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Old 22-01-2010, 20:56   #1
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I saw this thread:

Urgent help please reply asap please - The WoodenBoat Forum

Now I'm coordinating the effort to raise this boat. Why? Because I would hope someone else would do the same for me if Oh Joy sank. Are ya near the Sacramento Delta? We could use the help....
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Old 22-01-2010, 23:22   #2
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You’re a bunch of nice guys and it does my heart good to see your selflessness.
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Not sure what I can do from here.....wish you luck...?
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Charlie,
That is incredible. What is the verdict, is she afloat? Thanks for doing what you are doing.
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Old 22-01-2010, 23:45   #4
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No, she's sunk in about 8' of fresh water. I'm trying to marshal some hands to help out this weekend. Barring that, pros to come out an have a look.
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Flotation bags

Wish I were closer.
Down here in hurricane alley, we get practice refloating sunk boats. I have several commercial type flotation bags which you put in various parts of the boat, then inflate them. You can use scba tanks or an air compressor. Placing the uninflated bags is hard work, plus they must be placed so they will lift the boat evenly.

I have used a Harbor Freight, oilless compresser, powered by a cheapo two stroke generator, slow but it works.

Be sure the divers are in a safe location because when the suction breaks, they can come up fast.

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Old 23-01-2010, 18:53   #6
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No luck, the water was still two feet too deep. The Pros will be on it as early as tomorrow. Thanks to all who supported this grassroots effort. I'll update as I get news.
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Well for future local needs...I have one of these ready to go..but its more the I can load up by myself...so a rental yard might be quicker.

A couple or 3 of them will do the job for sure.

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Old 26-01-2010, 10:13   #8
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As of yesterday evening, the boat was up and stable.
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Nice job Charlie! I am certain that you have one very thankful sailor.
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Yep, he's a happy camper, just asking for help with the clean up since he's still stuck in OZ and the fiance isn't hercywoman...
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I am realitively new to this forum but think what you managed proves just how good forums can be. Well done!!
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