A Wooden Spear Sticking Out of the Water---What To Do?

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Re: A Wooden Spear Sticking Out of the Water---What To Do?

Postby nick_80044 » Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:46 pm

dealbst wrote:I think I removed the stick. I threw it for a dog. He was very happy :animals-dogrun:


dealbst, thanks for your efforts, but the stick is still there. Actually, it's more like a "post"--I estimate it at 4x4.

I was driving back from the Racetrack yesterday and since the tide was pretty low I decided to venture out and take a look. I could only get to within about 20 feet of it before I was in chest-high water and sinking into the mud--I think my original estimate was off, it's more like 150 feet or so from shore. I snapped some pictures (see below) with my phone. I believe low tide was at 3:30 pm and I was there around 5 pm.

The post doesn't seem to be moving around a whole lot which gives me the impression it's pretty firmly planted in the sand, and not just some piece of junk that floated over there. So far, it looks like removal is going to require a little more than just walking over to it and plucking it out. But some of you probably know a lot more about these operations than I do. Don't know how feasible it would be, but hopefully all this will at least give you a heads-up so you can be cautious when riding in that area.

Here's the approximate location (courtesy of Google maps):

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This is what it looks like from about 20 or 30 feet away. There's probably about four or five feet of it hidden underwater:

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Here's what you see on the shore when you're lined up with the hazard. This is the first large set of trees you'd pass after launching:

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This is approximately where you're lined up in relationship to the Point (actually, the hazard is about 20 feet further out):

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This is to give you an idea of where the tide was when these photos were taken:

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Re: A Wooden Spear Sticking Out of the Water---What To Do?

Postby TomAUSTRIA » Sat Apr 06, 2013 1:24 pm

There are also two nasty metal pipes sticking out near 3rd upper launch. See images here: http://imgur.com/a/9kJXP

I went there yesterday to see if they can be removed, but not really possible without tools. There was also a wooden post sticking out a few feet away from the metal pipes. This one was easy to pull out. I put it next to the metal pipes for now so that the location is at least marked and visible on medium high tide.
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Re: A Wooden Spear Sticking Out of the Water---What To Do?

Postby nick_80044 » Sat Apr 06, 2013 2:10 pm

TomAUSTRIA wrote:There are also two nasty metal pipes sticking out near 3rd upper launch. See images here: http://imgur.com/a/9kJXP

I went there yesterday to see if they can be removed, but not really possible without tools. There was also a wooden post sticking out a few feet away from the metal pipes. This one was easy to pull out. I put it next to the metal pipes for now so that the location is at least marked and visible on medium high tide.


That's some nasty stuff. How does an engine block wind up in the Bay, I wonder? At least it's all accessible at low tide so it can be dealt with.
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Re: A Wooden Spear Sticking Out of the Water---What To Do?

Postby AJr » Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:57 pm

Thanks for the pictures!! What about marking it with a small buoy?
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Re: A Wooden Spear Sticking Out of the Water---What To Do?

Postby dealbst » Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:44 pm

Yea, great visuals! Dumb question...How do you post pictures on this site? I see the "Img" button in the tool bar, but it doesn't give me a browse button to search my files... :think:
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Re: A Wooden Spear Sticking Out of the Water---What To Do?

Postby OliverG » Sat Apr 06, 2013 7:21 pm

TomAUSTRIA wrote:There are also two nasty metal pipes sticking out near 3rd upper launch. See images here: http://imgur.com/a/9kJXP

I went there yesterday to see if they can be removed, but not really possible without tools. There was also a wooden post sticking out a few feet away from the metal pipes. This one was easy to pull out. I put it next to the metal pipes for now so that the location is at least marked and visible on medium high tide.


Cordless sawzall with the right blade will take down those pipes in a couple minutes.
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Re: A Wooden Spear Sticking Out of the Water---What To Do?

Postby OliverG » Sat Apr 06, 2013 7:25 pm

The post at Berkeley is probably best handled by going out in a wetsuit on the lowest tide with a good handsaw like this one and grabbing hold of it with your left hand and reaching as far down as you can while still being able to efficiently saw and sawing it off...if it's a 4x4 it won't take long. Wash saw off in fresh water after use.

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Re: A Wooden Spear Sticking Out of the Water---What To Do?

Postby CdoG » Sat Apr 06, 2013 7:25 pm

you gonna donate your cordless for that ollie?
just tie a line on it and LooP it out ,it hasnt been there long
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Re: A Wooden Spear Sticking Out of the Water---What To Do?

Postby OliverG » Sat Apr 06, 2013 7:26 pm

dealbst wrote:Yea, great visuals! Dumb question...How do you post pictures on this site? I see the "Img" button in the tool bar, but it doesn't give me a browse button to search my files... :think:


Look a little farther down when posting and use the 'Upload Attachment" button, navigate to your pic and upload....
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Re: A Wooden Spear Sticking Out of the Water---What To Do?

Postby OliverG » Sat Apr 06, 2013 7:28 pm

CdoG wrote:you gonna donate your cordless for that ollie?
just tie a line on it and LooP it out ,it hasnt been there long


Sure, I have one, I'd need to get it to someone who'll go out at low tide and cut them...
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