Handy boat yards in Dublin will be taking part in a public education campaign to encourage people to look out for boats at the end of their journeys.
They are offering to pick them up at the dockyards of the Dublin, Cork and Shannon ports.
The campaign, called Boat Junk Yard, is run by a company called Dix Boat Yard, which is owned by a group of Irish fishermen and owners of a boat yard in Cork.
Its co-founder and co-owner, David Walsh, said he was surprised to hear that a public campaign was taking place.
“We just thought that it was going to be more of a ‘get out of dock’ type of thing,” Mr Walsh said.
“The idea was to get people talking about the dangers of going out on the road to get boats and the cost of doing so, but it’s also to make sure people know that they can go out and have a great time doing so.”
He said the aim was to encourage the public to go out to the docks and look for a boat, but he acknowledged there were times when it was a “difficult decision”.
“It’s really hard, you just want to get out on a boat,” he said.
It is a “huge” public education effort, he said, adding that the company is also taking a leaf out of the book of some of the places that people had gone.
“I would imagine if we had a public holiday in Ireland, we would have a lot of boats and people would be going out to look for them,” Mr Jolliffe said.
He said they wanted to encourage more people to take on a part-time role in the community and take part in the public education.
“It was a very difficult decision, but the reality is that if you have children that need to go and you want to help them do that, we are here to help you,” Mr Dix said.
Mr Walsh said that while the group would like to see more boats taken off the roads, they would not be happy if there were too many boats at a time.
“If there are boats there, we’re not going to pick it up,” he told the BBC.
“We’ll take it to a dockyard, we’ll pick it out, and if we see it’s the wrong place to put it, we will do it elsewhere.”
The group has received more than 400 requests for information so far, with more to come.