We were floating the upper canyon on the Kenai last weekend (Sunday), and came across an 18' Klacka Craft with a Honda 9.9 completely submerged and just 2' of the bow sticking out of the water. We beached on the sand bar in front of it an managed to wiggle the boat free into the current and got it situated where we could bilge it out with a cooler. It was covered in algea so we figure it had been there a while. In fact one of the guys we were with had floated the same stretch 2 weeks prior and said they saw it then but only a couple inches of the bow was exposed. Anyway, to make a long story short, the boat was full of gear, rods, camcorder, camera, etc. Luckily we found the registration with the owners name and address. We towed it to the Skilak campground for them to come pick it up, which they did yesterday.
Apparently, 3 young guys got the bow caught on a fallen tree and the current grabbed the stern and motor and pulled it under and that was all she wrote. They spent the nite on the sand bar and caught a ride out the next day when someone finally floated by. Needless to say, they we appreciative. Can't say I would have let so much time go by before I would have tried to retreive it though.
Anyway, the real point of my thread is, the people at AMDS told the guy that his brand new 9.9 is completely wasted. I find that hard to believe. Anyone here salvage a small outboard before? If submerged for 3 weeks, are they toast?