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  • Watched neighbors boat sink at dock last night

    The guy who has his boat 4 across from mine in the community slips had a 27 foot (I may be off by a foot) late model Formula very large bowrider. Beautiful boat and he NEVER used it, i use to walk by in disgust to see it just sit there uncovered and filthy. Well last night that caught up to him as the battery went dead from no use and he never checked on the boat and the bilge pump had nothing to power it. Guess what, it flipped and sunk. Sad to see but purely owners neglect. He could not understand why it happened as sea tow was pulling it out with the police. We had a really bad storm the night before, the mooring lines broke from the stress and the boat literally was laying upside down int he lake sunk

    If you keep your boat wet slipped like i do make sure you check on it and ensure you are giving the bilge pump(s) the battery power they need.

    Wonder what the salvage value is?????????
    1999 Chris Craft 232 Sport Deck
    Volvo Penta 5.7 GS / SX


  • #2
    Re: Watched neighbors boat sink at dock last night

    Wow, unfortunate. I could care less about some guy who doesn't take care of his boat... the tank full of fuel that is under there concerns me.

    Bummer.

    Evan

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    • #3
      Re: Watched neighbors boat sink at dock last night

      must have enough $$$$ to flush down the toilet...that much neglect!! probably deserves it!

      i feel bad for the boat.

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      • #4
        Re: Watched neighbors boat sink at dock last night

        like a lot of people today, they get the toy, get tired of it, get another toy, forget the first one. the insurance will pay off, and he still will not have learned anything, some just don't have the common sence to maintain things, and wonder why they break. he probably does not change the oil in his car either.
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        • #5
          Re: Watched neighbors boat sink at dock last night

          Aren't most boats today made with self bailing decks ? Maybe it got hung up on/or under the dock ?

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          • #6
            Re: Watched neighbors boat sink at dock last night

            There is probably 250 to 300 boats at the marina I dock at. I would easily say that only 25% of them get used every weekend. 50% twice a month and 25% get used once for the whole season. One of those never used boats also sunk last weekend putting a nasty oil slick throughout the marina. Its sad, but some people just don't have a clue how hard it is on boats that are slipped if NOT USED!

            I use mine every weekend and keep things scrubbed down, battery charged, bilge pump checked & rechecked. I don't want that happen to me, I enjoy my boat to much. After all "Life is so much better on a boat!"
            BEER........Helping ugly people find true Love since 1862

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            • #7
              Re: Watched neighbors boat sink at dock last night

              Ouch! I know many of you don't really feel any sympathy for the guy because he didn't maintain or check on his boat, but I do feel somewhat bad for him. Most people who take on boating or other hobbies usually dont do the research needed, so he most likely went in ignorant. He probably figured that a boat was like a car. I know guys who think that since boats are meant to float, they wouldn't have to check on them unless a hurricane was coming. Personally? I used to check on my boat(s) about twice a week even if I didn't take it out. My previous boat had a decent cabin on it, so at least one weeknight out of every week I'd grab some food at a deli or something and go have dinner on the boat. I'd sit and relax, listening to the music as I watched other boats come and go. It was very peaceful..... but I digress.....

              Back to the topic at hand... he may have been too busy with work and whatnot to ever use the boat and maybe this was his tipping point at which he says "Ya know... boating just isn't for me!"
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              • #8
                Re: Watched neighbors boat sink at dock last night

                Robert showed me that boat one day...It was a very expensive boat that was totally neglected.
                What a shame for the boat!
                The fuel and oil in the water is what i would be concerned about.
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                • #9
                  Re: Watched neighbors boat sink at dock last night

                  Well here its a 2 month season.And even with that I only get about 10 days on the water each year.life has too much other stuff at times.i'll spend more time on construction sites in las vegas and northern canada this year than i will on my boat,
                  i don't agree with not taking care of a boat,but i can understand not having the time to use it

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                  • #10
                    Re: Watched neighbors boat sink at dock last night

                    Seriously any idea about how these are treated by the ins company. I have to think you can throw a new engine in it and rewire the electronics and it would be good to go no???

                    I am clueless ont his but has anyone ever scooped up a deal on a salvage boat. I have a close friend whose wifes brother is a marine mechanic, this is exaclty the boat i would want if i could have any boat for this lake who know if there is lemon to be made here out of lemonade
                    1999 Chris Craft 232 Sport Deck
                    Volvo Penta 5.7 GS / SX

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                    • #11
                      Re: Watched neighbors boat sink at dock last night

                      Sad.

                      It would be a great slavage project. The hull is not "damaged", that's a big plus.

                      The engine is probably ruined.

                      The outdrive would be OK, water doesn't hurt those, except for maybe the u-joints and gimbal.

                      The wiring and upholstery/carpet would be shot.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Watched neighbors boat sink at dock last night

                        Originally posted by DJ View Post
                        Sad.

                        It would be a great slavage project. The hull is not "damaged", that's a big plus.

                        The engine is probably ruined.

                        The outdrive would be OK, water doesn't hurt those, except for maybe the u-joints and gimbal bearing.

                        The wiring and upholstery/carpet would be shot.
                        No carpet and it was only underwater for a few hours i am thinking the upholstery may be ok with some drying

                        Seriously does this ever happen where you can grab a deal on salvage???
                        1999 Chris Craft 232 Sport Deck
                        Volvo Penta 5.7 GS / SX

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                        • #13
                          Re: Watched neighbors boat sink at dock last night

                          One would have to think that it was insured.

                          If so, it is now in the hands of the insurance company for disposition. Unfortuneately, typically, insurance companies move slow thus making the situation worse. The engine locks up and the upholstery rots. It may be months, if totaled, before the insurance company sends it to an auction. By then, all you have that is salvageable is the drive and the hull.

                          I bought my first Boston Whaler from an insurance company. As expected, the engine was shot as was all the upholstery and wood. Fortuneately, for me, the hull was not holed so it was fine.

                          If you're interested, you MAY be able to contact the owner and insurance company and explain to them that you want first dibs on the "salvage" value.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Watched neighbors boat sink at dock last night

                            Originally posted by SS MAYFLOAT View Post
                            There is probably 250 to 300 boats at the marina I dock at. I would easily say that only 25% of them get used every weekend. 50% twice a month and 25% get used once for the whole season. One of those never used boats also sunk last weekend putting a nasty oil slick throughout the marina. Its sad, but some people just don't have a clue how hard it is on boats that are slipped if NOT USED!

                            I use mine every weekend and keep things scrubbed down, battery charged, bilge pump checked & rechecked. I don't want that happen to me, I enjoy my boat to much. After all "Life is so much better on a boat!"
                            ... thats a lot of boats with neglect. aren't there services or companies that check on boats and do some of those maintenance items for the folks who just cant or know how? we've seen some very nice dry docked boats that are left to deteriorate and shake our heads how folks can let them go.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Watched neighbors boat sink at dock last night

                              Just goes to show that somepeople have more money than they know what to do with.
                              Improvise, Adapt, Modify, and Overcome.

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