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i read on one of the forums about a guy whos shaft log failed was quoted 100 bucks a foot just to put pumps in the boat. for me thats 2700 bucks for a 500 dollar pump. if i ever need help that bad on my current boat, i will sink or burn it, i would rather be out the couple grand i have in the boat than deal with legal robbery. i would love to see a tow boat get stuck, i would go pull them out if i could and file salvage on it.

i think this needs a fair way of doing it, lets say a 150 bucks and hour for a tow, rent of pumps at 250 bucks a day per pump plus delivery time. etc

if my boat needs help, like a pull of a shoal, why the hell should it cost thousands for an hour of work
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They were getting $10K to pull boats off the shore in Grenada after Ivan. Talk about robbers! Saw one boat lose it's keel and sink after being dragged back into the water by a tug!

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Just be prepared to pay the enviromental remediation costs if you decide to burn or scuttle your boat. Those can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars if you have more than a few gallons of diesel aboard. The EPA fines are also pretty steep.

Being pulled off a shoal in a soft grounding is a TOW situation, and you should generally try and provide the TOWING BOAT a line to rescue you with. One point that differentiates a TOW from SALVAGE is whose equipment is used. If you accept a line from the TOWING BOAT, it can often be considered a minor salvage operation. If you've provided the line, say your anchor rode... then it is just a TOW.

This is why I say that you should get a contract signed if you're not in immediate danger of sinking...and if you've grounded on a soft shoal, like a sandbar or mud....you're not...

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i read on one of the forums about a guy whos shaft log failed was quoted 100 bucks a foot just to put pumps in the boat. for me thats 2700 bucks for a 500 dollar pump. if i ever need help that bad on my current boat, i will sink or burn it, i would rather be out the couple grand i have in the boat than deal with legal robbery. i would love to see a tow boat get stuck, i would go pull them out if i could and file salvage on it.

i think this needs a fair way of doing it, lets say a 150 bucks and hour for a tow, rent of pumps at 250 bucks a day per pump plus delivery time. etc

if my boat needs help, like a pull of a shoal, why the hell should it cost thousands for an hour of work

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