Old boats get new life as garden cabins

artist’s impressions of cabin designs

A boatyard has started converting old yachts and motorboats into sleep-in garden cabins.

There was a boom in pleasure boating, starting in the 1960s when polyester-based composite boats –often wrongly called fibre-glass – became popular.

With mass production, hundreds of thousands of the boats were made, and many now lie deteriorating in ports and gardens up and down the country.

Didier Toqué, president of Bathô boatyard near Nantes, said: “The problem is that there is no way to recycle the polyester used to manufacture the boats. Before we started business, ...

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