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taylormade 06-19-2006 10:31 AM

I live on a canal that's about 150 yards long and about 30' wide. We're going through a drought right now and the canal has become unnavigable for most people on it. We've been getting a LOT of rain this past week and the canal is back to being SOMEWHAT navigable but I'd like to clean out some of the vegetation and silt. Prop wash has done a remarkable job for the most part but we still have a lot of vegetation that needs to taken care of and there's some muck (silt) that's nasty. Does anyone have any creative ways of dredging? One of my neighbors swears that you can just tie up concrete blocks to the back of the boat and pull them out to the lake.... <BR> <BR>Thanks. <BR>

bocephus 06-19-2006 10:34 AM

The City of Tempe, where I live uses giant Carp!

taylormade 06-19-2006 1:26 PM

Wow, well, I'm not crazy about Carp and even if I were, I'd have to build a gate at the mouth, to make sure that they're trapped in canal. <IMG SRC="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/happy.gif" ALT=":-)" BORDER=0>

spelsh 06-19-2006 9:39 PM

use a small boat and drag a garden rake or 4 through the vegetation. It works well at my uncles cottage. As for the silt.....?

pjdave 06-19-2006 10:34 PM

a good length of chain dragging on th bottom looped from either side of your boat or a two boats, go slow out into the lake and hope not to grab a solid object like a tree stump

team_o 06-20-2006 6:10 AM

I've seen people drag old mattress springs - the ones not covered by fabric - you have to go slow but it really rips the weeds out...

driving 06-20-2006 6:12 AM

you can also use a piece of chain link fence weighted down

taylormade 06-20-2006 6:28 AM

Thanks for the ideas, guys. One of my other neighbors had a thought of "borrowing" an infield chain drag from a local little league field and dragging it behind the boat. I like the chain link fence. These are all great ideas.


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