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Old 02-25-2020, 11:39 AM   #1
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Default Beware driftboats for sale after a windstorm......

Sunday evening a tree in my front yard came down and "nicked" my Clack.

I had it up on its "kickstand", and the tree crushed the tongue and blew out the kickstand. It just brushed the bow and will leave a constant reminder of how close it came to turning my boat into dust.

Wonder if the motto should be FEAR NO TREE..............


The maple blocked my driveway and both lanes of the road out front. Fire responded within 5 minutes and the county about 30 after that. Both lanes were clear before dark and they cut a trail so I could get out of my driveway. I'm off to buy a chainsaw.

I know, I know.... How can I live in the woods and not own a chain saw. ??????

I was told not to buy one by those that loved me. I would remove vital body parts that were needed to fly the jet.
Chain saws stuff was left to professionals.............


A hearty shout out to Griffin Fire Department on SteamBoat Island Road here in Oly. They have served us well and continue to do so. Taxes well spent. They were quick to respond a few years back when I set my woods on fire. ( don't ask )

Off I go to Lowes








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I think I can bend it back and still use it.


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Jake at Clack is looking for a new trailer for me.


Anyone want to buy a Clack with a little "road rash"???




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This is the offending "branch" that brushed back the Clack.....

That title tiny tree is holding up the branch . The county has been informed. If it goes, the road will be impacted again.





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The maple came from the group on the right of the driveway. As you can see, the maple on the left got wiped out too. It actually hit the boat on its way down. I was planning on taking theses trees out this summer but looks like mother nature needed them gone sooner. They have about a 50 year life span. They are all rotten. Branches are always littering my driveway.

yeah, no leaf blowing this fall..............................


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DAAAAAAMN, dude. That WAS a close call. It's a drift boat. Tis but a scratch. Another scar to talk about later on. I'd say it's still a towable trailer. You just gotta jack that truck up about 3 feet higher!

Glad you all were not hurt.
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How much for the trailer? I can fix it.
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Wow, you've got yourself a little project there. I wouldn't waste my time dealing with the clowns at Lowes. You might be able to find a decent saw, but if you ever need any service, forget it. You're not that far from Service Saw in Chehalis right off exit 179. They sell quality stuff and definitely know what they're doing if you need service or even just a chain sharpened. Good luck!
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How much for the trailer? I can fix it.
I'm going to talk to Capital Industrial here in Oly. I'll see if they can fix it. I'm thinking a cut and sleeve type fix. If I chicken out and get a new one, I'll call ya......

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That tree leaning over your drive looks awful suspect in the bottom pic.
Buy the saw, and some safety chaps.
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Do not go to lowes and buy a chainsaw, get a stihl , I have had my farm boss for 25 years and never done a thing to it, starts on every pull. all of my landscaping tools are stihl with the exception of my honda lawn mower. looks like the boat as more then just a scratch look at the bow if you haven't noticed already. it's totaled I think you need a new one.


Btw, what are you doing parking those works of art outside for anyway ??

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Tractor Supply Store. Husqvarna 450.


Ray, you're right. I should get a new drift boat................
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Do not go to lowes and buy a chainsaw, get a stihl , I have had my farm boss for 25 years and never done a thing to it, starts on every pull. all of my landscaping tools are stihl with the exception of my honda lawn mower. looks like the boat as more then just a scratch look at the bow if you haven't noticed already. it's totaled I think you need a new one.


Btw, what are you doing parking those works of art outside for anyway ??


I bought a chainsaw from lowes. It’s a pain in the ass to keep it running. I hate using it. I start cussing before I even reach the case it lives in.


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My saw is a stihl 362 pro. I highly recommend it, I think it would cut up fish nicely also! Goodluck with the trailer and new boat...
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That is lucky!
Bummer about the trailer, though.
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Do not go to lowes and buy a chainsaw, get a stihl , I have had my farm boss for 25 years and never done a thing to it, starts on every pull. all of my landscaping tools are stihl with the exception of my honda lawn mower. looks like the boat as more then just a scratch look at the bow if you haven't noticed already. it's totaled I think you need a new one.


Btw, what are you doing parking those works of art outside for anyway ??
Same here. All my saws and yard equipment is Stihl. Never had a lick of problems.
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That boat looks totaled. Insurance should buy you a new one and I'll take that off your hands "as is" for say... $50????

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Ray, the garage isn't as big as it looks and the sled is in there!!

It takes up 2 bays and the third one is where the raft usually goes. The drift boat and the Hewes are just left out................. The Hewes is gonna get a pole barn soon.
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My saw is a stihl 362 pro. I highly recommend it, I think it would cut up fish nicely also! Goodluck with the trailer and new boat...

Oh, I'm keeping the Clack. The guys are just giving me grief...........
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The new Stihls are the best. They have a new e z start feature that makes them a piece of cake to start.
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Stihl ranch boss again. Great saw.
The old Husky's were perty good back in the day though.
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I’m glad the house, the Hewes and you’re okay.

We have lots of trees too, and they do come down.

My trailer has a crick in its neck... somebody forgot it was back there and the big Dodge bent it. It tows fine, only 1 out of 10 people notice it.

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My saw is a stihl 362 pro. I highly recommend it, I think it would cut up fish nicely also! Goodluck with the trailer and new boat...
Not cheap, but you get what you pay for. Killer saw, especially with a 20" bar.
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Just a beauty mark on the boat.



I love trees and it's a shame when they need to come down but there always comes a day. The one in our front yard was starting to cost us money with big limbs coming down and squashing stuff.


Farm Boss is a great saw. The 362 probably is too.
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Now is the time to redo your trailer, so it has a tilt tongue. I did that with my old Alumaweld trailer and it was awesome for washing boat while hooked to vehicle. If you are looking to sell it, I would be interested.
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Take you heart meds before the tree guy gives you an estimate...
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I got an electric last time. Works great for the little I have to saw over the years. Probably 15 years since I started the gas saw. Wore out one electric. Last cost $100 and attaches to a pole for tree trimming.
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That will buff right out.
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Take you heart meds before the tree guy gives you an estimate...

$5,000 by Dead or Alive tree service. 4 large maples. chunked up and chipped. Leaving the trunks for a friend to round out for firewood. I'll probably wait a few months and save my pennies. I need to buy a new trailer and some other yard tasks. I'm not MADE of money..............
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That will buff right out.


Think I'll leave the boat, as is. It will make for great conversation.
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$5,000 by Dead or Alive tree service. 4 large maples. chunked up and chipped. Leaving the trunks for a friend to round out for firewood. I'll probably wait a few months and save my pennies. I need to buy a new trailer and some other yard tasks. I'm not MADE of money..............
Shoot, if I had yer money, I could burn mine. It'd be a small fire that lasted about 30 seconds, but hey....

In all seriousness, the price isn't terrible that you were quoted. Will they grind out the stumps for that price or do you have to deal with that?
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Shoot, if I had yer money, I could burn mine. It'd be a small fire that lasted about 30 seconds, but hey....

In all seriousness, the price isn't terrible that you were quoted. Will they grind out the stumps for that price or do you have to deal with that?

They are maples. Not a huge stump. They are crazy tall though.
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Think I'll leave the boat, as is. It will make for great conversation.
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I thought that boat had a lifetime hull warranty to the original owner? At least you weren't in the boat when the tree fell. A friend of mine had a huge fork of a tree almost hit his boat years ago while fishing the Kalama.
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I thought that boat had a lifetime hull warranty to the original owner? At least you weren't in the boat when the tree fell. A friend of mine had a huge fork of a tree almost hit his boat years ago while fishing the Kalama.
I was fishing the Bogachiel yeas ago, in a windstorm. While sitting in the ice box hole, I watched a tree come off the cliff and fall to the rocks below. It exploded like a bomb. I was about 50 yards away and had a great view. Close enough for me. I have seen several trees fall in my back yard. Living in the woods has its drawbacks...........
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I feel your pain... We live in a wooded area and have had multiple trees come down around us; still need to get my front gutter/eave fixed where it got clipped by the tip of a fir that came down from across the street. Another one from same snowstorm just barely missed my daughter's car (got brushed by several smaller branches, but the trunk cleared the car's trunk by about a foot). Not so lucky when one came down and tagged the opposite rear corner of our house; fortunately the patio cover took most of the impact so the roof only had a few shingles tore up from the pointy ends of the broken branches, and insurance paid for the repair/re-build.

Can't even recall anymore how much I've paid for preventive tree removals over the years. Never $5K at once (ouch! I'd remember that), but I'm sure I'm well past that across several jobs ~ $1500 here & $2000 there adds up mighty fast...
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I have 38 oak and maple trees on my property couple of years ago we had an ice storm, we were listening to all the trees around us just explode, then it happened a 18 inch maple fell over on our roof and slid off, we have a very steep 12.12 pitch.
it sounded like the world was coming to an end our daughter was in her bedroom and all I could think about was her being pinned underneath the mess when we all met up in the hall way it was quite a relief. thought for sure it wiped out the master bathroom but it was still in tact. the tree hit our house so hard that it rotated the toilet and 3 inches never seen anything like it. I walked outside and saw huge holes in the roof fascia boards all torn off, what a mess.

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