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BOAT SALVAGE & TOWING

Red Cap Marine has over 40,000 lbs of lift bag capacity (with more available) & has salvaged powerboats & sailboats up to 44' length in Lake Champlain. We have also salvaged vehicles from various lakes & rivers, including ice recovery.

Our 24' 300hp work boat is available for both scheduled non-emergency towing, as well as rapid response 24-hour emergency salvage & tow.

 

We are a towing provider for GEICO/BoatUS, Progressive Insurance, & other insurance services.

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We have several hundred feet of containment boom available to deploy immediately & have worked with the VT Dept of Environmental Conservation on fuel & oil spill management.

Recent salvage/refloat jobs:

2021

  • 24' Cobalt bowrider sunk on a mooring in Shelburne Bay

  • 22' Cobalt bowrider sunk on a mooring in Appletree Bay

  • 34' Silverton Express beached in Cumberland Bay, NY

  • 21' bass boats stuck on Sandbar bridge shallows (4 of 'em & counting)

  • Sea-Doo sunk & pinned under dock, Grand Isle

  • Cal 39 sailboat aground, west shore of Schuyler Island

  • 19' bass boat swamped with hull damage, Grand Isle

  • 25' Chaparral w/ hull damaged by breakwater at McGregor Point, Alburgh

  • 19' Rhodes sailboat sunk in Converse Bay

  • 24' South Bay pontoon boat hard aground in South Hero

  • Cobalt 282, sunk at a marina dock in Keelers Bay

  • 34' Hunter hard aground on Colchester Shoal

  • 18' daysailor swamped/turtled & adrift in Willsboro Bay

  • Polaris Ranger side-by-side, through ice in Isle La Motte

  • 2018 Ram 1500 crew cab pickup, through ice near Malletts Bay Boat Ramp

  • Polaris RZR 1000 side-by-side through ice at Coates Island, Malletts Bay

  • Honda Pioneer 1000 side-by-side through ice, Nelson Pond, Woodbury VT

2020

  • 25' Bayfield sailboat sunk in Inner Malletts Bay

  • 34' Sea Ray hard aground, Outer Malletts Bay

  • 36' Regal Commodore soft grounding, Inner Malletts Bay

  • 18' Prindle turtled & partially sunk, Inner Malletts Bay

  • 37' C&C soft grounding NW of the Outer Malletts Bay Cut

  • 32' Westsail soft grounding SW of the Outer Malletts Bay Cut

  • 28' Albin hard grounding on Allen Point Reef

  • 20' Sport Fisherman capsized & sunk near North Harbor/Mile Point

  • 23' Wellcraft sunk in St. Albans Bay

  • 34' Sea Sprite hard aground in Shelburne Bay

  • 36' Hinckley Picnic Boat soft grounding at Winooski River mouth

  • 32' Catalina hard aground in Shelburne Bay

  • 38' C&C hard aground on Colchester Shoal

  • 21' Four Winns beached on west shore rock ledge, South Hero

  • 24' Sylvan pontoon boat wrecked against cliff near Appletree Point

2019

  • 36' houseboat sunk in Malletts Bay

  • 37' Tartan sailboat aground in Charlotte

  • 31' sailboat hard aground in Isle La Motte

  • 28' Bayliner beached on Colchester Point

  • 27' Pontoon boat, boat lift & dock in North Hero

  • 25' Bayliner sunk in 80' depth near Stave Island

  • 31' Bayliner swamped north of the Grand Isle Ferry

  • 27' O'Day sailboat, aground south of Burlington Harbor

  • 2008 Ford Ranger in Lake Memphremagog, Newport

  • 2010 Chevy Equinox in Missisquoi River, Swanton

  • 24' Hurricane bowrider sunk off South Hero

  • 2001 Dodge Dakota sunk in Orwell, VT

2018

  • 36' Beneteau sloop sunk in Rouses Point

  • 36' Bayliner powerboat hard aground on Allen Pt Reef

  • 36' Gibson houseboat sunk in Malletts Bay

  • 30' Carver powerboat sunk in Otter Creek

  • 44' Bluewater houseboat aground at North Beach

We've also salvaged many smaller boats not listed, & can be somewhat flexible on price if you do not have boaters insurance -- please contact us for rates & details.

Please note that as of May 2018, Vermont passed a law that makes boat owners legally responsible to remove sunken vessels from the water, regardless of whether they are leaking fuel/oil.

Here is a timelapse of a 31' sailboat salvage. We used 10,000 lbs of lift bags to protect the hull & the boat was refloated successfully with no additional damage.