The sinking houseboat "Six Pack Sally" will be removed from Lake Lanier on Oct. 7.
Photo: Lake Lanier Association
Photo: Lake Lanier Association

Sinking houseboat will be hauled out of Lake Lanier

A sinking houseboat will be removed from Lake Lanier next week.

“Six Pack Sally,” a steel hull houseboat, was allegedly traded for a six pack of beer. But shortly after the new owner docked the boat near Gainesville, it began to sink, according to the Lake Lanier Association.  Sinking houseboats cause a number of risks to the lake, including being a safety hazards for other vessels traveling on the lake and potentially leaching dangerous chemicals and pollutants into the water, said Jennifer Flowers, the association's executive director, said in a press release.

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“Steel hull houseboats have been some of the hardest sinking vessels to tackle over the past five years,” Flowers said. “Buyers need to beware and always have a hull inspection completed prior to purchase whether the boat costs six figures or a six pack.”

The boat will be removed on Oct. 7 in a joint effort between the Lake Lanier Association, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Hall County. The removal is being funded by money reserved by the state for “abandoned and derelict vessels,” plus additional funds from the Hall County government.

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