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VIDEO: Where old boats go to die Part II

Judging by reader reaction to Friday’s video of derelict boats meeting their demise, we’re not the only ones with a latent frustration toward the problem of abandoned vessels cluttering our shores.


One reader even directed us to a site where we could find more footage of old boats meeting their end. SSI Shredding Systems is a Wilsonville, Ore.-based company that prides itself in finding ways to shred pretty much anything. And that includes boats.

Today, SSI is debuting its most recent boat-shredding video on The company shot video of various items being reduced to tiny pieces at the request of CBS’s “The Late Show with David Letterman,” but the footage seen in the first video here was never aired, according to Cathey Armillas, of SSI’s marketing and communications department.

Rest assured, the “skipper” in the video below was added purely for visual effect.

{flv}big_boat_shred{/flv} So how do the machines reduce a boat to bits? According to information on the SSI Web site, there are three actions that the cutting edges take to reduce a vessel to scrap. Shearing, which cuts the material like an enormous pair of scissors; tearing, which pulls apart materials like soft metals, fabric and plastics; and fracturing, which breaks down the glass, hard plastics and certain metals.

The shape and size of hooks on cutters vary according to the type of material they are intended to grab. For certain applications the company “hardfaces” the cutters by welding proprietary alloys to the cutter edges, according to the company.

The boat meets its end inside the PR 4000, which can dispose of between 30 and 80 tons per hour, reducing the material by about 80 percent, according to SSI. The PR 4000 has a heavy-duty, open-grate design; the cutting table weighs 36,000 pounds and has a cutter thickness of 3 inches, with a cutting sweep diameter of 35.5 inches. This model has a 6.4 cubic yard capacity opening, though extended hoppers allow for increased feed capacity, according to the SSI Web site.

Watch another eyesore disappear in the video below.

Click here to watch other items being put through the machines — hurricane debris, refrigerators, even a torpedo — or sign up for SSI’s Shred of the Month e-mail.

Incidentally, SSI Shredding Systems has nothing against boats. Company founder and president, Tom Garnier, is an avid sailor who placed first overall in the Transpac ’07 race aboard Reinrag2, a 41-foot J/125. No word about what the boat’s fate would have been if Garnier had not taken home the trophy.

Mobile users can click here to watch the videos.


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