Boat sinks on the Susquehanna River! How to Run Aground in 8’ of Water When 2 days 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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Jerry K
Just put it in rice.
Matt Webster
I wud of ratchet strap two barrows on to her sides when the boat was on the rocks." Or a few 5 galleon drums, which would of kept her afloat when back in the water." and got someone inside with a large bucket to keep bailling her out. You should of planned everything out" and prepared for the worst. I suppose everything is a learning curve."and if their's ever a next time ? U will have more knolleage on what your doing.
celnav celo
Hurts to even watch
thomas daniel
I've always said, buy a six pack and got to the public ramp in the spring and enjoy the comedy....
thomas daniel
well, I will say it was entertaining to watch...
john miller
Mike Paniora
the motor saved..
12:00 dudes a hero
Gene Po
How would i say this nicely... belch pump, huh... Did you really tryed to save that boat? To me all this circus looks like you want to impress viewers with amount of useless work being done
Jeffry Turner
Ignore all these losers who claim to be experts at boat recovery. You were dealing with many unknowns and did a great job recovering the boat, and great news to hear he has new cowling and it is fixed back up! What these armchair experts do not realize is the water is freaking cold, currents are unpredictable and one works to solve a situation with tools at hand. Everything in life is learning experiencing, Murphy stepped in and you still managed to get the boat out and repaired. Great job!
Biggie Smalls
Some people should not own boats
Jason Jones
Thing is junk,already twisted
Jason Jones
One heavy jet boat could have done it.
nobody had a roll of flex-tape?
Billz Adventures
ripped the top of that engine to shreds by dragging it along the bottom
Steve's ArtOfSailing
You guys did a good job. i wasnt sure but i thought as long as she was moving, she would try to plane and force water out. so sorry your girl went through this. glad she runs. i thought it would. just drain everything.
Mike Banks
My GF couldn't understand why all the smiles after the boat sunk completely I said easy someone could have died in that mess. fell out of boat and got pinned to the rock underwater anything. She was happy to read your comment and realize you got another and that your OK.
Its good to have friends that will jump and help on stuff like this. OK, so they are not salvage pros. Could have returned to shore after first inspection and put a plan together, OK. Instead they decided to give it the old college try and it worked, a little clumsy perhaps but the boat ended up on the trailer, and nobody's hurt, just wet and cold. A good day.
Sericen De'Whami
i hope you Dutch Navy men at least cleaned up the trash out of the water
Bob Tack
u need a wrecker
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How to Run Aground in 8’ of Water When Boat sinks on the Susquehanna River! 2 days 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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