    I asked if there were any stipulations of what it could still have on it and they said no.
    Odd considering our landfill is considered very cutting edge from what I am told.
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    I scrapped and parted out over a dozen last year alone, the local landfill here takes boats so long as there's no fuel tank. The most I've paid was $42 and that was a 24' cuddy cabin that was pretty well soaked throughout.

    I've also smashed up a few with a backhoe and put them out piece by piece with the trash. If I catch the right crew, sometimes they'll crunch up a whole boat in one shot for a few beers. (Beer is an excellent motivator).

    It's usually just easier and cheaper to just take it to the landfill. There is a few places that are starting to pay for fiberglass as a recyclable material but they are few and far between. There is on someplace in MD, but it's not worth the haul for me from NJ.

    I've seen a few towed offshore and sunk but you can bet that getting caught would be far more expensive than the dump fees. I've also seen a few just ghost launched, sort of a launch and leave deal, if it floats, it usually beaches itself down stream or heads out to see. I've run across a few like that in the river. One of my boats came to me that way, someone had abandoned it and just launched it and set it a sail in the ocean. I found it bouncing in the surf and went through the long process of getting a title.

    I've done a few with the backhoe method, I can vouch for the fact that a 15' trihull will fit in two trash cans if properly pulverized with the hoe and bucket. If you have access to a track machine, it makes the boat nice a flat and a few moving turns on top and all you need to do is sweep up the remains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiMLit View Post
    Charge by weight.
    I asked if there were any stipulations of what it could still have on it and they said no.
    Odd considering our landfill is considered very cutting edge from what I am told.
    "Cutting edge" for a landfill simply means that it's sealed and they use the methane produced to run a powerplant.
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    Unfortunately, here on Long Island getting rid of a boat legally is not that easy. I scrapped a 25' cabin cruiser last June. Spent 3 days stripping off most of the stuff I had spent 3 years putting into it. Drained the gas tank and the engine oil. Luckily a friend of mine owns a boat hauling company so it was hauled 15 miles for free. I ONLY had to pay $200 to the local salvage yard to take it and crush it. The town dump wanted $225 and the gas tank would have had to be removed. That's why some boats are just left in marinas or empty lots, a real eyesore. Now you know why I was able to buy my present, project, boat from the marina. It would has cost them too much to throw it away! Hy.

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    You are right - it is hard to scrap a boat on Long Island!

    Where was the yard that you took yours to to get it scrapped?

    I can get mine there without a problem.

    Thanks for your help.

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