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    Default Lets just say worst case senario..boat sinks

    I have my SCUBA license and gear, so if a boat goes down I can go down pretty deep and help bring it up. What do most recoveries cost these days?


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    I have a Hallett flat at the bottom of Lake Powell. I paid $2K in an attempt to find it where recovery would've cost another $1K. Never found it however. Self recovery isn't that difficult if you know what you are doing unless it's buried in mud.
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    When we recovered Jimmy's motor at Plowman's it cost us $1000. I warn you, Just because you are certified does not mean you should attempt this. There are several of us that are certified including myself. We decided to leave it to the professionals. It was no fun for them with all the fuel and oil that was in the water with them. They had the gear and experience and it was well worth the expense not to get someone else hurt. There should be a blurb about the recovery in the January issue of performance Boats magazine when it hits the stands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Doctor View Post
    I have a Hallett flat at the bottom of Lake Powell. I paid $2K in an attempt to find it where recovery would've cost another $1K. Never found it however. Self recovery isn't that difficult if you know what you are doing unless it's buried in mud.
    Recovery shouldn't be too bad with some small inflatable tubes to help get it buoyant some, and to be able to control it. Our lakes is all rock here, so no mud.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cordog009 View Post
    Recovery shouldn't be too bad with some small inflatable tubes to help get it buoyant some, and to be able to control it. Our lakes is all rock here, so no mud.
    Remember the depth matters. A tube fully inflated at 100' deep will burst before reaching the surface. The proper equipment is important and, as has been said, professionalism and experience is vital.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cordog009 View Post
    Recovery shouldn't be too bad with some small inflatable tubes to help get it buoyant some, and to be able to control it. Our lakes is all rock here, so no mud.
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    <-- certified as well.

    I think location of the boat would be fine, although difficult. but no way in hell would I even attempt recovery. Like previously stated you'd need a way to regulate the pressure in any tube as it rises to the surface, how are you going to control it... not to mention what are you going to do with it once you do get it to the surface? drag it underwater back to the shore? you'd need a barge with a crane.

    if anything go down there with a long rope connected to a buoy up top so u can go back and say "here it is..."

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    Corey I posted this a few months back on a "sunk" thread..not sure what the legalities are , cost back when this happened was around 1k and I belive if the driver hadn't tied a ski rope to it they would have had to drain the lake to find it , on another note we just lost a young local marina worker/diver on a similar mission a couple months back at Naci , don't recall the details

    Crazy Stuff Huh ,witnessed several years ago as a self professed "Canadian Ice Diver" in a wierd Suit (compressor on the barge deck ?) found a 18' Miller Bubble Deck in the Naci main Channel (150' + or -) It was wild to see that bow come up (by the bow eye and watch the recovery , I remember the recovery Barge guy when i questioned him saying the winch/crane on board , could "pull the a$$ out the earth" That boat (which had blown a clean out cover and sank like a hot rock ) was running the following weekend . The diver said the last 6 feet of bottom was goo and said it was so cold even in the suit he was struggling to function Congratulations on getting your float back and on perserveering to get it working again ! Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by ka0tyk View Post
    <-- certified as well.

    I think location of the boat would be fine, although difficult. but no way in hell would I even attempt recovery. Like previously stated you'd need a way to regulate the pressure in any tube as it rises to the surface, how are you going to control it... not to mention what are you going to do with it once you do get it to the surface? drag it underwater back to the shore? you'd need a barge with a crane.

    if anything go down there with a long rope connected to a buoy up top so u can go back and say "here it is..."
    You really need a float bag or some other device that does not expand for deeper recovery. They used 2 balloon type float bags for Jimmy's motor. I say motor it was actually the back third of the boat including motor, pump, one fuel cell and several large pieces of the hull. It was in 18 feet of water. There is no way to control a tube in those situations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Mohican View Post
    You really need a float bag or some other device that does not expand for deeper recovery. They used 2 balloon type float bags for Jimmy's motor. I say motor it was actually the back third of the boat including motor, pump, one fuel cell and several large pieces of the hull. It was in 18 feet of water. There is no way to control a tube in those situations.
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    FWIW, I helped get a flatbottom back on the trailer when it sunk at the end of the boat ramp last month. A duck swam by and that did it.
    It was in a no wake zone and a 4" splash guard would have certainly deflected the ripple in the water that sunk the boat.

    I've heard so many times how guys don't like a splash guard because they just don't look cool.
    That boat underwater with only the point of the bow above water didn't look real cool either.
    We got it on the trailer after 1 1/2 hours of 5 guys struggling and using a ratchet strap to pull it up on the trailer.
    The owner was draining the water out when the Sheriff came by and gave him a ticket for polluting the waterway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unchained View Post
    FWIW, I helped get a flatbottom back on the trailer when it sunk at the end of the boat ramp last month. A duck swam by and that did it.
    It was in a no wake zone and a 4" splash guard would have certainly deflected the ripple in the water that sunk the boat.

    I've heard so many times how guys don't like a splash guard because they just don't look cool.
    That boat underwater with only the point of the bow above water didn't look real cool either.
    We got it on the trailer after 1 1/2 hours of 5 guys struggling and using a ratchet strap to pull it up on the trailer.
    The owner was draining the water out when the Sheriff came by and gave him a ticket for polluting the waterway.
    I like my splash guard!
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    Unless you are trained/certified in Underwater Salvage Operations DO NOT attempt this. Somebody can and will get hurt or killed. Leave it up to the professionals. I am a very experienced diver with multiple certifications and basic training in search and salvage and I would not attempt this on my own. NOT WORTH IT.

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    I'm not certified in water diving but am the one of few sheriff coroner for our county. please listen to the experienced as a grand in hand is only Penny's to the consequences. otherwise you got to meet someone like me

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