Boat sinks on the Susquehanna River! How to Run Aground in 8’ of Water When 5 months ago   21:01

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IN this video I get to do something I never done before! Recover a sunken boat! It was a crazy day on the Susquehanna River today. I got a text message from Joe about a boat that was stranded on some rocks in the Susky! Joe and I decided to take a look see and find out if we can get this boat back and put it on the trailer!

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Boat sank on the Susquehanna River! Dangerous Boat Accident Recovery!

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04 Triton
Just put it in rice.
David Pearson
Enjoyed the video. A 60 hp is about all you need on that lightweight boat. Turn the boat on it’s side while on shore and dump most all the water. You had the manpower to get all the water out. I would have taken a shirt off and craned it in the gash to slow the water from coming in fast. It’s always If You could’a, would’a, should’a done this instead of that, it would have all been good. Lol Monday morning QBs.
Ira Rather
I ain’t criticizing because I’m no Popeye The Sailorman myself, but the guy said he got hung up like that while drifting.

One would actually drift in heavy, rocky waters like that?
John C
That was like watching a documentary :) Time well spent watching, well I am currently at work so...I actually got paid to watch. lol. Well done everyone and glad to see things worked out in the end for the boat owner.
Outdoors with Wayne k
That was cool of you to help him out, lucky you didn't F your boat as well. Hope he had insurance . Lucky that didn't happen here in Wisconsin the DNR would have started the ticket at the time the motor and batteries and gas tank hit the water. Nice to see that no one was hurt.
William Matthews
Glad no one was hurt. Now put it on Craigslist.
Kaden Zdroik
He sounds like chucke2009
4:12 "was there to much booze involved" not cool
edward hyslop
Can you beat my highscore 264 in Block Puzzle Jewel. Is 37 a good score at Block Puzzle Jewel ?
Vertica Outdoors
Wow. What an adventure!
Adopt Colorado
I'm thinking an inner tube and begin filling it up. Placed right it might force it free. I lost a canoe on the Colorado river, it swamped and bent around a rock about 3 feet under water. Current was to strong to get it off the rock. Day later we rafted right over it. Great job getting it free. Tube would have kept it up after it was freed.
Reel817Fishing with_CP
That was too REEL. Subbed in 4 Life.
It looks like marysville?
what part of the river were you at . I'm from the sunbury area by the fibre dam
Holleran Properties
I say the next time the fire department wants to raise funds.... tell them there on there own!!! w.w.
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james ranger
A gas powered trash pump would have cured your towing problem.
Billy Tramp
Perhaps this should be called...USELESS PEOPLE
Daniel Nies
I love it you do that fantastic job I gotta give you a for effort Great job I go fishing with you guys any day of the week after watching this video you're my kind of guys Thanks for Saving that guy's boat
I’d like to know how you got your self into such a situation mr hot shot . Why don’t you start over and take a boating class? Or are you too smart for that?
D Wetick
Susquehanna is full of big rocks...used to row around them...suggest you do likewise.
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How to Run Aground in 8’ of Water When Boat sinks on the Susquehanna River! 5 months ago   18:35

At the end of our last episode, we left you thinking we ran aground. Yeah, we did. Though in all fairness, it was more of a “nudge the bottom” situation. The question was, how did we manage to run aground in 8 feet of water, when we only draft 4?

Turns out we were drafting much more. Unbeknownst to us, the line we had strung under the hull between the midship cleats had slipped off turning our several mile journey from the yard to our first marina. Believing our board was still up (we draft 4’ 2” with it up), we thought we’d just squeak into a slip with 5 feet of depth.

Nope. We hit bottom about ten feet before reaching the dock.

Now what? This turned into quite the drama for our first days on the river. We started with staying overnight at a lock, which you generally aren’t supposed to do — especially without permission; fortunately the lock operator on duty was sympathetic to our situation, as the lock itself was the only area in this part of the river with enough depth for our boat in its current state.

The next morning, we backtracked six miles, first to Crowley’s Yacht Yard to procure some hardware for a new mast plug. The plug needed to bear the weight of the 200 lb. centerboard (via the pennant running from the board up through the partners and to the rope clutch on deck). This was our other problem: The first version of the mast plug we had fabricated didn’t work; we needed to make a new one.

The rigging master at Crowley’s was incredibly helpful, and even gave us a couple blocks for free. We headed back to Skyway where they had dock space for us to start building the new mast plug. We were hoping that with a new plug we’d be able to pull the board up. Alas, no dice… We had to haul out.

Three hundred and seventy-five dollars later, our board was back in its trunk, and our boat was again drafting 4’ 2”. We found out the centerboard had swung forward of 90 degrees, and the pennant had become jammed between the board and the trunk. Once we had the boat out of the water, we were easily able to free the pennant, and winch the board back up.

Onward downriver!

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Lauren & Kirk

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