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Abandoned Boats: What is it that Makes Owners Abandon Their Boats?

27th September 2017
macSweeney_podcast
This boat hasn't move in a long time This boat hasn't move in a long time

I don’t mean abandon in emergency at sea, I mean leave them to rot away in boatyards or on rivers or harbour moorings or in boatyards .. to ignore them …. deliberately forget about them …perhaps hoping never to be bothered with them again?

I am finding it hard to understand how anyone who owned and sailed a yacht, can just leave it and never go back, but I’ve been noticing them more in different parts of the country.

There are corners of every boatyard, as far as I can ascertain, where boats are moved as the location of last resort…. Boats that owners don’t or won’t admit to, maybe they can’t afford to pay for them any longer … but the plastic boats of today, as we heard in a recent podcast from that great afficionado of boats, Hal Sisk, will last for … well… no one really knows how long they will last….

There may be and could be reasons, which I discuss in this week’s podcast, but I just can’t understand why people go through all the challenge and difficulty of owning a boat and then abandon it … Boats have been abandoned in yards or on moorings – where, ofen amazingly, ropes still hold them in position after being long-neglected …..

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Tom MacSweeney presents the maritime programme, THIS ISLAND NATION