We Take a Peek Underneath
(Say, does this sling make my boat look
2008 Before we finalized the purchase, we
had the boat pulled from the water to see if there were any evils lurking underneath.
Because Georgia had been in a severe draught for the past three
years, this was not as simple as it might sound--the water was
down nearly 18 feet and getting a boat of this
size out of the lake was a real challenge. A
nearby lift would usually be the method of
choice but there was no water under it
(literally, there was
Fortunately, one of the last three usable ramps on the lake was in
our marina and there was just barely enough water there for us to
use it--our marina
had recently extended the ramp about twenty feet or we'd have been totally out of
We hired a semi truck
with a huge trailer and retained the services of Martha the Marine
Surveyor, and so on a blisteringly hot day in mid August we finally
got to inspect her bottom (the boat's bottom, not Martha's).
How bad is the draught, you ask?
Here's a photo to
give you an idea--see the black structure lying
on the ground on the left? That's our
marina's guest dock where visiting boaters tie
up when they come drink your beer and eat
your food. This draught is bad.