"What happens to old boats?" - The mission of Boatbreakers
“What happens to old boats?” It’s a question many boat owners don’t even consider until the day they need to call us at Boatbreakers.
We dispose of end of life boats from all over the UK. Sometimes they have been left to rot in a boat yard or on a mooring. Others are stuck in the driveway or garden just in the way. Some are new boats that have been involved in collisions and have then been written off by a surveyor.
The biggest hurdle is trying to get people to pay to dispose of their boat. It is too easy for some unscrupulous types to just abandon their vessel. The burden then falls to whoever‘s land the boat is left on.
At Boatbreakers we are trying to grow a boat breaking network across the UK, Ireland and Europe. With more Boatbreakers sites around the country it will cut down costly boat transport costs. These costs make up a large chunk of any disposal bill, as we have to get the boats back to us in Portsmouth.
The other major cost involved in scrapping a boat is paying to dispose of the waste. If a solution or a reuse could be found for the old FRP hull material we could dramatically reduce the bill once more.
Our business would then become a simple logistics exercise of arranging for boats to be delivered to the closest scrapyard and disposed of. Most importantly the cost would be in the hundreds not the thousands. Which would hopefully mean more people would take the honest approach. Especially if it means they escape the bill mooring fee bills.
Whether you have bought your boat brand-new or secondhand on a site like this. The chances are you probably won’t be that boat’s only owner. However, if you are the boat’s last owner, the bill falls to you to pay for her disposal. We don’t think this is right as every owner who has owned that boat should have some responsibility.
A simple solution to this would be to charge a percentage on all newbuilds and then on every insurance policy for that boat. This would then mean that those costs could be put into a pot and used when the time comes for the boat to be destroyed. There are some issues with this as who would control the money and what if foreign boats end up dumped in the UK. The chances are chasing EU to clean up boats on our shores would be tricky.
At Boatbreakers we don’t claim to be the only people breaking boats. Across Europe there are other companies some with funding from their governments who will collect and dispose of boats. Some companies in the UK may also offer to break up a boat but they often don’t recycle everything they can.
We also run a sister site called boatscrapyard.com which is linked to our Boat Scrapyard UK group on Facebook. During the coronavirus lockdown we have built this group so boat owners can request to buy and sell recycled boat bits.
Boatbreakers is hopefully the cheapest place to buy boat bits. Not only do we get used chandlery items but also parts of boats the other people just can’t find. We want to make sure we minimise what ends up being thrown away as we all know how pricey anything is with the word marine in it.
If you are sailing on a shoestring or you love a boat jumble I recommend getting in contact with us. We probably have just what you’re looking for at half the price.