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Discussion in 'Chris Craft Roamer Yacht' started by Jorge Lang, Sep 23, 2014.

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  1. Jorge Lang

    Jorge Lang Senior Member

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    It is a fiberglass hull and has been somewhat stripped and about to be scrapped. The boat is at the Lauderdale Small boat Club if anyone is interested. Engines, and interior is gone, the hull seems solid and windows are there. If anyone is interested, let me know and I'll take some daytime photos. The boat is on a trailer and can disappear at any moment. If you want it I would suggest you move fast.

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  2. NEO56

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    Jorge,
    What are you...nuts? Get the boat and tow it out to "secret" place in 200 feet of water preferably at night, sink it with the GPS coordinates, and Poof! You've got your own secret artificial reef...guaranteed to hold snapper, Grouper, Yellowtail etc. Just think, you're own private reef to go out and get dinner any time you want! Although you'd probably have to put some additional ballast in her to make her sink fast, so you have an accurate GPS number.
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    I wonder how many laws (federal, state, and local) that would break, irrespective of how harmful to the marine environment it would be without properly preparing the boat. I can see why you would advise secrecy, and operating (literally) in the dark of night.

    Based on your posting history, I suspect you will respond with an "I was just joking" disclaimer, but you know you weren't. You thought it through enough to offer specific advice on how to make it work better, and when to do it.

    The mere suggestion of such an action, especially in print in a widely read forum, is both irresponsible and offensive.

    To the original poster: PLEASE do not take this idea and run with it. Just as a start, the boat would have to have ALL the fluids removed (fuel, oil, lubricants, preservatives, chemicals, holding tanks, paints and other coatings, etc.) to avoid potentially poisoning more aquatic life than you could harvest. Decommissioning (from an environmental standpoint) a hull before it is sunk as a reef is quite an involved process, involving time, planning, and money. You might actually be able to refit the boat with fewer resources and hassle (much of which would be government paperwork) than it would take to legally sink it as a reef.
  4. Jorge Lang

    Jorge Lang Senior Member

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    The only reason I posted this thread was to see if anyone was interested in keeping this boat from being scrapped. In my years on Yacht Forums, I have seen that this is a boat that a lot of people love. I have no plans on making my own reef. There are plenty of fish and lobsters very near Port Everglades for me to go after. This has been a bountiful summer without the need of having my own wreck. Looking forward to boating and fishing now and in the winter.
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    Please post photos
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    Like they say ... "No good deed goes unpunished."
  7. NEO56

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    It would be fool hardy not to remove the gas tank (if there is still one) along with any holding tanks, and I doubt that you wouldn't have to jump through too many hoops with the Fed's to get permits, especially if you contacted the people who build artificial reefs on the East Coast of Florida. They probably have blanket permits to do such. We used to make our own FAD's, but those were simpler times. But seeing how we are under socialist rule in this country...you could be right.
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    Itz really a Commander 31...

    ..., and they care:
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    Post it there.
    -E