How To Scrap A Boat In California

How to Properly Scrap a Boat in California

By Lando with Boat Rovers

Getting rid of an old boat can be a daunting task. It’s not something people do every day, so it’s important to understand the steps you need to take in order to properly scrap your boat in California. This blog will provide an overview of what you need to know before scrapping your boat in California.

Step 1: Check Your Boat’s Title Status
The first step to properly scrapping your boat is to check the title status of your boat. If your boat has an active title, then you will have to transfer the title out of your name before scrapping it. In California, this requires submitting a Notice of Sale form with the DMV and receiving confirmation that the sale has been processed by the DMV. Once this is done, you’ll be able to move on with the process of scrapping your boat.

Step 2: Find A Certified Scrap Yard
Once you have transferred the title out of your name, you will need to find a certified scrap yard that can handle scrapping boats. The best way to do this is by checking online reviews or asking friends and family for recommendations. Make sure that the scrap yard you select is certified and experienced in handling boats before making any commitments with them.

Step 3: Prepare Your Boat For Scrapping
Before you drop off your boat at the scrap yard, it’s important that you make sure it is ready for scrapping. This means removing all personal items from inside and outside the vessel, disconnecting any hoses and wires from batteries or other components, draining any fuel tanks onboard, and removing any paint or coatings on metal surfaces if possible. All these steps are necessary for proper disposal of hazardous materials and will help ensure that everything goes smoothly when dropping off your vessel at the scrap yard.

Scrapping a boat can seem like an overwhelming process but following these simple steps can make it much easier. Make sure your boat has its title transferred out of your name before taking it to a certified scrap yard, do thorough research into finding one that meets all legal requirements and has good reviews, and prepare your vessel for scrapping by removing all personal items and hazardous materials onboard before dropping it off at the scrap yard. Following these steps will ensure a smooth process when disposing of your old vessel in California!

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If you have an unwanted boat and aren’t sure what to do with it, feel free to call us for advice. We can provide you with a quote for removal and disposal or possibly refer you to someone if you think your boat has some value in it. Call us at (949) 929-1778 or email us at

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