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Old 10-06-2009, 02:01 PM
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These are pictures from last year, but I just came across them on my computer and figured I share them. While cruising out to a job site on a research ship last fall, we came upon this ski boat it was hard to see at first, just the bow was above the surface. After talking with the CG we found out that the boat broke free from its mooring in a coastal river in NH. We found the boat just outside the western boundry of Stellwagen bank. It made it pretty far. We righted the boat and a local fisherman towed it back to the CG were the owners were waiting. Made for an interesting day.
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How did you get it turned over?
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We attached a line to the bow eye and then manuevered our stern until it was facing the sinkers stern, so the line is basically running from the bow eye down the hull over to our boat, then just put it in gear and pull, the stern will go under until the boat is almost upright and then the boat will ride up onto its hull. You have to tow it for a while until enough water drains so it can float itself, once we got it floating we through a big pump in and pump it out. It did take us a few tries , the key is getting as straight a pull as possible.
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pretty cool! thanks for sharing
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Not sure I buy the explanation of the boat washing free down the Piscataqua. The bottom looks pretty clean for a moored boat with no bottom paint. And who runs an inboard ski boat on that river anyways?

Nice job on the salvage, however.
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Nice work. If you go armed (MA, Im guessing not) it might have been cool though to see how many shots would sink it.
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Great thread, pix & info, thanks for posting it!
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is the water always that blue around there?
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The water is really blue out there, I forget how far out we were then, but the farther you go out the deeper the blue, its really cool.
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The boat was launched from the ramp in Green Harbor, MA and it was my understanding that the boat was swamped somehow, possibly by stuffing if through a wave a speed, putting both occupants into the water. They both were taken to the hospital, suffering from hypothermia, and the vessel was left drifting, just a few miles southeast of Green Harbor (off Gurnet Point). The boat eventually drifted out past Stellwagon; I think it was two days later when you guys found it.

Most of the assistance towing and salvage industry will not go out and retrieve a boat without first speaking with the owners. I tried to contact the owners of the boat via the CG and the Harbormasters who were involved but could not get in touch with them. I was still waiting for a call back from the CG when I heard that a local fisherman was towing the boat back into the harbor.

Good job on the recovery.
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Thanks Sea Tow, never did really find out what the story was,It was a little unsettleing at first, its not fun pulling up to a capsized boat seeing shoes and life jackets floating, we were hoping that there was no one still under the boat. the fishing boat had tried to get the boat upright but they didn't have a line heavy enough and kept breaking off. when we came upon it and radioed the CG the fisherman came back and offered to tow it for us. I think he was looking for the salvage, we had a job that had to get done so we couldn't tow it in, even if we did were a non profit so we probably couldn't take salvage rights anyhow.
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So, how far did it travel, in how many days?
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Looks to be 35 miles east of Boston.
That sho is sum purdy water......

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