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Snow Sinks Two Boats on Canal

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The latest heavy snow claimed TWO boats on the canal and a portion of the dock it was attached. The two boats: Boats and Ho’s a 24 foot and an unnamed 34 foot keeled over under the weight of ice and snow.

The 34 foot boat boat went to the grave yard. The smaller is possibly salvageable. Although, there was some damage to the engine.

According to the Boat U.S. Marine Insurance claim files, for every boat that sinks underway, four boats sink in their slips. 32% of all boat sinkings come from Rain and Snow.

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19 comments to Snow Sinks Two Boats on Canal

  • Anon

    So the name of the vessel was “Boats and Ho’s”? Classy and grammatically confusing.

    • GBMom

      That is an interesting comment about grammar coming from someone who used a fragment. People in glass houses should not throw stones.

  • ?

    Boats N Hoes is a song from the movie Stepbrothers IIRC.

  • Anonymous

    Interesting, what’s supposed to be done to avoid this type of thing from happening or is this just an inherit risk of boat ownership? I’m asking because of I was thinking of getting a boat soon.

  • Anonymouse

    Maybe when it snows that much the boat owners should shovel the snow out of their boats so they don’t sink. It ain’t rocket science.

  • Anonymous

    This really sucks, it is the third boat this season. You have to do a few things, cover or shovel the boat often. Make sure the scuppers are free, also remember that the weight of the snow brings the water line lower which may allow water into a self bailing boat or scupper which will lower the boat further. Some boats have scuppers that will not allow the water to get in, if you have a smaller boat with a hole put a plug in. Chances are it will not self bail anyway considering the water will freeze or the snow will stop up the hole. Then there is the dock poles and gangway.You need to chop around the poles so they don’t get bound up , if they do and the tide changes you will have issues. This is why some people build the pole retainers somewhat flimsy they will break before the dock or the pole runs into trouble. With all the snow and cold this year I also noticed the gangway getting hung up (it was not traveling on the wheels) on all the snow and ice. Most that don’t live on the water / have boats have no idea how much work it is to keep things afloat. It is really sad to see all these boats going under the last two years. All it takes is a bad storm and forgetting to shovel it and all is lost.

  • Anonymous

    doesn’t anyone care about the gas and oil in the boats tank and engine, and the harm it may cause to the environment?

  • Water Ratt

    Having spent many years on the canal and owning boats the main thing you have to worry about is the ice. You need to make sure you break the ice around your boat. Granted its a cheaper route keeping it on the water all winter my family has always done it, just requires more attention. Even if you have a cover over your boat you still need to check the bilge pump weekly to assure the pump is working and not frozen. Snow needs to be removed right away as well. I know the pain of breaking the ice and lost many of ice breakers to the canal but as a boat owner that’s one of the prices you have to pay.

    Regarding the post about anybody caring about the gas and oil these boats may have spilled? Honestly not at all. I would be more worried about the Sewage Plant and what the UA leaks into our water ways. Your not looking at a lot of oil since most of it is contained within the engine block. The other boat outboard engine depending of the age of it can be a 50:1 cycle oil mixture or self independent oil system within the engine. So you have some pretty rainbow effects on the water surface for a couple of days.

  • Anonymous

    I think everybody is concerned about the oil and gas but boats sink , cars crash and there is nothing you can do about the gas / oil when you have an accident of this magnitude. But to speak to your point I would not post pics of my boat if it went under, due to the fact that some people seem to miss the point when these things happen. Two parties lost their boats and the last thing they need is more problems. Living on the water you come to expect these unfortunate occurrences as part of boating.

    • Anonymous

      why wouldn’t you sump the tanks and store the engine if it the boat isn’t going to be used for an extended period? or are you just a lazy owner who doesn’t give a shit?

      • Water Ratt

        Your ignorance speaks for itself. Any boat owner knows when winterizing a boat you leave your tanks full to prevent condensation build up inside your tanks let alone slow the evaperation of the fuel in the tanks to prevent a nasty build up of sludge and chemicals.

  • floatsomejetsum

    The “before” picture indicates the dock owner knew that this boat was going to go down. I know the ultimate responsibility belongs to the boat owners, but it seems to me a disaster could have been averted in this case by the photographing dock owner. And it wouldn’t have even been out of order to charge a boat owner for a pump-out or shovel-out as it were, if it was so obviously necessary. Perhaps this was his way of getting rid of an unwanted tenant.

  • Jaime denardo

    I am both the dock and boat owner. The “before” picture was taken by chance a couple of hours before the boats sank. My sister was out in the yard taking pictures of the kids and the snow. We had no idea that anything was wrong or that
    pressure from the snow would cause the boat to tip.

    I allowed the pictures to be posted to make other boat owners aware that this could happen again to anyone else. We hope that others will learn from our mistakes. The clean up was very expensive and was done immediately. I’m not sure why people like to bash everyone on this site anonymously on this site. However feel free to say something to my face anytime!

    I realize that for many long time boat owners this was a no brainer. This was a lesson learned for me and for others I’m sure.

    • Tony Montana

      I have Noticed that some people on this site Get their Rocks off by bashing other people.I think the lesson jou learned was an expensive one and jou did good by cleaning it up. For me jou know that,I come from the gutter. I know that. I got no education… but that’s okay. I know the street, and I’m making all the right connections. With the right woman, there’s no stopping me. I could go right to the top.

    • Anon

      I’m sorry you had to learn such an expensive lesson the hard way.

  • floatsomejetsum

    Bash unintended, I stand corrected. My bad. Commendation on the clean-up.

  • WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching for boat damage