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Old 02-09-2010, 11:40 AM
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Question How to dispose of a boat? Seriously

I have a 1991 Bayliner Trophy, the 2459 model. We have been the sole owners of the boat. Well last week we pulled the boat down from the lift and the bilge is full of fuel. The fuel tank cracked at the bottom. We are looking at 7 to 10 grand to cut the deck and install a new tank. Luckily there was no spark.

The boat is now 19 years old and the raw water cooled engine has over 1800 hours on it. The boat also has a tandem axial galvanized steal trailer.
Everything (except the fuel tank) works and it has been a great boat for us.

The question is what do I do with it now. I do not want to put that kind of money into the boat when next weekend the engine may go. Then I have close to 20 grand into a 20 year old Bayliner.

I looked into donating but am concerned about liability with a leaking fuel tank. Plus I will not get that much back on taxes, only a grand or two and I have to get it to them.

Any ideas of what to do?
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Old 02-09-2010, 12:06 PM
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Post it in the F/S section on this site or on your local Craigslist! I'd bet someone would take on that project especially if you're including the trailer for a reasonable price. There are plenty of guys like me that enjoy boat projects. Where is it located?
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assume you cleaned all the gas out. plan b would be to get a larger dumpster and cut it up. not sure what else you can do. ron
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I have a 1991 Bayliner Trophy, the 2459 model. We have been the sole owners of the boat. Well last week we pulled the boat down from the lift and the bilge is full of fuel. The fuel tank cracked at the bottom. We are looking at 7 to 10 grand to cut the deck and install a new tank. Luckily there was no spark.

The boat is now 19 years old and the raw water cooled engine has over 1800 hours on it. The boat also has a tandem axial galvanized steal trailer.
Everything (except the fuel tank) works and it has been a great boat for us.

The question is what do I do with it now. I do not want to put that kind of money into the boat when next weekend the engine may go. Then I have close to 20 grand into a 20 year old Bayliner.

I looked into donating but am concerned about liability with a leaking fuel tank. Plus I will not get that much back on taxes, only a grand or two and I have to get it to them.

Any ideas of what to do?
I'm sure you could get a few bucks for it if placing it up for sale. Plenty of DIY guys around that would be willing to cut the deck and replace the tank..

Heck, even termites don't deter some folks.

I can't imagine this job being $7K-$10K, for this boat..
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Old 02-09-2010, 12:15 PM
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Yea its all cleaned up and "safe" now. The boat is on its trailer in Naples, FL.

I guess if the bill of sale clearly states it has a crack in the fuel tank I am clear of all liability... Right?

Otherwise I am thinking of letting the mechanic part it out.......

To Fix It:
3,000 Labor (cutting steps out, its not easy to get to)
2,000 new tank
1,000 parts and hoses
2,000 in Misc costs that always come up. This is not my first dog and pony show......
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Yea its all cleaned up and "safe" now. The boat is located in Naples, FL.

I guess if the bill of sale clearly states it has a crack in the fuel tank I am clear of all liability... Right?

Otherwise I am thinking of letting the mechanic part it out.......
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I was cutting one up and dumping it at the local transfer station when I turned to the guy and asked him how large a piece I could bring. He told me to trailer it in and push it off he would crush it with the loader. I was happy that the only time I dropped a boat off of a trailer, it was what I wanted to do. They charge by the pound but and your local dump or transfer station could give you the price. I stripped it and sold off all of the hardware to pay for the dumping.
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The boat isn't worth much at this point. Put it up for sale, dirt cheap, being honest. "1991 Bayliner, $900 including trailer. Boat was in running shape, engine is still solid, 1800 hours, now has ruptured fuel tank".

If you included that in the ad, people would have a hard time proving that you knew there was a problem and tried to hide it.

Even if you only get $200 for it, at least it didn't cost you anything!
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craigslist....someone will buy it, disclose everything.....
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Sink it and make a reef. Make sure theres no fuel in it. I don't know where your located but I have no idea why this hasn't caught on in the Northeast.
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I know in NY there are local charities and trade schools that will come take it for free, and you can get a tax deduction
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just going to throw this out there- but why not try ramming it into a plastic buoy?

could not resist.

I think if you drain the fuel there are places that will take the boat, dont know if it will be free but it will be the right thing to do.
Or just put up as a "free" ad on craigslist, just be sure to get some paperwork specifying you transferred the boat so that if it ends up on the side of the road they dont pin you for it.
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just going to throw this out there- but why not try ramming it into a plastic buoy?

Thanks for a good snicker!
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If it would be possible to appraise it for several thousand, you could donate it to your local fire dept. for a practice burn and deduct value from your taxs as a donation.
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Check out this website:

http://stores.ebay.com/Boat-Donation...-of-Boat-Angel

Also, I helped a buddy take his Sun Runner to a boat salvage yard, this is the place. There has to be some salvage yards in your area you can take it to.

www.checkermarine.com

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seriously i would pump all the gas out and tow out offshore make a reef out of it... Not that I would know anything about that
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Donate it to a college, etc., and write it off.
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The boat isn't worth much at this point. Put it up for sale, dirt cheap, being honest. "1991 Bayliner, $900 including trailer. Boat was in running shape, engine is still solid, 1800 hours, now has ruptured fuel tank".

If you included that in the ad, people would have a hard time proving that you knew there was a problem and tried to hide it.

Even if you only get $200 for it, at least it didn't cost you anything!
I think that's good advice.

I don't think sinking it or making an "artificial reef" out of it by sinking it is a good idea, nor do I think it's legal without a bunch of paperwork.

I'm surprised nobody has suggested insuring it, then setting it on fire!

And if there's any question, I am not suggesting that.
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Donate it to an artifical reef program.

Take it to the dump.

Offer it up for free on Craigslist (with proper disclosure of fuel tank problem).
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I can see it now - he sells the boat cheap on craigslist. A few days later, there's a new member on THT who just bought a boat with a leaking fuel tank and he want's to know how best to patch it.
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