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By the numbers....
First of all, if it was easy, it would have been done already.
Second, if it was cheap, it would have been done already.
Third, I had someone committed to bringing a boat, but he hit some hiway debris and blew truck and trailer tires, couldn't make it. I found out about this at 2230 Friday evening, with an 0800 Saturday start planned.
I imagine that if I had started knocking on doors at 2300 Friday, I would have had better chances of being shot than finding a boat for the next day. So I got up nice and early and scoped out the area, talking with the few people conscious at 0700 on a weekend. By 9:30, I had located a boat to rent, close to the target.
You don't think that's a trick? Drive to a marina 4 hours from where you live, on the outskirts of the populated area, and give it a shot.
Mark drove the skiff to the landing and we loaded it and got to the sunken boat about 10:30, a couple of hours later than planned. We worked on stuffing the bags into the cabin and got four (not two) of them inflated before the rising tide stopped us at the same time we ran out of bottled air.
I appreciate the practical tips - really I do - but this boat is missing most of her hatches and is on her side 50% under water (that would put the lower rail almost 6 feet down) at low tide (range is about 5 feet), with her keel on the high side and her mast pointed toward the deep water. With 9 or 10 feet of total water, I still plan to right her with floats, and pump her out if the rails come to water level. If not, I'll drag her as close to shore as possible, lean her toward land, and pump her out when the tide falls again.
Would I have turned down back-up boats? No way, but that wasn't an option. No boat = no time to work. The limited volume of compressed air in the bottles was a surprise (thought I had plenty, even overkill), one that I will overcome. The distance is a problem that can't be solved, and I have to work with the tides that nature offers.
Or I could just say 'screw it' and go play. There are plenty of exits off this road --
1) Why bother?
2) Too far.
3) Too dirty
4) Too difficult
5) Too risky
6) Boat didn't arrive.
7) Ran out of air.
8) Cut hands on barnacles
9) Spent $$$ for gas, motel, food, pump, etc.
Oh, and my personal favorite,
11) No help from anyone except Mark, including all of those who are fond of pointing out that it is his problem to solve and there are too many boats in the marshes and someone oughta do something about this and the owners should be fined and we need a tougher law and DNR needs to do their job and...............
........if anyone wants to help, I plan on another attempt, with better tides, more air, and (I damn sure hope) a boat to use all day from sun-up to sundown. September 12, 13 I think; check back for more info.