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Friday, 1 January 2016

Death of a Boat

A few days ago I went down to the boat and found this on the beach:

I'm not sure which boat it's off. The Westerly that was up at the top of the beach has gone, but the keel looks too small. But a few boats have left or been cleared from the beach so who knows.

But it's a shame to see that a boat of any type has been cut up.


  1. That's very sad... looks like a bilge plate rather than a main keel so might have been the Westerly you mention? Best for 2016, Mark.. this damn weather must be a worry....

  2. It could be the Westerly, the hull paint looks the correct colour. I just don't remember the scallop out of the rear edge.
    Its just a shame that such a good boat got cut up. I got blown up the beach and dismasted at the start of 2014 and the owner doesn't sdeem to have wanted to refloat it or do anything with it. Although there was a note on it to say it hadn't been abandoned after the harbour master put a clearance notice on it. But just scribbling a notice on it and still leaving it to rot isn't very clever.

  3. I have a feeling sometimes that there is coming a tsunami of unwanted boats that have been left to go to rack and ruin so long that no one will want them. There are local boats here that haven't left their moorings for decades.

  4. Alden, that's one of the "problems" of GRP boats in that they don't die. An abandoned wooden boat quietly rots away and provides photo ops for creative types as it gracefully decays. But in every quiet creek you'll find at least one GRP boat that has been abandoned and refuses to die. On the flip side with work an abandoned GRP boat can be refurbished and provide more years of service. There just needs to be some mechanism where people can legally claim ownership of abandoned boats without the risk of the previous owner coming back and trying to claim a newly-refurbished boat back.