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UPDATED: Work continues today to raise sunken sheriff’s boat

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on July 19, 2011 at 10:46 am with 13 Comments »
July 19, 2011 11:17 am

Crews will be working today to finish raising a Pierce County sheriff’s patrol boat that mysteriously sank at the Narrows Marina on Monday afternoon.

Crews were able to bring The Reliance about three-quarters of the way out of the water Monday, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. They are working on a plan to get it the rest of the way out.

The 32-foot vessel sunk within about 25 minutes Monday.

The boat should be out of the water in a few hours, Troyer said.

Afterward, the boat will be inspected by a marine experts, the insurance company and others to determine what’s next.

“If we can salvage it, we sure will,” Troyer said.

The county spent $260,000 to have The Reliance built in 1994. They spent more than $100,000 since to put in new engines and upgrade the electronics.

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  1. BigSwingingRichard says:

    Any boat owners out there? Does being submerged for a few hours really total a boat?

  2. elmocatt says:

    The problem is all of the saltwater that has totally flooded the engine and controls. The hull (assuming it not cracked) should be fine, it is just all of the moving parts that make the boat move are ruined/will soon be ruined. No point in having a police boat that cannot move.

    Try pouring a ton of salt water on your car’s engine and into the gas tank, the radiator, etc, and see if it will start.

  3. perhaps the little boat was overcome by the weight of lies.

  4. MalcolmRussell says:

    I know boats aren’t cheap, because I’ve owned a few… But is it just me or does $360,000 invested in a 32ft Sheriff boat sound pricey?

  5. Malcolm, those little police doggie boat doors for boats aren’t cheap

  6. LOL, Niceinchnacho

  7. Malcolm,

    Not at all. In fact, for a boat outfitted with the equipment that boat has, that’s very reasonable.

  8. dirtydan54 says:

    If those engines are torn down immediately once removed from the water it’s very likely they can be reassembled if every internal part is rinsed free of the salt water and lubricated. As well as the other drive components.

    I’ve seen marine engines that have been submerged in salt water a short time and flushed with solvents without a teardown and ran again with no harm done to them.

    The critical thing is once the metal hits air again after being submerged, salt water damage begins very quickly. But since it’s public money and cost isn’t an issue I highly doubt this is what will be done.

  9. dirtydan54 says:

    For 360k you’d think it was a floating jail. Not a 32 foot pleasure/work boat. Nice ammenties for a 32 foot boat jeez.

  10. GrandMaster says:

    You can actually spray fresh water on electronic components, then spray some ‘Corrosion X’ on them and they wil be fine. Corrosion X is about 1,000 times better than WD40.

  11. elmerfudd says:

    Nope! You’re all wrong. This boat is obviously unsalvageable and even if it were, it would be cruel to make our public servants ride around in a $360,000 boat that had been submerged.

    We’re gonna need a new boat and that’s that! Big, expensive one too!

  12. tonnibell says:

    Good Lord, why does everyone have such a problem with them trying to restore the boat? They very easily could have said “We’re gonna need a new one”, right outta the gate, at least they are willing to see if it can be salvaged! Our Puget Sound NEEDS our SHERIFF out there, give em a break. It could be YOUR life they save one day :-)

  13. The insurance company will play a major (if not total) role in determining if the refurbishing and final repair of the boat is economically viable. The insurer will consider costs for a repair job only if the total does not exceed the boat’s value and/or it’s replacement cost (depending on the the type of coverage under the policy). Bottom line, the Sheriff’s Dept/Pierce County will have a limited say in whether its repairable or a ‘total’.

    That being said, most likely the engines and out-drives are fine as long as they are ‘pickled’ immediately after being raised from the salt water in order to prevent air exposure from causing corrosion, and something similar with the aluminum hull and other metal components. But, the electronics and upholstery are already toast and any untreated wood is likely gone, too.

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