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Traditionally all the old wooden boats/yachts/barges etc find their way up some creek and slowly rot away or become part of a salt marsh.
 
Steel or concrete hulled vessels make good breakwaters and sea defense barriers.
 
GRP boats (yachts in particular) end up being dumped in a similar fashion to old wooden boats by owners...however they do not rot, they become a nuisance until some authority is forced to take action to remove them cut up and take to land fill. 
Not a long term solution admittedly but the only viable one at present. Systematic abandoning of old GRP yachts along our coasts is not desirable and should be discouraged....
 
 
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Completely agree about renovating boats - I've renovated about 5 or 6 in my time, wood and fibreglass. I'm finishing one this week... 

My thinking though is that we are delaying the inevitable where the old boats will eventually have to be destroyed as newer boats become more readily available.

Why pick up an old shed for free that requires hours and hours of work to get it sailing again in a condition that was cutting edge in the 70's when you could spend 500pounds and get something that was in vogue in the 90's?
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Originally posted by ecosail


Why pick up an old shed for free that requires hours and hours of work to get it sailing again in a condition that was cutting edge in the 70's when you could spend 500pounds and get something that was in vogue in the 90's?


Probably because some of us are odd that way...

Or maybe because there is something about designs from the 60's and 70's which is very appealing. Mind, shouldn't stop us buying later examples of them, but somehow it does... Maybe it costs a bit more than 500 for a 90's boat, generally.

Does a ground up GRP boat make good insulation?
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Rupert, love it - I think I'm in the same bracket - but we are definitely in the minority! 
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Chris, just went to the ecosail site, and now I know who you are!
 
Hope you are getting your Firefly Bulletins OK?!
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Thanks Wee Man, awesome video.
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Still getting them, you're doing a great job.

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Find a roundabout, park the boat on it, hill the hull with soil and plant some bulbs and flowers in it. It will provide a good display for years and be a talking point for motorists!!! Sited in the right place it makes a very good sign to indicate the sailing club site.
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Hi there Juggs, was it intentional that the trailer became unhitched from the car and ended up on the roundabout?!
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