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Old 08-07-2005, 01:03 PM
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i plan on using a friends 115hp o/b powered runabout to open the mouth of our canal enough so i can get my 35ft cig in there. then use the cig to blow the rest of the sand/muck out. any tips?

was also wondering how hard i can run my motors on a large garden hose so im not sucking sand water into the motors during the dreging operation. i have 70lbs of water pressure at my house, so i would think i could turn 3500 or 4000 rpms using a large diameter hose to get some volume with the high pressure. any thoughts on the water issue? thx, ratman
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Old 08-07-2005, 01:12 PM
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then use the cig to blow the rest of the sand/muck out. any tips?

was also wondering how hard i can run my motors on a large garden hose so im not sucking sand water into the motors during the dreging operation.
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Old 08-07-2005, 02:20 PM
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Ha ha! If this is not a joke post, the first storm will shift the sand around and frustrate your efforts.
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no joke bro! the mouth of my canal has closed up a bit and i intend to use prop wash to move the soft sand/silt outa there. my father and i used his 18 ft 270hp donzi to erode the shore line 12 ft wide and 30 +ft long in about 4 - 5 hours it was 7ft deep. when we started it was 2 foot above sea level. my canal should be easy as the sea walls will help direct the prop was and the canal opens into the the bay. the are a lot of trees and davits and such to tie the boat to along the sides of the canal. i bought 600ft of 1" nylon rope to run 4 lines of the stern of my cig to trees etc. i am gonna tie off two the to big U bolts on the transom and the two rear cleats on the deck.
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Looks like you will be doing a alot of panhandleing.
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Old 08-07-2005, 02:40 PM
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Find you someone with a jet boat.
BTW, won't you just be moving the silt around piling it up at the end of the prop wash?
Take pictures .
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dont know anyone with a hi po jet boat, i used to have one it had 100ft + roost. i figure my cig oughta move a lotta silt. it is ok if it washes out in the bay its plenty deep beyond the mouth of my canal. i thought if i have to i'll buy a pair of large danforth snow plow anchors to tie off to and open up the mouth next if its needed.
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Dont let any tree huggers catch you. The fine would be huge.

In galveston by my beach house a developer filled in a small pond, came to find out it was the only fresh water lake on the island. He had to rebuild the pond, pay and pay a multimillione dollar fine.

Im sure people on here can tell you horror stories about the sea grass in florida.

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i'll shoot some video and get before and after pics
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Go back and forth with an old metel box spring.
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