What to do with that boat hanging in your (dry) boat dock?
Tim Green may have the solution.
With his boat removal service at Tim’s Marine, Green has rescued 23 boats left hanging over dry ground as Lake Granbury continues to recede.
RAIN NEVER CAME
Danny Reynolds wasn’t too worried when he left his 24-ft. Regal in the dock last season. The family was able to use the boat part of last year before the lake got too low.
“I didn’t put it on the trailer last season, because I thought we’d get some rain in the winter and the lake would fill up – like it did the year before,” Reynolds said.
The Reynolds family even planned to take the boat on vacation to Table Rock Lake in the Ozark Mountains. The family’s vacation in boating paradise took place last month – without the boat.
Reynolds has owned the main body waterfront property in Ports O’ Call since 2000. “We’ve had low water before, but never like the last two years,” he said.
With a track and trailer system, Tim’s Marine has been in the boat rescue business for the past couple of months.
The system is transported on a pontoon boat to the dock location. It can be used for a variety of boats including inboard ski boats, inboard/outboard runabouts and even with pontoon boats.
“A 24-, 25-ft. boat is about the max,” Green said.
Green has a cradle with two axles that is placed on dry ground under the boat. The boat is lowered onto the cradle. In some cases, the cables holding the boat need to be lengthened with chains or additional cable to allow the boat to reach the cradle.
Bare wheels on the cradle system roll on a wooden “track” system. Due to the length of each “track,” the weight is distributed and the cradle doesn’t sink into any soft or mucky spots.
Green, however, has hit a mushy spot – sinking almost waist-deep. “I’ve lost a shoe trying to get out of that muck,” he said with a grin.
Once the boat is on the cradle, it’s a matter of brut force to push and pull it across dry land out to the water. Once the boat is floating, owners can pull it out at Rough Creek Ramp or City Beach Ramp – the only ramps still open on Granbury.
“It takes three guys and about half a day to complete the process,” Green said. “It’s very labor intensive.”
Before committing to a boat removal, Green first must visit the site to see if it’s feasible. Most removals run around $1,000. After the boats are rescued, Green said owners are keeping their crafts trailered, or getting space in the few boat slip rentals still afloat on Lake Granbury.
After returning from vacation, Reynolds learned of the watercraft removal service, and the family boat was rescued.
Since having the boat removed from his dock at Granbury a couple of weeks ago, Reynolds said the family has been boating at Lake Grapevine.
“It’s down more than 6 feet, but it’s a deeper lake. And the ramps were built to handle a fluctuating lake level,” Reynolds noted.“We hope to get our boat back on Granbury at some point. But I’m not too optimistic.”
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