View Full Version : and the day started out so good

10-08-2012, 01:01 PM
it was ealry saturday 10/6. we got a call from a man wanting to buy our old gibson. we went up river 8 miles to bring it down to take it out and winterize it for him before he came down with the money. it was absolutley beautiful out, the river was calm, the trees were changing color.
we made it down to the only lock on the muskingum we had to go through. they had the doors open for me and we slid right it. we chatted with the lock master while he lowered us to lower pool level.he opened the door and we slid out at a idle. we stayed between the channel markers and into the river. then....... crunch and we stopped. we hit something submerged at a idle and it killed the starboard engine. i restarted it and put it in geer....nothing.... i raised the engine hatch to find a foot of water and rising.the bilge pump was running at full throttle. i looked again and my starboard prop shaft was gone and water was pouring in. i told my wife " this is not a drill were sinking".i grabbed some rags and plugged the hole. the water was lowering . i thought we were ok since we still had 5 miles to go....but ohhhhhh no. the rudder had also hit and put a 4 inch crack in the hull where water was also pouring into. well i couldnt plug that hole but the bilge pump was now keeping up.
i made a frantic call to the man that pulls us out every year and found him at home. he thought i was kidding when i told him i was sinking. after several minutes i convinced him i wasnt kidding he said to go slow and he would meet me at the ramp. with the rudder bent back it was very difficult to steer at best but we made it to the ramp. the wind was blowing up river at 15 mph and we had one motor and part of a rudder but some how we got it loaded. we have a growling in the tranny on the port side,the starboard prop and shaft gone,the starboard rudder bent and a crack in the hull on the starboard side. now i have to find someone to fix it. ....but.....we didnt sink. it was a good day,by the way....my wife will never go up river again.......lol

10-08-2012, 01:10 PM
Wow. Glad it all turned out ok. That is my worst fear whenever running on the river. You better get her over her fears to come north. I have my Port side reserved for you in July.

10-08-2012, 03:47 PM
oh we will be there, she wont go up the muddy muskingum again though!!!

10-08-2012, 04:48 PM
When I lived in Galveston the marina I was in stored their travelift on the piers with the slings IN THE WATER. More than once I watched a sinking boat rescued that way.

10-09-2012, 10:23 AM
i never had anything that bad happen before. we travel these waters all the time. i sure dont want to experience it again.now we have to have all the drive mechanisms checked and find someone capable of finding everything thats wrong and fix it correctly. should be meeting with the adjuster this week.

Tony B
10-09-2012, 08:38 PM
Good luck with the adjuster. My experiences with them have always been positive.
If you have lots of photos and receipts and good records, everything will be good.

10-22-2012, 06:53 AM
How did everything turn out for you?

10-22-2012, 01:43 PM
he came and looked at the boat,took alot of pictures. he said i was covered but he prefered to have it hauled to maybe pittsburgh to a full service marina so they can get it inside and fix the obvious problems then put it in the water and see what drive damage it has.i havent heard back from him yet.

05-20-2013, 12:54 PM

Any updates? I saw on another post you had stated that it was at Fox Chapel marine for repairs.

05-20-2013, 06:17 PM
the boat is still @ fox chapel. i would NEVER take a boat to them again! after 3 months the only thing that is done is the fiberglass work,the rudder,prop and shaft replaced.i went up saturday and they had pulled the boat outside which is fine but they didnt even put the cockpit cover back on,the flybridge is half hooked up,the inside of the boat is filthy,the engines are covered with gelcoat dust from the hull repairs. it was supposed to be water tested friday,then it was today,then its tomorrow. its always some kind of excuse. i cant wait to get it out of there!!!!!!

05-20-2013, 06:24 PM
Really? What are they having issues with? Is that buyer in Pittsburgh still interested?

05-21-2013, 03:17 AM
yes, the buyer is in pittsburgh and is sending me a deposit.. i wish i knew what their problem is. everytime i talk to them its a different story.what a mess.

05-21-2013, 06:21 AM
I feel for you. Apparently even the larger marinas seem to have the same issues as the smaller ones. How is the executive doin? I think we might be trying to put our boat in this weekend. We have been way behind.