The first challenge was to arrange the lifting and transport for the boat as she weighed around nine tonnes and was a fin keel. Despite there being some overhead cables to avoid, the crane driver was confident he could safely lift the boat without having to get the cable taken down. Our team visited the property to see what items if any, we could salvage and re-sell to recover our costs. We found that it was only really the winches and boat cradle that were worth keeping.
Once we had a date fixed for the scrap boat to be collected and disposed of it all ran remarkably smoothly. Apart from some suspect time keeping by other contractors involved in the job that caused our hosts to provide us with more cups of tea than they bargained for.
The boat was the first thing that was lifted up over the fence and onto the waiting transport. When that was safe and secure the boat cradle was lifted onto our flatbed trailer that we used to transport all the other boat items that were also coming with us. We decided that the mast wasn’t in good enough condition to be resold so to make things easier we cut it into two sections and loaded them onto the trailer with the folded up boat cradle.
From start to finish the job only took about two hours. It was just a case of prepping the boat and getting everything in place for the lift. The boat was then returned to our yard in Portsmouth where it has been crushed down and any recyclable material has been removed.
The boat was sat in a garden of a rented house so the current tenants now have much more room to play with and don’t have a large scrap boat to stare at every morning. They even took the time to send us a thankyou email which was a nice touch, ” Howzit Luke – Thank you guys for an awesome job – really professional and friendly throughout the entire process.”
If you have a boat in your garden that was a project but has been there for a number of years collecting rain water then give us a call.