Raising a sunken boat.

The series "The Shipwreck Men" ('kin chancers more like) depicts several septic companies that make a living from marine salvage. One of their major tools is a 4000lb lifting capacity air bag.

Faced with a problem like the OP's, they stuck a couple into the forward cabin and turned the compressor full on.

You won't believe it, but they ripped the deck off the hull.

Last night's was good

They used a HP Hose to dig out a beached yacht

Excellent programme - watch a couple of episodes of this and the Op`s boat recovery is child's play

Archie
 
Just a quick update.

As this is NOT my boat, but it is on one of my Dad’s moorings which I manage for him.

To date the recovery has been left in the owners hands, and I will only be stepping in if they fail to act promptly.

What has been ruled out so far.

Crane capable of small lift to enable pumping out, not possible due to access.

Unable to lift with lifting bags, as the expense far outweighs the value of the boat.

The owner, via a suggestion on hear, by a helpful member has contacted, and is supposedly acting next Thursday to get boat lifted by a specialist off of the canals.

I will be present to check no damage is done to the moorings.

If for whatever reason this falls through, with a few tweaks, I will be using the method that I outlined in my first post.

The boat itself is pretty much a junker, and this won’t have added to its value.

I have suggested to the owner that once it’s refloated, it is sold on eBay as a sunk recovered.

They won’t get much, but they will be rid of it, and so will we.

I won’t post again, unless it’s to update the current situation, or to post how it is recovered, hopefully with pictures.

If it’s recovered by me, expect to have a good laugh!
 
you do realise of course that once your engine in/or outboard breaks surface it's not worth sheeps shyte unless it's immediately stripped and placed in a barrel of diesel, there are other ways to salvage it, but that one is most oft used.
 

Joshua Slocum

LE
Book Reviewer
We are not expecting it to go well, thats why we are giving you so much conflicting advice
then somebody can say I told you so !!
just list it on Freegle, some jubber/uncle albert will turn up and take it away
 
Today at 16.30 the boat was afloat.

The specialists turned up, and tbh, made a bit of a dogs dinner of it.

In their defence, apparently the owner had told them it was smaller.

I am glad that I was on site, as they had initially planned to cut all the mooring ropes and winch it to the bank. They decided not to do this when I explained that the stern of the boat was in deep water, and that if they cut the ropes, it would merely slide down the riverbed and out of sight, making recovery an awful lot more difficult.

They discovered the truth to this when they waded out, and went from knee deep to chest deep, and then the bottom disappeared.

Here is the following methods that they tried.

Winching it towards the bank, hoping to raise the gunnels above the water line. Sadly they ran out of room for this method to work. They kept the front line attached, as this was all that stopped the boat from sliding out of sight.

Airbags strapped to the boat by ratchet straps, whilst this lifted the boat, unfortunately due to the fact that they had tried to winch the boat out forwards, the stern was now unlikely to break surface.

It has however risen enough, that by inserting plastic sheeting round the deck, and the use of 4 large capacity pumps, the boat was finally refloated.

The whole operation took about 31/2 hours, and the boat at my request has been mooted across the moorings in shallow water. This is in case there is a leak that we are not aware of, therefore it can not sink below the waterline again.

The owner of the boat was not present whilst all this activity was ongoing, and will no doubt be very disappointed that the sinking has not improved what was to start with a shit boat.

I will be leaving the boat parallel to the bank for 48 hours, before moving it back to a more normal position.

I will endeavour to post some pictures of the job.

As an aside, it’s amazing how many twats walk along a river bed and ask questions like, has it sunk? Is it cold in there? Did you know I had a boat once? And, is that normal for a boat?

I tried to avoid one guy as I was on my phone, and the ****** followed me for about 100 yards before he got the hint.

Will now try and post some pictures.
 
Just get a proper big steel work boat, strap the boat to it breasted up, and then winch it " up the side " of the bigger boat until the gunwales break the surface, until that point it weighs a fraction of its full weight out of the water, then stick a pump in and winch it up as you pump it out, as long as the pump pumps faster than any hole in the hull you will win.
 

sirbhp

LE
Book Reviewer
apparently a containership full of viagra sank last week . It raised the Titanic. (sorry)
 
Struggling to post the pictures at the moment, but here’s another update on the boat and it’s owner.

The boat is till afloat, and isn’t taking on water, however, the bilges are full of water that has run out of fixtures and fittings.

I have explained to the owner that she must and will pump out the remaining water. Failure to do so, will result in the boat being moved off of the moorings onto public (shallow) moorings down stream of our yard.

Whilst this made sound a little harsh, the reasons are as follows (a) I don’t want a repeat of the previous fiasco as I know for a fact that she hasn’t the money to repeat the operation. (B) she has come to the end of her current mooring term.

As I am being ‘nice’ I have given her a month to vacate the mooring, taking her boat with her. (Unless she fails in the above).

Unfortunately, she seems to think that the boat is still worth something, whereas, I am certain that it’s not, and should just be scrapped/crushed.

If anyone wants a piece of crap plastic boat that has had many a happy clueless amateur boat builder prove that they aren’t.

If anyone is stupid enough to take that as a serious offer, be aware that it doesn’t have a mooring, as I don’t need the hassle.
 
Looks like there’s a couple of fat cnuts kipping in it, is that Grimsby?
Don't be silly, reasons it could never be Grimsby - smart housing in sight on the water's edge, people visible in a rowing boat, trees, no signs of oil slick on water surface.
See Grimsby 'Marina' [aka No 2 Fish Dock] below.
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Joshua Slocum

LE
Book Reviewer
Struggling to post the pictures at the moment, but here’s another update on the boat and it’s owner.

The boat is till afloat, and isn’t taking on water, however, the bilges are full of water that has run out of fixtures and fittings.

I have explained to the owner that she must and will pump out the remaining water. Failure to do so, will result in the boat being moved off of the moorings onto public (shallow) moorings down stream of our yard.

Whilst this made sound a little harsh, the reasons are as follows (a) I don’t want a repeat of the previous fiasco as I know for a fact that she hasn’t the money to repeat the operation. (B) she has come to the end of her current mooring term.

As I am being ‘nice’ I have given her a month to vacate the mooring, taking her boat with her. (Unless she fails in the above).

Unfortunately, she seems to think that the boat is still worth something, whereas, I am certain that it’s not, and should just be scrapped/crushed.

If anyone wants a piece of crap plastic boat that has had many a happy clueless amateur boat builder prove that they aren’t.

If anyone is stupid enough to take that as a serious offer, be aware that it doesn’t have a mooring, as I don’t need the hassle.
lob it on freegle
some jubber will come and take it away
 
lob it on freegle
some jubber will come and take it away
I have repeatedly told her this, but she seems to think it’s worth more than she will get.

TBH, she is starting to piss me off, that maybe to do with the fact that she answers her phone Hi Dee Hi! Kind off took an instant dislike to having to deal with her, as she is very ditzy, but not in a good way.
 
I have repeatedly told her this, but she seems to think it’s worth more than she will get.

TBH, she is starting to piss me off, that maybe to do with the fact that she answers her phone Hi Dee Hi! Kind off took an instant dislike to having to deal with her, as she is very ditzy, but not in a good way.
got a photo?,
asking for a friend
 
If the hull is in reasonable nick, it would make a good project........ but the main bugbear is the transport costs.

Get it to somewhere you could do it up, then another trip to a nearby canal, put a 4 horse on the back and use it as a floating weekend caravan.

A friend in S. Manchester did that........ bought a wreck, did it up, then if work allowed, he'd drive 15 miles, put a brew on, and sit on the canal bank, at one with nature.
 

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