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Old 08-29-2017, 11:16 AM
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So I know it's worth it to help out; and damage shouldn't really be the first concern.... but I see all these glass boats running in what looks like 2' of water (judging by the cars they're passing) Surely there are things they're hitting and places they'rerunning aground. Do they just plan to worry about the hull/keel/skeg damage later? I guess I'd just be hesitant to run in some of those conditions with my bay boat. What says THT?
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Some dude was launching what looked to be a Donzi or Fountain on the news the other day.

I'd have no issue putting around in our Triumph trying to help people. Granted it's plastic so really the prop is my only concern. If it were a glass boat it would hurt, but if people needed help - there are thousands of other boats out there.
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i know i thought the same thing. I'd love to go help but I'm not going to risk my new 22' bay boat in order to do so. I know that sounds horrible, i really mean the best but I just don't want to spend the money to replace or repair my boat if it becomes damaged. I guess those guys are more caring than I am, but I know I'm not a mean person lol I saw one dude with what looked like a brand new 22' skeeter with 250SHO, and i was like wow thats a really nice person or he has a bunch of money.
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
Some dude was launching what looked to be a Donzi or Fountain on the news the other day.

I'd have no issue putting around in our Triumph trying to help people. Granted it's plastic so really the prop is my only concern. If it were a glass boat it would hurt, but if people needed help - there are thousands of other boats out there.
Plastic or not, I would think something like a fire hydrant would cause some problems.
Old 08-29-2017, 11:24 AM
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lol I'm glad I'm not the only one thinking the same thing. There has to be submerged objects all over the place.
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Originally Posted by mikeloew View Post
Plastic or not, I would think something like a fire hydrant would cause some problems.
Or a fencepost, etc. Just gotta go slow I guess.
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I saw on the news yesterday a john boat pulling a john boat full of people. Tow boat hit something and stopped towed boat ran into towing boat rolled a little to one side filled up with water and sank so fast. The reporter never even saw it happened so fast.
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If you want to help and something happens, how is the insurance company going to know what went on? Unless you get caught tubing down your street by a news camera I think you would be ok. it's not like your boat is going to stay on your trailer and in your driveway when you get 4 1/2 feet of rain in a few days
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Originally Posted by mikeloew View Post
Plastic or not, I would think something like a fire hydrant would cause some problems.
Or a chain link fence, jersey barrier, high curbs. Yikes.
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I've wondered the same thing. How can not hit submerged street signs, fences, small trees, etc.? Also walking through the flooded areas can't be too much fun either, tripping over curbs, debris, all kinds of stuff.
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I think these guys have beater boats and go slow anyways

Is there any kickbacks or incentives they're getting for this?
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I wish I wasn't 4k miles away right now.

Fyi they are going slow when in unknown areas. It is generally clear in the roadways (most people park in neutral ground as its higher).

Welded alum boats are first choice but you do what you have to do.

Disclaimer: I worked as a captain (professionally) after Katrina in and around New Orleans this is not speculation.

Ps a 26 pass swamp tour boat makes an excellent rescue platform - and will stump jump a car w ease.
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Ran my 18x42 tunnel in lakeview and old Kenner for Katrina in 05. You would be surprised at how clear that flood water actually is in the subdivisions. Clarity on I-10 was a couple feet and you had to watch for the interstate barriers but we were only putting when we found them. The Cajun navy from lafayette had better boats and provisions than any of the public entities down there.
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Originally Posted by Fordy View Post
I think these guys have beater boats and go slow anyways

Is there any kickbacks or incentives they're getting for this?
I don't believe there are any kickbacks, just a healthy pat on the back for being a nice person.
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All boats get dings and scratches. Whether you get them sooner or later hardly matters.

I don't know about using a Fountain, though!!
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So a bunch of y'all are saying you would not risk dinging your boat a little in order to potentially save lives?

SMH
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Originally Posted by Onewolf View Post
So a bunch of y'all are saying you would not risk dinging your boat a little in order to potentially save lives?

SMH
Nope... not at all what I'm saying

So I know it's worth it to help out; and damage shouldn't really be the first concern....
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We were on I-10 east of Mobile and saw dozens and dozens of airboats and small craft travelling towards the west. FEMA must have sent out the call to hire anybody that had a boat. Anybody that would volunteer could be risking it all if their insurance doesn't cover named storm damage. Contact FEMA before you go
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Originally Posted by jpeff31787 View Post
i know i thought the same thing. I'd love to go help but I'm not going to risk my new 22' bay boat in order to do so. I know that sounds horrible, i really mean the best but I just don't want to spend the money to replace or repair my boat if it becomes damaged. I guess those guys are more caring than I am, but I know I'm not a mean person lol I saw one dude with what looked like a brand new 22' skeeter with 250SHO, and i was like wow thats a really nice person or he has a bunch of money.
I hope you are joking. I would use my 25 Blackfin if it would help. A boat is can be replaced people cannot.
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Originally Posted by Onewolf View Post
So a bunch of y'all are saying you would not risk dinging your boat a little in order to potentially save lives?

SMH


They may say that now. Eventually they would run out of beer or beer money and the boat is already in the water....

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