One man’s trash is another man’s treasure

When I was in 6th grade we lived in Florida, in a triplex down the street from a place where people dumped stuff they didn’t want.  Weird to think of it now (that was back in the 60’s) but all us neighborhood kids would wander around the place and scavenge ‘treasures’…like game pieces and  dice and marbles and goofy things like that.  Seriously, its a sickness!  I’ll still hang onto every ball-chain keychain I find.  They are the BEST for hopscotch and I never know when a good game of hopscotch will come up!  I had a place on the windowsill where I kept my loot.

like these!

Now what brought this up is that Rick is scavenging parts at a sort-of dump for boats.

A few weeks ago Rick saw on Craigslist that someone was parting out an Islander 30 and called to find out what stuff might still be available.

After talking with the guy (we’ll call him Popeye), Rick made arrangements to go check out the boat – not just to potentially buy bits and pieces that our boat was missing (our boat, how fun to say that) but to see how various things were put together.  Like what does the area above the bathroom sink look like?  How is the lighting set up?  How is the septic tank laid out?

The boat was in the central valley, over the hill about 90 minutes from us.  Rick got there and discovered that Popeye has 20-some boats that he’s collected and parts out!  He’d bought this Islander 30 for about $2000 and had already parted it out for over 4 grand!  That’s a pretty good haul for a tired old boat.  He sold off the mast, engine, winches, steps, interior racks, stove, cushions, whatever can be removed

Anyway, Rick spent more than 2 hours with him talking and looking around and pulling parts from the boat.

He bought a bunch of small wood pieces to fill in areas on our boat that are broken and a paper-towel holder, some handrails and 2 large pieces of plywood…all for about $30.

Popeye knows the prices for all the metal on the boat; the aluminum mast, lead keel.  He told Rick that the lead keel can be worth up to $2,000!  He removes all the metal for recycling and then will take it to be demolished.  That’s a sad thought.  Especially when you think that it’s pretty much what happened to our boat before we were crazy enough to buy it!

Here’s a picture of the boat Rick was scavenging through.  He might go back to Popeye and buy a spinnaker sail.  Rick says it’s in better condition than ours, but it’s not as pretty – red, white and blue…boooring…  Naturally, that means that Rick will have to take a class on how to use a spinnaker!

Boat graveyard – or is it a smorgasboard?

Now Rick has 2 people who buy boats no one else wants and sells them off bit by bit – which sounds kind of gruesome, doesn’t it?  Sad little boats.   But, it’s a good deal for us since we are rebuilding our little Susurrus on the cheap.  Come to think of it, we aren’t cheap!  Actually, this is the best in reusing, recycling, being green and saving green!  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it 😉