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Originally posted by chrisclark123



Would like to be around a burning fibreglass boat!

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No you wouldn't. Carcinogens on sharp microscopic fibres. H&S/environmental irresponsibility.


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Ebay them and make a profit!
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If you live on the west coast of North America, send them drifting until the US Coast Guard blows them up as a hazard to shipping.
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(If you miss the reference.  They recently sunk a trawler that drifted from the Japanese tsunami.  You would think that iron is the ultimate for scrap and recycling.  Instead, they send all that pollution and waste to the bottom of the sea.  Go figure.  I suspect that one trawler probably outweighs hundreds of fiberglass castoffs in terms of waste.)


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I think we are all agreed - uncontrolled burning is a definite no-no... I have read that there is a company in Belgium that can superheat the old fibreglass and turn it into building material but I think there isn't enough supply..

Landfill is a short term solution, and there are some pretty nasty chemicals that could leak out over time.

Pulverised fibreglass could be used as filler material in the building of new boats....

I have also read that there is some research being done for combining it with road aggregate, but the scent has gone cold on this one. 

Rejuvenating old boats is my preferred solution, but only delays the inevitable.

What sparked this question was looking around at all the old rotting boats sat on moorings or at anchor, thick with growth and at the same time boat companies endeavouring to sell more and more boats. How big is the problem? It might not be big now, but we need to start thinking about it - and maybe get some university students working on the problem.

Much of the car industry is now focused on how to recycle the old components of cars and much has been driven by government and popular demand. How long will it be before it affects the boat building industry? 


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Originally posted by ecosail

I have a puzzle that affects most of us boat owners. What happens when eventually our old fibreglass boat is beyond economic repair and we need it to vanish?

Burn?


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You can get a lot of boats into a skip...   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRWvn_wj1ZU
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Depends what you mean by "beyond econmic repair".

Many boats are quite cheap to renovate - if you DIY. It is the labour cost that is uneconomic.

Run a course on boat renovation and give the students a wreck each - that way more people get into boat owning - that expensive pastime closely associated with the cheap sport of sailing.

Ensure that there are special prizes for old boats at all club racing - to spark interest in using the older boats.
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