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Old 03-31-2015, 03:41 AM   #1
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This happened Sunday morning, with lots of people around and in a very short amount of time. Story........boat was taken out of the water about a week ago for detail. Now the owner is not very maintenance savvy. Borrowed my trailer as he does not own a trailer for this boat.. Put boat back in Saturday morning, used it for about 2 hours and parked back in slip. Sunday morning I left my boat about 7:30 am and didn't notice anything. Dock neighbor sees boat at about 9:00 am, no different. Calls come in to marina staff at 10:00 saying boat looks funny and sitting low in the slip. 10:30, taking on so much water nobody can board or even try to put in bailing pump. Nobody noticed any bilge pumps running. This boat was bought used at auction, and never really had any due diligence. Diver stated that a cooling hose to the water pump had either split or the water pump housing cracked. The boat is now floated (diver closed seacock) and still sitting in its slip. Owner is out of town and won't be back until Wednesday. Motors and genset are sitting full of water. I told vessel assist they could borrow my trailer if the could guarantee me my trailer back in 48hrs, as I plan to pull my own boat in less than 2 weeks. They could not offer that guarantee..Not sure what will happen from here......
Point of this whole post and story.........fellow members, please check your bellows, seacocks, thru hulls, impeller housings, shaft seals, rudder packings, and any other places for water intrusion!!!!!

I welcome all discussion as it might help someone from this very same situation.....
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Old 03-31-2015, 11:31 AM   #2
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Jesse thanks for the warning.

The longer water sits in the machinery the less likely they can be saved.

Owner and his insurance should have had the engines pickled ASAP.
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Old 03-31-2015, 05:16 PM   #3
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That would really ruin your day.
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Old 04-01-2015, 12:35 AM   #4
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Yea they really need to get a mechanic onboard asap and get them pickled!
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Old 04-01-2015, 12:43 AM   #5
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Still sitting in the slip as of right now......they can't find a trailer....one that anybody is willing to loan out....
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I would use a pump to drain the blocks of oil/water, pull the plugs spray the cylinders with WD 40 and fill the blocks with kerosene. .... All this can be done in the slip.
Don't any nearby marinas have a lift?
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Unless of course the owner wants new engines. ... But at that point they may just total the boat.
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Old 04-01-2015, 09:21 AM   #8
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The owner is not capable of doing much under the hood?!!?! That is how it got to this. Value vs. repair.....owner is not in the used car biz.....:0
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The Marina that we went to last year so many boat owners were like this fellow also. I don't see why these types of people even have boats. They spend hard earned money to buy them then don't spend another penny on anything else like maintenance.

Go figure...
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Yea I agree, in our marina off of Lake Erie we get a pretty bad surge that comes in when a storm hits, we get people that have spent hundreds of thousands on beautiful boats that can't even be bothered to get appropriately sized dock lines, so every time this happens their lines snap and we are out there risking our lives and limbs to re - secure their boats so they do not damage ours. .... so my guess this is a pattern that happens at all marinas. ..... It just breaks my heart to see these beautiful boats, that I will never be able to afford, go into such disrepair because of complete lack of caring. .... But as someone else had said. ..."More money then brains" I guess.
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