What would you advise me to do?

GP14 Sailing Forums Forum What would you advise me to do?

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  • #19430


    I am the owner of GP 11013 fibreglass (would that be mark 1 or 2?? it has certainly never been updated) and the hull has been sitting on a combi road trailer/trolley for maybe 15 years in a not completely water tight garage. The tyre on the trailer (starboard) has weathered and I assume the port one is likely to be in the same state.   The mast which was too long for the garage was stolen from the garden many years ago.  The boat needs to be out of the garage in 3-4 weeks max.  How do I get rid of it?  I would be very happy to give it away for free – I am in Falkirk – (if someone could sort the road trailer or already has one and could uplift and doesn’t want the road trailer) – but how do I find that person??  Someone suggested that I might try Gumtree?  Or would the advice be that no one would want this and I should pay  (who???) to come and take it to the tip??  I would appreciate any advice.  Thank you

  • #19431

    Oliver Shaw

    The sail number dates her as a Mk II boat.

    Although you don’t say so,  you imply that the hull (sans mast) plus distressed trailer is probably not worth very much,  and I think you are right there.    The problem is how to economically dispose of it.

    It would be worth contacting your local sailing clubs,  to offer her free to a good home,  and as a fall-back to request assistance in disposing of it.   If the trailer is otherwise sound,   you might be able to borrow a couple of wheels just for the journey,  by the good offices of one of your local sailing clubs;  equally relevant for a journey to a new owner or to the tip.

    You may be able to sell the trailer,  on eBay or otherwise,  with the boat on top;   make clear that removing boat as well as trailer will be part of the deal.   Advertise with a seriously low starting price,  e.g. £0.01,  and with no reserve.

    Before arranging to take it to the tip it would be worth checking whether they would accept it.   The hull is bulky and heavy,  and fibreglass hulls are not readily recyclable.   You may perhaps find that a tip somewhere in your area would accept it,  but this may not be your nearest one.

    Good luck!




  • #19437


    The tip will take it but not in boat form. You’ll have to chop it up. They’ll take it because its better than you fly-tipping it somewhere which is what some people would do otherwise………..

    However it will have/find a use even if it never takes to the water again. Garden planter/kids play area etc etc

  • #19455


    Thank you for your helpful advice.  I had just emailed the secy of the nearest sailing club – the one I used to be a member of no longer exists.  After reading your advice I had no real hope anything would come of this and had a contact who was prepared to try to take the wheels off the trailer etc to help move it out of the garage to consider the next move (?chopping up) . I had taken the cover off the boat and was amazed to find that the hull was completely dry.  I had thought that at least some of the water leaking into the garage would be in the hull and as the trailer was no longer bow up and so not draining out the self bailer that the mast step would be rotten.  The next day I had a call from one of the members asking about the hull etc who wondered if it might be useful as a club type boat and who came to see it and said it looked ok and he would speak to a friend about moving it and get back to me.  Another member also was in touch asking to see the boat and the other guy said – that would be better as he was a new member looking for a boat. He came along 2 Saturdays ago and liked what he saw and spent last Saturday removing wheels and getting the tyres pumped up etc – one had lost a very small amount of air by this morning and the other was 100% .  (I was certain we were talking about new tyres at least)  Today he brought his brother (with car and towbar) and they hitched it up and went off to the sailing club with her.  He was most impressed with the combi roadtrailer/trolley and is looking out for a mast.   And the garage is empty in time for the house being sold in 2.5 weeks time.  It looks like everybody is happy.   I will be resigning my membership  (after I had stopped insuring the boat I had always meant to cancel) of the association before the end of the year.  Thanks again

    Doublesix (my maiden name was “Dyce”)!

  • #19456

    Oliver Shaw

    A very happy outcome;   well done.



  • #19517


    Hello Doublesix

    If you are still in contact with the new owner, there might be an old  IYE mast available in Prestwick

    Regards, Norman

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