How can a boat owner get rid of a boat that is not worth selling?
Options for disposing of boats varies across Canada
- Find a boat recycling facility near you. Use our business disposal solutions list above to help you get started.
- Search for charities or companies that may want your boat.
- Ask the nearest landfill if they accept boats.
- Ask local boat retailers if they take old boats on trade
Why are abandoned boats a problem?
Each season as boaters take to the waterways throughout Ontario and Canada, there is a possibility that they may come across boats that have been left abandoned not only in the water, but as well as on land. Abandoned boats pose a number of environmental and safety risks due to the release of toxins affecting marine life and surrounding habitat. Not only are they an eyesore, they act as a barrier to business development and local economies including waterfront development. For more information click on the image.
First determine who needs to know. This is dependent on whether the boat is causing a threat to public safety, the environment or navigation. In order to determine the correct reporting path for the abandoned boat or wreck. Follow these tips from Transport Canada.
How does one know when their boat has reached end of life?
Your boat has reached its end of life when:
- the essential repairs to keep your boat operational exceed the monetary or emotional value of the boat.
- It is no longer seaworthy.
- It can no longer safely be operated.
How much does boat disposal cost?
The cost of boat disposal can vary greatly depending on a number of factors;
- Method of intake charge (by foot or by weight)
We would recommend contacting one or two local businesses that offer boat disposal services and ask for an estimate. Make sure to consider all steps in the process of disposal (retrieval, transportation, wrecking & disposal/recycling).
Can all or part of my boat be recycled or sold?
Some parts of a boat can be repurposed: engines, propane tanks, electronics and metal hulls etc. These would be removed as part of the disposal process and can be recycled, sold or disposed of appropriately. Wood and fiberglass hulls are not currently recyclable.
Will someone transport my boat for me?
Yes, we have included in our business listing boat transportation services available to move your boat to its final resting site
What is the most environmentally responsible way of disposing of a boat?
Enlist the services of a reputable disposal company who will do the work as environmentally responsibly as possible. Inquire to ensure they will properly remove hazardous materials, recyclable parts and anything else on the boat that is not permitted in the landfill or has value and can be sold; these items should be disposed of in accordance with each area's waste disposal guidelines. The hull can be recycled if it’s metal; fiberglass and wood hulls will be demolished and transported to a land fill.
Do I have to de-list my boat from the Boat Registry or have the Pleasure Craft Licence removed before the vessel is destroyed?
To understand the difference between a Pleasure Craft Licence versus Registration, click here.
If your boat is registered, you must submit a letter signed by the registered owner(s) to request the boat be removed from the Register.
Within the letter, please include:
- The name and signature(s) of registered owner(s).
- the name of the vessel and official registration number,
- and provide a reason for closure – specify whether the boat was destroyed, scrapped, burned, sank, broken up, etc and include the date at which it happened.
Please submit the letter by:
- Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax at 613.998.0637, or
- Or mail at the following address :
Vessel Registration (AMSED)
Marine Safety & Security
330 Sparks Street, 3rd Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N8
Please note that if a mortgage is registered against the vessel, the registered owner(s) is/are required to contact the mortgages(s) to have the mortgage removed from the Register.
To learn more about closing-out the vessels registry, click here. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
If your boat has a pleasure craft license, you can cancel the license by mailing in this form.
Within the form:
- complete parts A, B, under “Reason for the application” fill in “Cancellation” and part F.
- attach supporting documents outlined in the form (download here).
Please submit your application with the required documents to:
Pleasure Craft Licensing Centre
P.O. Box 2006
Fredricton, New Brunswichk E3B 5G4