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    Dragging a large driftwood stump with a ski...

    Not sure if this is a recipe for disaster or not but there is a beautiful 72" round driftwood stump at out local lake that I want to use to make a table base. I can either take 4 friends and attempt to drag it up a large embankment or possible hook a rope to it and slowly drag it approx. 1/2 mile to the ramp and then winch it up onto a utility trailer. The only problem is I am not sure if these types of stumps float.

    Ok, let me hear the comments.

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    Plywood covered raft?

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    sorry, but have you ever watched 'swamp loggers'?

    I dont know if it would float, but I doubt it; and if it did - probably not very well.

    If it did, and you got it 1/2 way there, then it hung up on something in the middle of the river - you just created a hazard that could, potentially, kill someone.

    My suggestion - find some buddies, some beer, and a solid 4x4. drag that bad boy out of the swamp/river and winch it up on the trailer.

    Other wise; you could create a hazard, loose the stump AND your ski.

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    Approximate weight of the stump?

    Perhaps you can roll it off the beach into an old Jon boat and tow it that way?

    Do know anybody with a boom truck that can winch it up from the shore and drop it onto your utility trailer?

    Once you get the stump in the water it may become unwieldy, even if it doesn't fully sink. Tying barrels or other floatation devices to the stump may be possible but it may be difficult to get the rope work trustworthy.

    Towing with a PWC can be done, of course. Run high octane fuel and be very sure the engine is healthy. Towing can create unusual strains since the revs go way up but the hull speed stays slow and the bow angle stays high.

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    Stump probably weighs 300+/- lbs.

    Here is what I am thinking and it keeps the stump from being connected to my ski.

    1. Use my 3 person raft with a 4x8 sheet of .5" plywood on top.
    2. Drag stump up onto plywood/raft.
    3. Slowly tow raft to ramp. (approx. .5 mile)
    4. Back utility trailer down to ramp.
    5. Drag stump up onto trailer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCW View Post
    Stump probably weighs 300+/- lbs.

    ... 3 person raft with a 4x8 sheet of .5" plywood on top.
    2. Drag stump up onto plywood/raft.
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    I am thinking the result may be top heavy and tippy. Might not be stable when under tow as the raft plows against the water.

    If you don't tie the stump and plywood to the raft it might shift during loading or while being towed. If you do tie the stump to the plywood and/or the plywood to the raft, you have now tied the whole thing to your watercraft.
    Last edited by K447; 10-27-2014 at 11:39 PM.

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    Hmmm. I could lay it on the side (as seen in the pic above) so it wouldn't be "as" top heavy. The only other option is screw (2) 2x4's to it and haul it King Tut style up a sharp 60' bank.

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    I'm thinking an old Jon boat or maybe a pontoon...

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    Rope it up and skull drag the f#cker home FULL NOISE! should be a walk in the park for the FZ

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