houseboat magazine
Your Ultimate Online Houseboating Resource
Welcome to Houseboat Magazine
Contact UsAdvertise

AFTERMARKET MANUFACTURERS BROKERS FORUMS
Administered by The Pirate
+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2
1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 13

Thread: and the day started out so good

  1. #1
    Senior Member 42gibson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    norwich,ohio
    Posts
    332

    and the day started out so good

    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
    Last edited by 42gibson; 10-08-2012 at 01:07 PM.

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Wheeling, WV
    Posts
    243
    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.

  3. #3
    Senior Member 42gibson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    norwich,ohio
    Posts
    332
    oh we will be there, she wont go up the muddy muskingum again though!!!

  4. #4
    Senior Member Stmbtwle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Ruskin, Florida
    Posts
    2,350
    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.

  5. #5
    Senior Member 42gibson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    norwich,ohio
    Posts
    332
    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.

  6. #6
    Senior Member Tony B's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    NE Alabama - Tennessee River
    Posts
    137
    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.
    Houseboater at Heart
    1986 Mainship 36 Dual Cabin Pointed Ended House Boat

    www.FreeBoatProjects.com

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Wheeling, WV
    Posts
    243
    How did everything turn out for you?

  8. #8
    Senior Member 42gibson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    norwich,ohio
    Posts
    332
    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.

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Wheeling, WV
    Posts
    243
    Rick,

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

  10. #10
    Senior Member 42gibson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    norwich,ohio
    Posts
    332
    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!!!!!!
    Last edited by 42gibson; 05-20-2013 at 06:24 PM.
    44 gibson executive
    on the muskingum river & ohio river
    marietta,ohio

+ Reply to Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts