Boat sinks on the Susquehanna River! How to Run Aground in 8’ of Water When 2 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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Jerry K
Just put it in rice.
Brian Baltzly
I helped a guy once.
James W.
I'm not going to be taking my Jet Boat down that rock infested water trap. There have to be better places to fish? I would have removed the motor before attempting recovery, bolt cutters for the control cables and my 18V impact wrench for the bolts through the transom about 5-10 minutes. Couple "Big Rig" size tubes attached and away we go; just a thought for next time. By the looks of the river, there WILL be a next time...
Delaware Devil
What ?? No duct tape?? Duct tape fixes everything.
That would totally suck. What ramp did you launch from? I’d like to avoid that part of the river, with my Lowe Skorpion. Even with my Jet Drive, I’d like to keep away from any potential disasters
Larry Olszewski
I don't know why you guy's left the motor on it of course the weight plus all the water in it plus where ever it was leaking going to make it sink
frank rydzinski
what a fecking shambles you did ,, saving that by half demolishing it
Floppy Ole
You couldn't find a redneck to shove the nose off to the side and fire er up drive it home, go faster don't stop till ramp.
feral kid
You guys so had it in the bag. I'm guessing you saw the initial damage and decided it wasn't quite bad enough for jake from state farm to write it off yet, so ya towed it back half full of water knowing full well it'd wake over the transom and go under. All the while documenting your valiant effort with video proof. lol
Peak Torque
Nice job, captain cornhole!
there no fucking way only way ty to the front boat and houl ass and maybe
Slick muck
When the boat was submerged three or four guys could have turned it right side up and winch it onto trailer. Pull plug and slowly pull it up the ramp Right
Slick muck
Lol. Love the sappy music at 15:00 when its sinking
Duck McDonald
An extra 30 min to go get a bilge pump and battery and pump out before & while towing it would have been well worth the time. My grandma always said, "Hindsight is 20/20.
peter m
hope you had ins.
Derek Walter
Billy Mays here for Flex Seal!
Lyle P.
Well, did you catch any fish?
William Ogilvie
I can't believe you towed it with the motor on. If you had taken the motor off when you towed it to the shore you could have flipped the boat over and ducktaped the crack. Then you could lash it to the side of your boat and towed it the way professional tow boats. Towing a leaky boat with a long rope and with a motor still attached is asking for trouble. It's good the owner was good natured.
Victor Remick
The Working Man 82
Nice job boys. For 2 greenies and 1 gentleman with a plan you did o.k. the principal is to keep bildgeing and stay moveing.
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How to Run Aground in 8’ of Water When Boat sinks on the Susquehanna River! 2 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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