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    Default Boat recovery tools?

    Just seeing what everyone is using to recover their boats off sand bars and such while running rivers?

    Has anyone used a parachute? If so what size worked best? How large of a boat did you use it on?

    Anyone have winches mounted on boats or use a multi mount winch system?

    Chainsaw winches?

    Any other ideas out there?

    Rob

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    I was looking at various chainsaw powered winches; the capstan and roller type. Decided to try and be more careful than carry around a 40 pound tool. I know, I know, when I get stuck I'll kick myself. Some guys on the Yukon use a high-thrust motor mounted such they can direct the water flow back under the boat and literally excavate the sand/gravel from under their boat.

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    Default Been stuck a few times

    Perfecting my tools. I carry a couple of 2 X 4's to use as pry bars. Have a 3,000 lb Warn winch mounted on the front, that along with a snatch block should get me out of most problems. Carry a handy man jack to lift the back end. Carry a 6' drift sock from Overtons. 300 feet of Blue Steel rope, 5000 lb. Great stuff, doesn't store energy, no whip lash if it breaks and it floats. Strange thing too, since I got all this stuff I haven't been stuck.

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    Hey Rob. Do a parachute search in this section and you'll find another good thread. Including some info on using modified truck tubes and also small plastic pipes. Good stuff.

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    Richard,

    For once I did not do a proper search on this subject before posting.

    Still wondering what size parachute to get there are a lot of different sizes out there. I don't see the need for a full size one.

    Like the idea of the pvc pipes but not sure they will hold up with the weight of my boat on them, thinking a few trees will do the same and hold up better.

    Like the idea of the chainsaw winches but I still don't own a chainsaw. I do have a WARN 6,000lb multi mount winch I might just try fitting a receiver to my boat for.

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    Default rescue tools

    Carry a hand saw to cut alders to put under boat if I get stuck. When alders get wet, they are slick, and they work pretty well as pry bars too!! Appropriate hand saw about 2lbs.

    I have a parachute, i think it is about 7 feet, got it off ebay, $30 weighs about 3lbs.

    Went to AIH and got a rope winch that fits my anchor rope. Think I paid about $50 for it New, it weights about 10lbs i think.
    When I went looking for anchor rope, I found it was WAY cheaper to just buy the whole spool, so I think i have 600'. This is a little bulky and definetly adds some weight, but if I get stuck, and can't tie off to something within 600' I really screwed up!!!

    Don't forget to haved the appropriate first aid kit on board, and a good survival kit too. I always have 2 gals of fresh water, and an abundance of bandaids with me no matter where I go.

    By the way, the wife put on the float coat this weekend cause she got wet in the rain, needless to say, I will be getting another one for her as she loved the thing. Kept her warm and dry, and it was a life preserver!!

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    When I bought our boat I bought the wife a float coat on the way home. lol. They are absolutely the way to go, especially when you want to make sure your spouse is comfortable.

    Did you get the 1/2" rope-a-long?

    How much did you end up paying for your rope, did you get nylon, what size?
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    Default rope comealong

    I was thinking of throwing in a rope comealong. I don't have the problem that it sounds like you guys have though. The boat I am running (sportjon 2006) can be man handled and freed by two guys. Having a rope comealong and a metal stake to drive into the ground would be a good idea for me though. I like the idea of the pvc pice also.

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    A case of beer will entice passing boaters to stop and help. If you don't get stuck you get to enjoy a little bonus for your superior driving skills.

    If you're a particularly bad boat driver and anticipate getting REALLY stuck? Take two cases!

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    I like your way of thinking Mr. Pid!

    bgreen I have been eyeballing those float coats and they look like a great idea. Think I am going to pick up a couple for my wife and I. I am sure the kids will want their own after they try them out. Man this boat stuff just keeps adding up!

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