Blow out tide!

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  1. blaster

    blaster Active Member

    May 23, 2011
    potomac river
    2010 sea ray 205 sport
    F150 5.4 xlt 4x4
    Mercruiser 4.3 mpi alpha 1.62
  2. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    A buddy of mine sent me some pictures of his boat in NC sitting on mud.......

    I was shocked.

    Hope all is well........ can't wait to see the water return.
     
  3. hottoddie

    hottoddie Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2012
    Boston/Cape Cod
    1986 Sea Ray 390 Express
    Garmin 4212 Chartplotter
    Garmin 24 HD Radar
    Garmin GSD 22 Sounder
    Garm
    454 Crusaders
    Keep this in mind when the global warmers point to the high flood tides as a result of global warming. Show them these pics and tell them the oceans are receding :D
     
  4. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Great time to find those keys and sunglasses that were dropped!

    I guess you have to hope there isn't a massive bolder directly beneath your running gear when the boat starts to settle onto the ground? And what about your thru-hulls? I'd be hesitant to turn the key on anything for fear of 3" of packed mud being inside all of my thru-hulls? Very interesting situation...
     
  5. Jaybeaux

    Jaybeaux Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    291
    Jan 3, 2016
    Upper Potomac River
    420 Sundancer 2004
    Naught On Call
    Cummins 6CTA-8.3's with V-Drives
    9KW Onan Genset
    I had a buddy put extra lines on my boat in preparation for "Riley". The joke was even if all the lines broke, the boat wouldn't go far!

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  6. Jaybeaux

    Jaybeaux Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    291
    Jan 3, 2016
    Upper Potomac River
    420 Sundancer 2004
    Naught On Call
    Cummins 6CTA-8.3's with V-Drives
    9KW Onan Genset
    I was joking with my dock neighbors that I got "put on the hard" for free! Another common joke was "how much is a slip WITH water?"

    The bottom here is very soft mud, and the boat settles very slowly. The old salts around the marina are telling me there is nothing to worry about. The only way to really know if there is any running gear damage is this spring. Such is life.

    My plan for spring startup, after the water returns off course, is to use my shop-vac and Sea Flush to blow back through my through hull to ensure that there isn't a clog. I'll also flush some water up through the strainer into the bilge to wash away any mud.

    Anything else I should consider?

    Jaybeaux
     
  7. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    We’ve got just the opposite happening here on the south shore of Long Island. Streets down by my dock property have been flooded for days.
     
  8. Jeff h

    Jeff h Member

    36
    Sep 17, 2017
    2017 Sea Ray SPX 210
    4.5 merc, Alpha drive
    Meanwhile in Ohio........

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    How do I send you some of our water?

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  9. SCORPIO

    SCORPIO Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 7, 2008
    Delaware
    1989 300 DA
    Twin 5.7 Merc Alpha I
    For all you guys in the mud, be very attentive when the water comes back in. We lost and iconic charter boat in January when a blow out tide caused the boats to settle in the mud. When the tide finally came back in, the boat didn't break the suction of the mud and water came in through the scuppers and down flooded her and she sank at the dock, total loss. I'd want to be present when the tide is expected to come in to see if I could do anything to help prevent a swamping.
    Also, anybody worried about bent shafts or rudders after sitting in the mud?
     
  10. Jaybeaux

    Jaybeaux Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    291
    Jan 3, 2016
    Upper Potomac River
    420 Sundancer 2004
    Naught On Call
    Cummins 6CTA-8.3's with V-Drives
    9KW Onan Genset
    Scorpio....regarding bent shafts and rudders.....heck yes I'm worried. The Admiral even more so. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about it at the moment. I've been in the bilge and there are no leaks around the rudder shafts or shaft logs. I guess the real proof will be when I start things up in a week or three and actually get to run the boat.

    I take solace in the fact that the blow out tide didn't last that long, and the mud didn't have an opportunity to dry out and "set", so to speak. The water was back the next morning.

    I will take a few extra steps at spring commissioning. I plan to use the shopvac and my Sea Flush attachment to blow back through the through-hull to be sure that it is free of mud. Any other recommendations are appreciated.

    Jaybeaux
     
  11. PlayDate

    PlayDate Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Dec 25, 2006
    Washington DC
    1994 370 Express Cruiser
    454 Mercruisers
    I thought we had one of these 3-4 years ago which put the boats into the mud. Same thing at Fort Washington on Sunday.....nothing but mud. It is distressing to look at but allegedly harmless to the boat. The stuff is like quicksand....you can't walk on it.
     
  12. importmonkey

    importmonkey Opinionated Member

    903
    Jul 9, 2015
    Middle River, MD
    2007 44 Sundancer
    QSC 500s
    I'd give Carlton hell...afterall, you're paying for FLOATING docks.

    Could always put on the ole waders and give 'er a good wax job while you have easy access to the port side.
     
  13. Captain Allen

    Captain Allen Member

    332
    Feb 2, 2009
    Coastal North Carolina
    370 EC 1994
    454 Mercruisers, straight drives
    We had the same thing in Eastern N.C. and it happens every few years. The river bottom is pretty much muck, so the prop and other running gear usually just settles in and is undamaged. I do make a point to NOT run the engines or A/C until the water has returned for a while, to give the intakes time to clear up.
     
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  14. blaster

    blaster Active Member

    May 23, 2011
    potomac river
    2010 sea ray 205 sport
    F150 5.4 xlt 4x4
    Mercruiser 4.3 mpi alpha 1.62
    Yes, I've seen it before but never to this extreme. That wind was something else. My friend with the roofing company has enough work for the next two months!
     
  15. M Prod

    M Prod Active Member SILVER Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    471
    Oct 6, 2017
    North Vancouver, BC
    2005 Sundancer 340
    Aquapro Dinghy w/ Honda 8hp
    Kohler 5KW Genny
    Raymarine Electronics
    8.1 Horizons /V Drives
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  16. thosmann1

    thosmann1 Member

    89
    Jan 19, 2009
    Key west Florida
    500 Searay Sundancer
    Cummins QSM11's
    Last year We also had a blow out tide in Naples, Fl. I figured it was coming, prior to the low tide I turned “off” all AC units. This prevented the mud from clogging the strainers and doing damage to the pump.

    The water depth is usually only 4 feet below the props at high tide and 2 feet at low tide. I suspected it was was going to happen. No damage whatsoever to running gear because it’s a very muddy bottom.

    Bow Tie
     
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