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My boat is in the canal behind my house and the water level dropped FAST! I am hoping it goes up a little bit to get it out, but if not, I'm looking for ideas on how to get it out.

About the only one I have so far is to pull my boss's Hummer up in my neighbors yard and attach the winch to it.

Anyone have ideas or personal experiences?
 

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The canal is too shallow to drive it out, even if you lighten the load on the boat as much as possible?
 

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If the middle is fine, get someone with a smaller boat and an outboard to pull you to deeper water. Maybe even a jetski?
 

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Any other boats stuck in your canal? Maybe they know a secret on getting out. What Ideas have you already thought of and discarded.
 

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QUOTE(Spider @ Oct 7 2003, 11:24 AM)If the middle is fine, get someone with a smaller boat and an outboard to pull you to deeper water. Maybe even a jetski?
Do you think a Jetski would work? I have access to one, but I have a 30' boat.
 

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That doesn't sound good at all.

I'm not sure I would try the winch idea...sounds way too risky and if you screw up the boat, insurance might not pay for any damage if they find out how you tried to remove from water.

I would lighten as much as possible, even fuel, and see how that works. If your canal is that low, you should be able to walk the boat out, right. Just borrow some fishing pants.

Another idea would be to get some towing straps and (2-3) and attach to some flotation devices on each side. Maybe Steel Drums or something inflatable.

An expensive last resort would be a tow company, but that should be covered under your insurance, so it could free.

Good Luck.
 

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QUOTE(All Jacked Up @ Oct 7 2003, 11:24 AM)Any other boats stuck in your canal? Maybe they know a secret on getting out. What Ideas have you already thought of and discarded.
Well, it was floating on Friday when I was cleaning it, Saturday morning stuck.
Really just happened overnight.

It was quite the site of me and Rerun in our underwear in the canal on Saturday morning.
THAT WATER WAS COLD!
 

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with winds like last weekend it may effect the depth of the water. Does it help with wind direction in your case. I know it did at the begining of the year for gett off my hoist. Who much more water do you need to float
 

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I don't need much more. The canal is fine, it's just my cut-in. I literrally need to move the boat about 2 feet and I will be fine.
 
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Where is it hitting bottom? If it's digging in at the transom, lighten it up as much as possible and see if you can put some people on the bow or way up front in the cabin. A few more in the water lifting at the swim platform could help too.

How about a heavy duty come-along strap around a big tree across the canal?
 
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As for the jetski idea, many years ago we saw someone grounded at the edge of the Sni on a windy day. It was maybe a 28-30 ft cruiser and we couldn't get close enough to get him a line. A jetski came along and we gave a line to him and he pulled the boat out with no problem at all.
 

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Rob, I'm still in the water if you want a tow, if it's possible. Let me know.
 

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Well, it could be worse:

 

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IF YOU HAVE ACCESS TO A JET PUMP YOU SHOULD JUST GET IN THERE AND BLOW IT OUT A LITTLE. IF NOT I WOULD BORROW ONE.
 

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Take everything you can think of off of the boat to lighten it up.

Empty the water tanks. aprox 8lbs per gallon.

If you can find a clean 55 gallon drum to temporarily offload some fuel into. You can also top off you car/truck with the gas that you remove. aprox 6 lbs per gallon. 55gal x 6 330 lbs. Leave enough gas to get to your destination.

Take the batteries out until it is moved the 2 feet.

Host an LSCN boat moving party. free waders and beer for all that help?!? 10 to 15 peeps in the water lifting and pushing. Could be fun to watch anyway.

Good luck!!
 

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The boat is probably just sitting in silt, sand, or muck. Get a high pressure nozzle on some kind of pump and blow it out of the way. I know a guy that knew someone at the city, and borrowed a 4"dia pump. It deepened his parking spot in a short time. Don't draw too much attention though, technically you need a permit.
 

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QUOTE(Capt'n Rob @ Oct 7 2003, 11:41 AM)Rob, I'm still in the water if you want a tow, if it's possible. Let me know.
This sounds like the best idea so far. If it doesn't work than we can look at taking gas and other crap out to lighten the load. Not to mention that if we do it on one of these warm days we could get in the water and try to push from the back. Also take a couple of these peeps up on there offer to help. Even if it's just to sit on the bow like Bill272 said.
 

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QUOTE(hammer @ Oct 7 2003, 12:12 PM)Don't draw too much attention though, technically you need a permit.
I think we might of already blown that cover....Rob and I in our boxers on Sat morning trying to get it out was quite a sight. I'm sure all the neighbors video taped the to idiots in the freezeing cold water trying to push a couple of thousand pounds of boat out.
 
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