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#568395 - 07/06/17 01:28 PM Boat Sinks On Our Lake
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This barely made the news, but sadly a new SeaRay SLX 350 sank on our lake over the 4th weekend. Can't find any details on the sinking, but I don't believe anyone was hurt (that would have made the news). The boat sank in shallow water and near shore, so the passengers simply walked to shore.

Surely a very sad and frustrating day for the owners.





Here is what she may have looked like before going under:

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#568396 - 07/06/17 01:42 PM Re: Boat Sinks On Our Lake [Re: Dock Holiday]
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Only 22 passengers . . . idn

Good thing they were close to shore thumb
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#568397 - 07/06/17 03:12 PM Re: Boat Sinks On Our Lake [Re: Dock Holiday]
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Hope the people had an agreed value insurance policy. That's a 1/4 million boat bucks for that thing.
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#568398 - 07/06/17 03:17 PM Re: Boat Sinks On Our Lake [Re: Capn Morgan]
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Originally Posted By: Capn Morgan
Hope the people had an agreed value insurance policy. That's a 1/4 million boat bucks for that thing.


Capn - Do you think this is a total loss?

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#568399 - 07/06/17 03:53 PM Re: Boat Sinks On Our Lake [Re: Dock Holiday]
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Dock, anything is fixable, but for a price.
IMO, it's a total loss.
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#568400 - 07/06/17 05:18 PM Re: Boat Sinks On Our Lake [Re: Dock Holiday]
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Wait until the guy tries to insure his next boat . . . shocked bug_eyes
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#568403 - 07/06/17 07:38 PM Re: Boat Sinks On Our Lake [Re: Dock Holiday]
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Uummmm... compared to the size of the people hanging on the sinking boat, that sure looks like a small boat for 35'...?

Optical illusion maybe, or maybe there's a bunch of boat invisible under the water... maybe

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#568408 - 07/07/17 12:01 AM Re: Boat Sinks On Our Lake [Re: Dock Holiday]
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Thats would make for a bad day. Any idea what happened?
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#568409 - 07/07/17 12:19 AM Re: Boat Sinks On Our Lake [Re: Frantically Relaxing]
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Originally Posted By: Frantically Relaxing
Uummmm... compared to the size of the people hanging on the sinking boat, that sure looks like a small boat for 35'...?

Optical illusion maybe, or maybe there's a bunch of boat invisible under the water... maybe


Look closely - the guy on the starboard side in the bow area. - look how much bow is in front of him - and try to guess where his feet are - that is one big arse bow area. The other two guys are hanging onto the hardtop - not the gunnels. Also, as a measuring stick, the water safety boat is 31' ( link ).This is a very large bow rider!

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#568410 - 07/07/17 12:22 AM Re: Boat Sinks On Our Lake [Re: captkevin]
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Originally Posted By: captkevin
Thats would make for a bad day. Any idea what happened?


I have no information regarding what caused the boat to sink and am trying to resist the urge to jump to conclusions (and am very glad that no one here is jumping to conclusions either).

I will be be attending a boating event on Saturday where I expect I will be able to find out exactly what happened (I know someone whose grandson was on the boat, but don't know their affiliation with the boat). I will let you know what I find.


Edited by Dock Holiday (07/10/17 09:16 AM)

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#568413 - 07/07/17 09:46 AM Re: Boat Sinks On Our Lake [Re: Dock Holiday]
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Sad thing about this, and many larger boats, is that for about $500 extra in materials and labor in the factory, along with some design modifications, the boat manufacturers could give these boats more positive flotation. So, boats would not go down like this because of a mishap.

Particularly with the big bow riders. . . cabin boats usually trap some air in the cabin which keeps the bow up a bit . . . at least for a while.


Edited by tpenfield (07/07/17 11:37 AM)
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#568418 - 07/07/17 02:44 PM Re: Boat Sinks On Our Lake [Re: Dock Holiday]
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Dock, would be very interested to hear what happened, if you are able to learn.

We were up in Minocqua when this happened...
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#568477 - 07/11/17 02:03 PM Re: Boat Sinks On Our Lake [Re: Dock Holiday]
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Boy that seems like it would have to be a manufacturing defect for a boat that large to go down that quickly. Hard to believe leaving the plug out wouldn't be noticed before the boat before the boat could get closer to a ramp.
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#568479 - 07/11/17 02:39 PM Re: Boat Sinks On Our Lake [Re: Dock Holiday]
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If insurance covers it, he can upgrade to the SLX400. 40 foot of entertainment bliss, pocketbook draining, and room for dozens...

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#568481 - 07/11/17 03:04 PM Re: Boat Sinks On Our Lake [Re: Dock Holiday]
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Wow thats quite a boat there.
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#568562 - 07/21/17 11:31 AM Re: Boat Sinks On Our Lake [Re: Dock Holiday]
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Well, I finally found out what happened. This is "hearsay", but I have heard it from 3 different parties, and all stories align, so I believe it to be true.

The owner had been complaining to his dealer that the boat was taking on water. The dealer had looked into it several times, including a few days before she sank. Dealer said that he would be fine for now, and that they would fix the issue in the off season.

The water intrusion was caused by a 4" access plate underneath the swim platform. It is not clear if the factory installed the access plate, or if it was an aftermarket modification. Anyway, when they dropped anchor, everyone went to the back of the boat to jump into the water. This pushed the stern deeper into the water such that the access plate was submerged. The access plate failed and water started pouring in. I am told that she went down very quickly.

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#568563 - 07/21/17 12:00 PM Re: Boat Sinks On Our Lake [Re: Dock Holiday]
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That could get sticky real fast.
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#568564 - 07/21/17 02:05 PM Re: Boat Sinks On Our Lake [Re: Dock Holiday]
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Dock, I've been watching this thread and it's interesting. I wonder what the access plate gave access to. I've never heard of an access plate on a transom.

I'd bet there will be a few news articles about this when everyone lawyers up. Would you mind updating this thread if you hear more?
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#568565 - 07/21/17 02:36 PM Re: Boat Sinks On Our Lake [Re: GoFirstClass]
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Originally Posted By: GoFirstClass
I wonder what the access plate gave access to. I've never heard of an access plate on a transom.


The speculation is that the access plate is related to the hydraulics for the automated submersible swim platform (assuming this boat was equipped with this option). However, this is pure speculation.


Originally Posted By: GoFirstClass
Would you mind updating this thread if you hear more?


I don't have a source for inside information, so I don't expect that I will learn anything further. However, if I do, I will update this thread.

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#568570 - 07/22/17 12:11 PM Re: Boat Sinks On Our Lake [Re: Dock Holiday]
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I heard of another incident on our lake. The driver of a wooden inboard boat was thrown from the helm seat when his boat was slammed by a rogue wave and rolled dramatically to one side. The driver was injured and was not able to get back to the helm quickly. The boat made a hard turn and ran into a wooden pier. The boat was damaged above the waterline, but was not sunk, and no other persons were injured (on the boat or on the pier). The driver was hospitalized, however. Very sad.

I am told that the boat was not traveling fast and this is not a result of too much speed, it was just a freak reaction to the roque wave. I can attest to the existence of rogue waves on our lake (assumed caused by a large boat wakes that morph into something more). When cruising across our lake, it is hard to trim the boat because the conditions are constantly changing. We also have a number of captains who like to drive their 30'+ boats at slow speed (just below planing) so they can enjoy the views, throwing a tremendous wake as they go. These wakes then combine with other wakes/waves, and the result can be a "patch" of very rough water.

Also, I have noticed that many of the wooden boat drivers on our lake (we have a large number of woodies) sit on top of the backs of the bench seats (since they don't have the flip up bolsters). I am wondering if this was a factor?


Edited by Dock Holiday (07/22/17 12:15 PM)

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