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Lesson 1: Houseboat water plugs...




So, this is what happens when you check the water drain plug and tighten it and then immediately leave for the week. Of course it will fail. Add an ice storm to put some extra weight on your sinking boat, and it goes painfully quicker.

But, you did tie excellent knots to the slip with your new ropes, so it might not completely sink, right? No...because the weight of your boat breaks the slip dock and not only takes your boat down 40 ft., but also sinks the boat tied next to you. So...what now?

You don't have insurance, and you have few assets. What a mess. So, you say "sorry", declare bankruptcy, and run like United Airlines wants your seat. Then, the marina owner is ordered by the Corps of Engineers to remove the boats because they are an environmental hazard. His costs? 17,800.00.

True story from Dale Hollow Lake, Tenn.




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I got nothing. Confused


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Im with Judy... I was saying "Oh my God" aloud as I read it.

Years ago my brother bought a brand new bass boat from a Marina in the fall, never took it out and paid the Marina to store it for the winter. Come spring, he paid them to get it ready. He arrived just as they were backing it off a trailer into the water to take it to his dock space. He watched as it slowly began sinking as the worker was trying to cross the channel. No plug.


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Wow,
I can't imagine that mess


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Im with Judy... I was saying "Oh my God" aloud as I read it.

Years ago my brother bought a brand new bass boat from a Marina in the fall, never took it out and paid the Marina to store it for the winter. Come spring, he paid them to get it ready. He arrived just as they were backing it off a trailer into the water to take it to his dock space. He watched as it slowly began sinking as the worker was trying to cross the channel. No plug.

nicki


"You have 1 job."

OMG, that is horrible.


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How long were those boats under water?




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How long were those boats under water?

Bill


It would have been 2 years in mid December. Bet there was some good fishing around them.


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How long were those boats under water?

Bill


It would have been 2 years in mid December. Bet there was some good fishing around them.

Dhart


DHart - there is so much going on in these photos of the tragic loss of a two-barged trailer park. The loss of the steel still tank is particularly tragic. Big grin Martini Glass


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I was hopeful that you would have said they were under water 20 years. Those things were classic condition so to speak before they went under.


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Years ago my brother bought a brand new bass boat from a Marina in the fall, never took it out and paid the Marina to store it for the winter. Come spring, he paid them to get it ready. He arrived just as they were backing it off a trailer into the water to take it to his dock space. He watched as it slowly began sinking as the worker was trying to cross the channel. No plug.

nicki

I've actually done this myself with my bass boat. In a hurry to get on the water and forgot the plug. Hmmm, seems to be sitting a little low in the water. Open the hatch and see water rushing in. Crap. Luckily we hadn't pulled away from the dock yet, so I yelled to someone to go get the truck and back it down the ramp. Pulled out the boat and watched it drain for what seemed like forever. Put the plug in and tried again.

It works much better with that plug in.

John


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I was hopeful that you would have said they were under water 20 years. Those things were classic condition so to speak before they went under.

Bill


I believe both boats were purchased from other marina rental fleets in 1980s or 1990s. The marinas typically put their older boats up for sale once they start showing wear...buyers save big and fix them up. Good eye.


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One more thing...it was amazing to watch the salvage and the move with flotation devices placed under/around the boats.
Below, the "circle" notation made between piers is where the boats sank...slip is to the right. The salvage crew floated the boats along the path of the arrows, and got them in 12 ft. of water by the other circle notation. They were then dragged to the landing.