Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: North Carolina
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As you found out this weekend, your window to do what you want is limited. Having multiple inflatable bags but only air to blow up two tells lots about your chances for success and the planning/preparation you have done. If you have any chance of pulling this off, you need to do some very exacting preparation. Think every step out in detail, and for each step of the way, have a detailed alternate to get around that problem if it doesn't work. Write down and review again and again the plans. Make sure you have every piece of equipment you need on hand in advance. Check each one out to make sure it works, and that it will do what you want. Couple up every component to make sure some missing or incompatible fitting is not going to sabotage your plans. If you need tow boats, or labor, make sure that you have firm commitments to be there. Just putting out an appeal is not likely to do it. Know exactly how you will attach gear to the boat so as not to damage it more. Bring more line than you think you will use...too much is not a problem, too little is. Same with inflation bags, drums,etc. and make sure you have a powerful tow boat....a jon boat and small engine in't going to cut it. From the pictures, my guess is that you have about a 10-15% chance of pulling this off, so you've got to do everything possible to make the effort work.
I, for one, can't imagine why you are doing this, since you're likely to spend far more on this boat to get it usable than if you bought one that is already afloat or in a storage yard. In any case, good luck, but please do the advance preparation.