Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Sailboat Graveyard

Pssst....do you want to know a secret? Let's say you have one too many of your favorite beverage, and you have a slight accident on your boat. Your insurance company decides to write the boat off and make you an offer you can't refuse. You decide to take the money and run and your boat lands up here.


The wrecked boat is sold to a scrap dealer for the price of the lead or iron ore pellets in the keel, who then uses a reciprocating saw to cut the boat apart for $500 or so.


None of these boats have keels or expensive items like self tailing winches on them. Some of the parts are not worth shipping like spinnaker poles so saw lots of these.


And ditto for roller furling parts like this one.



But it was such a crying shame to see so many beautiful boats just trashed like this Erickson 27.

All of them were full of personal stuff like cutlery, plates, cleaning supplies, fire extinguishers, sails, lines, cushions, pots and pans. And batteries. Talk about a waste of good lead. What a crying shame. Hundreds of dreams just languishing. 


It's a sobering thought that one day, through perhaps no fault of your own, your life may be upended and your boat land up here in this graveyard. There but for the grace of God I go.



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