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Jeff posted 08-10-2015 10:27 PM ET (US)   Profile for Jeff   Send Email to Jeff  
Saw this video of a 27 Challenger literally pulling this other vessel from the jaws of death. Impressive. Though I have never seen this before, I guess it is standard procedure on hold to right a sunken vessel.

The video is on their Facebook page but should be publicly viewable without a Facebook account.
https://www.facebook.com/TowBoatUsProvincetown/videos/1103608276333917/

Binkster posted 08-10-2015 10:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Binkster  Send Email to Binkster     

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Sorry, not into Facebook

rich

Jeff posted 08-10-2015 11:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jeff  Send Email to Jeff     
For all the Facebook haters....I downloaded the video and hosted it.

http://tinyurl.com/pcnolkk

porthole2 posted 08-11-2015 09:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for porthole2  Send Email to porthole2     
I'm kind of surprised they posted that.
I worked part time for a TowBoatUS company for over 20 years. We tended not to post how we actually did some things to keep non towers from attempting what we do.

You would be surprised how many folks will attempt to do boat salvage on their own after seeing a tower company doing the same thing. The other thing that no longer surprise me me is how ofter we have heard "that won't work" or "you should do it this way".

What the video doesn't show is a well made, well secured, strong tow bit. A tow line that is probably "Spectre" or similar and the use of a shackle on the bow eye as opposed to some other type of "hook".
And, a captain that has some experience with both his boat and the work involved.

But, the procedure is standard for righting a small capsized boat. The enclosure - semi T-top adds to the difficulty as well.

porthole2 posted 08-11-2015 09:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for porthole2  Send Email to porthole2     
I'm kind of surprised they posted that.
I worked part time for a TowBoatUS company for over 20 years. We tended not to post how we actually did some things to keep non towers from attempting what we do.

You would be surprised how many folks will attempt to do boat salvage on their own after seeing a tower company doing the same thing. The other thing that no longer surprise me is how ofter we have heard "that won't work" or "you should do it this way".

What the video doesn't show is a well made, well secured, strong tow bit. A tow line that is probably "Spectre" or similar and the use of a shackle on the bow eye as opposed to some other type of "hook".
And, a captain that has some experience with both his boat and the work involved.

But, the procedure is standard for righting a small capsized boat. The enclosure - semi T-top adds to the difficulty as well.

Binkster posted 08-11-2015 12:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Binkster  Send Email to Binkster     
That type of procedure is dangerous for a boat that is not equipped with a tow bit and a shield to prevent a snapped tow line from injuring or worse, occupants in the tow vessel.
When on Coast Guard duty many years ago a snapped towline came back into our tow vessel. Our boat was equipped with a solid steel plate forward from the stern that protected the Coast Guard crew. It sounded like a gunshot when the line snapped.

rich

ConB posted 08-11-2015 02:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for ConB  Send Email to ConB     
Some years ago I watched a video of a local tower flipping a turtled large multihull sailboat the same way. The tow boat was a 45' tug boat.

Con

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