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Has anyone on here raised a sunken sailboat?....I have...

Like the title asked, has anyone ever salvaged a sailboat that sunk. About 3 weeks ago a Columbia Challager showed up in our local boat graveyard. I watched it for a week and then spent 2 weeks getting it up. Ive got it anchored in the anchorage now. It was a pretty good challange to make it float. Doesnt have holes or leaks. It looks as if someone stuck it in the small creek and it layed over to the point to where it couldnt right itself. I used a long rope and a come-a-long to pull it back upright. Lucky for me theres a 50'ish trawler in the graveyard that i could use as my base. The boat seems to have a rudder issue as it has alot of play in the tiller. Its going to be a pain to clean up. Its got 1/4'' barnacles all over the starboard side and pluff mud inside. Now for the pics. I didnt get a good one of it at anchor, but ive got one.




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Looks like a fun project keep us posted as to how it goes
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Yea it should be a good project. A buddy has a set of sails off a hunter 25 that im going to get for it. Ive got a 3hp Johnson to move it. Once the rudder gets fixed, its going to be out and sailing charleston harbour. Got to figure out a name for it.
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Before putting too much money into it you might want to check if about getting a clear title for it. It would be ashame to fix it all up only to find it had been reported stolen or something, and then the old owner gets his fixed up boat back.
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Got to figure out a name for it.

"PHOENIX"

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Wow, but it does look like a fun project, I have a old Islander that I'm restoring ( was never sunk though ) and I have more fun working on it and sailing it than I do the 45 footer with all it's bling


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Got to figure out a name for it.
" The Phoenix " definitly comes to mind
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1966 24' columbia

the sailboat you raised is mine. I tried you contact you, but was unsuccessfull.
I just recently purchased it and am in the process of obtaining the title.
i was unaware that you have worked on it. email me at erik@corney.org ASAP
i live in chas. area.
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Before putting too much money into it you might want to check if about getting a clear title for it. It would be ashame to fix it all up only to find it had been reported stolen or something, and then the old owner gets his fixed up boat back.
good call.
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An interesting thread to follow for the next few days.

Now... any one here is a lawyer????
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Yea, ive already started the process with DNR for papers. Its got current VA stickers. Im just going to clean it up but not fix anything untill ive got papers for it. Im at the end of the paperwork game on a 1974 Hunter 25. Just got to pay its back taxes and its mine. Seems that every boat i salvage has a rudder issue, since the hunter has no rudder at all.

The Phoenix sounds good, but thats the name of my ex-bosses boat.
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