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finally sank it!!!!

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well, they say u ain't a airboater till u sink one. i kinda sank one at the landing, but i don't count that one. lol
yesterday evening i was slipping around my deer lease in the cypress swamp and decided to see where a old trail went. Nobody's been down that old trail in probly 10 years and the cypress knees were pretty thick. I was climbing along them pretty good and i guess i was feeling kinda cocky. i could see a old deer stand and decided that i was gonna run all the way to it, even though there was a big spot of cuttgrass hiding the cypress knees.
i had the old GPU making it look easy climbing from one knee to the other, till the boat tilted real bad and the cage hung up on a cypress tree. it was only about 2 ft deep, but i have 18'' sides and the boat filled up in what seemed like two seconds. had to shut it down and figure a few things out. luckily the battery and fuel tank were still out the water, cause the boat was tilted probly 45 or 50 degreeswith the port side of the boat about a foot in the air.
so... i broke out the chainsaw, and cut the tree that had the rake in a bind, then cut a tree and tried to pry up the low side. i pumped the boat out, but when i would get off the pry bar, the boat would sink again! lol so i got out my handsaw and foundout what was holding the other side up in the air and carefully chopped that one as low as i could.
i then got a tree wedged under the low side, and once i pumped/bailed out the boat a third time, was able to get another pry bar under the boat and move it enough to get most of the water out and most importantly got the cage freed up to where i could stomp the loud button and shoot out.
by this time it was about 10pm. i called the wife and told her i was froggin and everything was ok.
about that time i drank a coke, put in a fresh chew of levi garrett, then fired up the GPU and climbed over things i didn't think i could climb over.
figured what the heck, so i took the long way around the swamp and got a few frogs. gonna be pulling out everything under the front deck in the am and see what is ruined.
probly will add a come-along to my equipment list this week.

no big deal, i knew it was gonna happen sooner or later. lol still had a good time.

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Glad you are ok man. Stuff happens.............. :thumbleft:
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It happens,,, Glad that your ok,,,

A come-a-long, 50 ft of small chain, and High Jack with a 12 in. sq board bottom, Chainsaw, and a 8 ft. 4x4, has gotten a many a boat back home,,,

Slide safe my friend,,,

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now that's what true air boaters are made of! :salute: :cheers:
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Self rescue with equipment you had with you is the very best way. Happy you travel prepared and could take care of it. Bud
:alaska: If you ain't living on the edge, you're taking up to much space.

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here's just some of the stuff i found in my front deck....
1. toolbag with enough tools to rebuild a buick.
2. 2 fuel pumps/extra hoses/splices/clamps
3. enough throttle springs to make a king kong sized slinky!!!!
4. 3 raincoats i didn't remember putting in there.
5. a waterproof bag with extra running lights, another fuel pump, and lighter fluid.
6. 3 life jackets.
7. 50' of rope and a snatch block.
8. 30 oilfield sized zip ties [the big ones that are stupid strong]
9. 10' chain and 2 pad locks.
10. 2 sets of new sparkplugs and a torque wrench
11. bolt cutters
12. nails, staple gun, 2 hammers
13. 2 hand saws, a cane knife, and a limb saw.
14. assorted ammo...22, 5.56, 7.62, 44, 9mm, 3006, 45-70, .410, and 12 ga. lol
15. 5 sets of earmuffs, 2 still in the plastic wrap.
16. big bag of earplugs.
17. enough flagging tape to mark a trail from here to florida.
18. 2 old pabst blue ribbon beers. [unopened]
19. maps of the deer lease, duck lease, and half of south louisiana.
20. a bag of hog wild pig feed.
21. several snickers bars/chips/cookies from hunting season.
22. 2 extra boat plugs.
23. 5 quarts of aeroshell plus.
24. my wifes beach towel i use to cover my garfish.
and a bunch of other junk.

i did not realize i was a hoarder!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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YOU REALLY FIT ALL OF THAT INSIDE A 12 BOAT. Bud
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If you didn,t have all that stuff in there you probably could of just picked the dang boat up and moved it by your self. :lol: :rebel:

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You are probably right!! lol

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I'm not going to ask about the wife's beach towel smelling of gar fish, but it has some interesting speculations left open.

Your list just proves you actually use your airboat. :thumbleft:
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U must be very organized. I can't seem to get my 2 tool bags and all the life jackets in. Guess I'd still be sittin on that stump..
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Do yourself a favor when you get a come along and get a rope come along.

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Rope stretches, chain and cable dont,,,

A section of 3/16 chain and a Come-A-Long will drag an Airboat all over the place, and you just keep taking up links,,,

I have found using the High Lift jack, you can put junk up under your boat, leave the jack, jacked up in place, and drive off, and get unstuck,,,

You can go back for the jack,,,

I have a Stihl chainsaw and Polesaw that goes with me,,,

An 8 ft. 4x4 PT makes a real good pry pole,,, It is slick as Glass when wet,,, Heavy, but it works,,,

A steel T-post driven in the Mud at a 45 degree angle make a good pull stake for the Come-A-Long,,,

If you ride alone, it pays to carry the tools needed to get back home,,,

Up here, help is along ways apart,,,

Slide safe my friends,,,

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i also have a crawfish skiff with a mudmotor on the back of it, and am no stranger to getting stuck in it. lol i have a winch that pins in place on the front of the boat, and it gets used alot. a good pushpole can pry the boat and b used as a winching point if need be. i always carry a chainsaw in the airboat, but i also keep 2 sharp handsaws and usually just use them unless it's a big tree or i'm feeling lazy.


i use 1/4'' synthetic rope for all my winching nowadays. it's stronger than cable, lighter than cable, easy on your hands, and doesn't stretch. if it snaps, it does not store energy like rope and just goes limp. 1/4'' is good for 6500# i am told. i will put some on my next come along. only down side to it is it's 1$ a foot at the hardware store.

that's a good point about the chain, u just grab the links and can get full use of the come alongs travel.
i had never thought about the high lift jack either, i could of used one this weekend.

thanks for the tips!!!

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18. 2 old pabst blue ribbon beers. [unopened]

Here's your problem. These should have been in the cooler.

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18. 2 old pabst blue ribbon beers. [unopened]

Here's your problem. These should have been in the cooler.

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Rope stretches, chain and cable dont,,,
Worth it's weight in GOLD! I like it b/c you never have to start over.

http://www.amazon.com/Maasdam-PowR-A-20 ... come+along

Combine this with some Amsteel Blue synthetic winch cable and you can pull anything out without having to start over every time your cable gets tight.

Also found this. Looks very nice but pricey.
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I did not know about the Synthetic rope,,,

I got to get me some of that stuff,,,

Thanks for the tip,,,

Slide safe my friends,,,

Cowboy r
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I ran over 8 years without ever sinking my fist boat. That was a car motor on a short side cottom mouth. That was with my new wifes first ride. A year latter she bought me the barge hull. A long roap and a come a long can get you close to or back to the water or out of the water.

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Hey Papa Jack,,, I have been studying up on the rope Come-a-long,,,

I gots to have me one of them 3 ton Come-A-Longs with that blue rope,,,

Kinda expensive, but I think it will be worth it,,,

I'll buy it off of this next show,,,

Thanks PPJ,,,

You still better stay the hell away from my frogs,,, lol

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A tree rope. made to slip around not snag. there strong & they do stretch. i cant say i know about the synthetic above.

http://www.sherrilltree.com/site/pdfs/R ... ations.pdf

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jopete wrote:i use 1/4'' synthetic rope for all my winching nowadays. it's stronger than cable, lighter than cable, easy on your hands, and doesn't stretch. if it snaps, it does not store energy like rope and just goes limp.
This^^^^ is a good idea for a tow line. Always a concern of the line breaking and getting launched into the prop of the tow boat.

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I talked to the Rigging Grips on this show, Resurrection #2, about that BLUE ROPE, and all they had to say was good stuff,,,

So I asked them if they could buy some for me, using the movie companies account and I would pay them for it,,, They said no, it was against regulations,,,

But that they could GIVE me 100 foot of brand new BLUE rope,,,

How sweet is that???

Now I will just hafta buy me that 3 ton Come-A-Long that Papa Jack was talking about,,,

It will be around Christmas before I can try any of this out,,,

They put my truck on 7 days a week, 14 hours a day, because I have a 12 KW generator on it,,,

They are trying to kill this old man,,, ;-) lol

Slide safe my friends,,,

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