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William Bronson
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Boats are cheap. I discovered this while looking for a cheap trailer. Often there are boats and trailers for sale at a price lower than any other kind of trailer would go for.
In fact I have seen a few such sets given away, or even ads for free boats , but wanting cash for the trailer.
So, I don't need a hole in the water to pour money into, I already have a house to do that with and a paid off lot that I am trying to fill with good organic matter-thus the "need" for a trailer.
But maybe I could I use the boat for something?
Maybe a pond?
The roof of a shed?
Instead of building a floor and sides onto the trailer, just use the boat?
A wicking bed?

Any other ideas? Doe any of these seem feasible? I know ass all about boats, but I do like to make and break things, and I love a bargain, butat this point in my life I am leery of bring home anything that big without an definitive end use in mind.



 
Dillon Nichols
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I'm planning to try boats as shed roofs once I have land where nobody will freak about it. I think this is the most practical of the options you list. A boat with minimal superstructure would obviously be best, and fiberglass is probably the best hull type to work with the this use.

I wouldn't want to use it as something to grow in, as the paint on boats can be nasty stuff, esp. the bottom paint. Something to keep in mind when placing the shed, and considering where the runoff goes.

Using it as the trailer seems like it would be rather too heavy, and not a very useful shape, unless you got an open scow or herring skiff sort of boat.

A decrepit tent trailer might be an easier route to a cheap utility trailer, depending on the size/capacity you need.
 
R Scott
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Do you have a pond? A duck nesting island or two is really handy. Fill it with fluffing anchor it. You don't need to buy ducks or geese, build it and they will come...

A flat bottom aluminum johnboat would make a good trailer mulch box, cut out the transom and the seats.

An aluminum boat has to be worth something to the scrapyard, but maybe not enough to cover gas to get there.
 
Craig Dobbson
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A lot of it will depend on what kind of boat we're talking about. How large? What is it made of? Bottom paint? Where was it used? Salt water or fresh? What need do you have for it?

If it were aluminum... scrap it for cash
fiberglass could be buried to the gunwale and used as a pond I guess. Just clean it our really well.

Most boat bottom paint has chemicals in it that retard growth of algae, barnacles and mollusks. Consider that when using in contact with water or near growing areas. You could strip the paint but that's a whole other mess.

One other thing you could do is use the boat as a BOAT! They aren't hard to float but making them look nice could be where all your money goes. That and fishing gear.

If all you really want is the trailer, then you could try to pass the boat on to some other person with a dream and a bit of time.

 
elle sagenev
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I'd love a boat or two. I'd use them as toys for the kids and as raised planting beds. Well I guess that depends on the size of the boat.
 
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they make good worm bed containers
 
Dale Hodgins
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My brother planted a huge fiberglass hull in a friend's yard. It was about 4 times the size of a pick up truck. An excavator dug the hole and the boat was craned into position. I think he charged for removal of the big hull. The gravel soil on that property, doesn't hold water.
 
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