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#569451 - 10/19/17 10:32 PM Ya gotta love it when a plan works  
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About a 3 weeks ago I did some shallow water dredging with Beachcomber. To make a long story short, I was headed downstream and yielding the way to a huge sternwheeler that was overtaking me. I kept moving to my port side and he kept edging over toward me. I ended up going onto a shallow ledge and heard that horrendous sound of the props trying to make a new channel.

I had a diver remove the props and I drove to Seattle to drop them off at Kruger & Sons, one of the leading prop repair shops in the PNW. They repaired them and overnighted them to me and I got them back yesterday. We're in a bit of a time crunch because we're headed to AZ on Sunday morning and I needed to get this project done before we left. I knew they were coming so I had already arranged for the diver to put them back on, and also with a friend of mine to help out.

In my phone call with the diver he said he had one problem he could foresee: The boat sits in about 10' of water beneath the hull. The diver wouldn't have any way to stand up and use the leverage of his legs to manhandle the props. (They weigh about 70lbs each).

I said I had a step ladder that he could take under water and stand on and also had about a 12' extension ladder we could try. So I loaded up the props in the back of the Terrain and secured both ladders on the roof.

We met at the boat this morning at nine. We tied some lines to the extension ladder in such a way that it could not flip over and cause the diver to drop the prop. We lowered the ladder into the water beneath the boat, using it like a scaffold platform and the diver directed us to position it where he wanted.

Using that as his platform he was able to stand and use his legs to help handle the props. To "feed" the props to him, we tied two lines to two of the blades and with my friend on one finger dock and me on the other we lowered the props behind the boat and were able to move them forward and make adjustments side to side and up and down so they lined up with the shaft.

The first prop went on about 10:30, then the diver had to change his tank for one with more air. The second prop went on about 11:00 and we were all done, everything picked up and back to the truck by 11:30.

Ya gotta love it when an off the wall plan like we came up with works well and accomplishes what you started out to do.

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#569452 - 10/20/17 03:04 AM Re: Ya gotta love it when a plan works [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Nice of the sternwheeler gunner2

#569453 - 10/20/17 07:46 AM Re: Ya gotta love it when a plan works [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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You could have always gone back to said location where the water was not as deep smile


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#569454 - 10/20/17 08:25 AM Re: Ya gotta love it when a plan works [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Guess i don't understand how the diver could get them off but would not be able to get them on without a ladder.

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#569455 - 10/20/17 11:45 AM Re: Ya gotta love it when a plan works [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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In all honesty, I can't really blame the sternwheeler as much as myself. I knew that shallow area was there but, as I've found in the past when you have your head up your butt you tend to get tunnel vision. I was watching the sternwheeler as it over took us and wasn't paying enough attention to where I was. It's called "situational awareness" and I just didn't pay enough attention to that.

How did we get the props off? Here's a link to a thread I had started that explained it.

Now I should admit that when I have a problem I can't see to find a solution to it causes me to lose sleep. The bigger the problem the more loss of sleep. I was concerned about how to tie the ladder so we could adjust its height below the boat so the diver could sit or stand on it (he chose to stand) and also how to tie it so if he stepped with all his weight (and the weight of the prop) on one side, that side wouldn't just flip him over and he would end up on the bottom.

I woke up at 0400 the morning before we were putting them on with the solution on how to tie the lines to the ladder so that the tipping and height problems would be solved. It always amazes me how solutions to things that are bugging me seem to come to me in my sleep.


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#569456 - 10/20/17 02:41 PM Re: Ya gotta love it when a plan works [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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I usually have to wait a day or so to come up with a solution. The older I get the more days this takes! blush

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#569457 - 10/20/17 08:07 PM Re: Ya gotta love it when a plan works [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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I agree Kelly. Wait, what did you say? Oh yeah, a day or so. I needed to get this done because we're headed to SCW on Sunday. Keep it warm down there.


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By PHX standards we are fairly mild now. Just don't turn the AC off yet.

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#569460 - 10/21/17 11:23 AM Re: Ya gotta love it when a plan works [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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I find I need to mull on a project for a couple of weeks, for ones where I have the time anyway. Your sitch was a little different with the time allowed being the major factor. Glad it worked out. The diver seemed pretty adaptable, part of that profession I bet. I like aluminum ladders. And air bubbles. What were we talking about again?


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#569461 - 10/21/17 12:28 PM Re: Ya gotta love it when a plan works [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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A part of the stressors was that we always do the Christmas Lighted Boat Parade the first weekend of December. We're coming back in plenty of time to get the boat decorated but if the diver couldn't get the props on with the boat in the water then I'd have to have scheduled a haulout in December to get them on. Not only would that put me under more of a time crunch (and the expense) but it's too cold I December to wax, bottom paint or do any of the other things I normally would do if it was hauled out.

I was so happy that it worked out well, as I walked back up the dock after we were done I felt like singing and doing cartwheels.


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