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Communications Manager
Luke completed a journalism degree in Brighton University and fortunately for us uses this in his communications, facebook posts, tweets, vines and emails to tell all our enquirers and followers what we are up to.Without Luke we would be lost, he runs the office, keeps us organised and is like a terrier and never lets a tricky boat disposal job go un-photographed or Tweeted about. He also manages all of our enquiries passing them to whoever in the team is the best suited to deal with it.We are teaching Luke how to drive a motorboat or sail a yacht so while he’s learning we suggest you keep out of the Solent!When he’s not at work he’s a massive football fan (his Dad used to play for Portsmouth FC years ago) and seems to know everything there is to know about any player, anywhere. Next time you ring and he answers, think of a tricky football trivia question and ask him….

Comments (4)

  1. OLD BOAT RECYCLERS™ is operating in the Lake of The Ozarks MO area helping to get rid of the old abandoned and unused boats. This is a new endeavor with the idea of getting rid of eyesores and providing income for some. The challenge is the disposal of the fiberglass. My goal is to keep it out of the landfill.

    1. Hi Jack

      We all wish you the best of luck in your new business of boatbreaking over there in the States. If there is any help we can give don’t hesitate to ask us.

  2. I suspect corporate responsibility will need to come to the fore, either voluntarily or by legislation or industry pressure. We are told that GRP boat ownership has been made affordable by the mass production of such boats. Corporations do not share any love for the benefit of consumers! By making boats affordable to average families, they increase their target market and ultimately their ability to make more profit. In the ultimate analysis it is this corporate drive for profit that has created the number of old GRP boats at end of life. As in the electrical industry, corporations cannot keep flooding the market with no thought of end of life recycling – they are the experts not the consumers.
    I suspect after some appeal and negotiation, the corporations involved will have to accept a tax to fund end of life disposal or an undertaking that for each new boat sold one old one is destroyed. This will either be at their ultimate cost (absorbed from profits) or passed to the consumer in boat price and hopefully not noticed too much.
    Electrical goods, cars, flights and boats are examples of goods that have become much more available and affordable and arguably in the wider picture, too affordable, like food, energy and water. Affordability leads to undervalue and ultimately waste. But consumers will not change their buying habits – they act individually in finding the best deal for them. Group action that will make any difference must come from the corporations that create the supply. We can’t do much about the numerous GRP boats which are already floating debris, except give them a value by making them satisfy a recycling quota. Imagine if everyone buying a new boat first had to locate and present one old boat to recycle or if the manufacturers were charged with this obligation. But new boats supplied could come with a ‘prepaid’ end of life disposal voucher, passed from owner to owner with eventual value, or such should be included in the warranty or available to buy under and insurance product, if such is not already available in the market – I have not researched this – maybe an insurance agent can expand on what is currently covered under hull insurance concerning end of life disposal as a result of an insurable event, but this could be extended to natural end of life disposal as life assurance is sold for our own demise.

    1. Hi Cliff, We couldn’t have put it better ourselves! I think this would make a fantastic blog post, we’d love to hear more of your thoughts on the issue. Luke

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