As the old saying goes, "a boat is a hole in the water into which you pour money." More often than not, that expense doesn't stop when the boat becomes usable or just too old and expensive to repair. Depending on the material from which it is constructed, the status of the engine and any electronics, the size and condition, your options will range from few to many.

Basically, it comes down to how motivated you are to take action and get rid of the eyesore vessel. It also depends on its size and condition, which bears repeating at least one time.

Evaluate Your Options First

If the marine vessel is water worthy, and only lacks an engine to power it along, it's time to post an ad on the internet complete with plenty of pictures. Like yourself, there are probably enthusiast hobbyists that are looking for any project and yours might fit.

How long has that rotting hull been killing grass in your back yard? Has it been five years since you picked up that ‘project whaler’ with the separated transom? Is your old boat causing you more stress than joy? Guess what. It’s time to let go. --

Conversely, if the engine is salvageable but the hall is not, do the same thing and put an ad on the web, either giving it away as a whole package, or, at least selling the engine for a nominal price.

How to Dispose of an Old Boat

The above suggestions are just two ways to get rid of an old boat. If neither one is a good option, then try these:

  • Look up vocational schools in your area. Trade schools sometimes welcome these very items for instruction purposes. You might be able to golf load that old marine craft and see it given new life.
  • Call a boat salvage yard. Marine salvage yards are an ideal place to dispose of an old boat because many take them without care of their condition. The water crafts are sold piecemeal to boat owners and marinas needing specific parts.
  • Get rid of it one part at a time. You can sell equipment on the vessel separately and then deal with the rest. If it is a wood hall, you can cut it up and dispose of it in sections. You can also repurpose parts, such as a wood hall, which can be transformed into a composting bin or flower or vegetable bed.
  • Haul away the water craft. Tow the vessel to your local dump. Be sure to call ahead first to learn about the disposal procedure, and, the cost. You might have to take it apart and junk parts separately.
  • Call a junk removal service. Speaking of junk that's also an option. Phone a junk garbage service and find out if you can have it dismantled and hauled away.

One thing you shouldn't do is to scuttle it in a nearby body of water. You're taking too big a chance to find yourself in trouble with the U.S. Coast Guard and/or the E.P.A.

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