Boat Salvage Buoy Chain Replacement

Lake Tahoe B.J.’S Barge Service is your Lake Tahoe buoy and boat salvage business. We do annual inspections, Chain Replacements, Buoy Float Replacements, New Mooring Installations, Custom Mooring Lines, Buoy Field Realigning, Lake Water Pumps and Boat Salvage. B.J.’S Barge Service has been serving Lake Tahoe for nearly 40 years.

Buoy Chain Replacement

Buoy Chain Replacement

Always check your boat to make sure it is mechanically sound or get a qualified boat mechanic to do it for you at the beginning of the boating season. Have PFD’s (Personal Flotation Device), fire extinguisher, and docking lines on board, have a VHF radio and/or mobile phone for emergencies. Make sure that your boat insurance is up to date.

Before you launch your boat and deliver it to your buoy make sure to call B.J.’S Barge Service and have your buoy inspected so you can enjoy the boating season at Lake Tahoe. No other lake can compare to Lake Tahoe for beauty and clear water. You may think all is good when you hook up to your buoy but when you look down at you’re mooring chain you are only seeing what is near the surface. Most of the wear happens at the bottom where the chain has been moving across the sand and rocks all year everyday all day long.

So call B.J.’S Barge Service for all your mooring buoy needs. We have the most experience and knowledge on Lake Tahoe to give you an expert opinion.

Lake Tahoe is great fun, waterskiing, wake boarding, a boat picnic and for fishing. Exploring its magnificent shoreline and viewing the majestic mountains surrounding the lake does not get any better.

Why Get an Annual Mooring Inspection?

Buoy Chain Replacement

Buoy Chain Replacement

An inspection involves checking the chain for excessive wear, compromised integrity, corrosion, worn shackles, worn block lifting eye, making sure safety wire is secure, water logged floats, prop marked floats, and rectify wrapped chains. Buoy inspections and a quality mooring line help to insure that your vessel will stay on the boat mooring. Don’t wake up to a missing boat that has broken away and sunk and now needs to be salvaged, worse it may have damaged other vessels after it broke away.

Prepare accordingly and have your mooring buoy inspected, remove and replace worn chain if needed, replace water logged or cracked floats with new floats, add anchor weight (buoy block) if needed and always have a good mooring line that is activated securely.


B.J.’S Barge Service recommends inspecting your buoy annually and have a quality made mooring line, “so you can sleep”.


Chain is cheaper than a boat, so don’t gamble make sure you are on our inspection list and call 530-525-5129 or email bjbarge@att.net to confirm that your mooring buoy inspection or buoy work has been completed. We will be happy to be of service to you. Keep your boat and surrounding boats safe.

Being prepared includes your first boat equipment pre check. Have a working VHF radio or mobile phone on board, make sure horn is working, life jackets for all persons and do not forget the kids and infant size PFDs (personal flotation devices) and a throwing flotation device. Fire extinguisher gauge needs to be in the green and have B.J.’S Barge Service inspect your mooring buoy chains. These are some of the equipment checks for your boat.

Buoy Chain Replacement

Buoy Chain Replacement

If you have been boating Lake Tahoe for a while you have seen calm water in the morning and calm water in the afternoon. Then you have seen it go from calm water in the morning to white caps and gale force winds in the afternoon. Being caught in a summer storm on Lake Tahoe can be a frightening experience. Being prepared for boat outings on Lake Tahoe will add more enjoyment to your summer plans.

Lake Tahoe Facts

The Lake Tahoe Basin was formed by geologic block (normal) faulting about 2 to 3 million years ago. A geologic block fault is a fracture in the Earth’s crust causing blocks of land to move up or down. Uplifted blocks created the Carson Range on the East and the Sierra Nevada on the West. Down-dropped blocks created the Lake Tahoe Basin in between. Some of the highest peaks of the Lake Tahoe Basin that formed during this process were Freel Peak at 10,891 ft (3,320 m), Monument Peak at 10,067 ft (3,068 m) (the present Heavenly Valley Ski Area), Pyramid Peak at 9,983 ft (3,043 m) (in the Desolation Wilderness), and Mt. Tallac at 9,735 ft (2,967 m).

Snow, rain, and streams filled the southern and lowest part of the basin, forming the ancestral Lake Tahoe. Modern Lake Tahoe was shaped and landscaped by the scouring glaciers during the Ice Age (the Great Ice Age began a million or more years ago). Many streams flow into Lake Tahoe, but the lake is drained only by the Truckee River, which flows northeast through Reno and into Pyramid Lake in Nevada.

Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the United States and the tenth deepest in the world, with a maximum depth measured at 1,645 ft (501 m), average depth of 1,000 ft (305 m). Crater Lake in Oregon is the deepest lake (1,949 ft or 594 m) in the United States. Please Note that the depth of Lake Tahoe changes every day as the lake level changes.

The deepest measurement from the 1998 bathymetric survey was 1,637 ft (499 m) deep. The depth of Lake Tahoe depends on the height it is measured from; some measurements use sea level as a base reference, others use different points of reference. The appropriate reference, or datum, for Lake Tahoe’s depth is still being debated. Therefore the measured depth of a lake is only preliminary data and may change.

Lake Tahoe is about 22 mi (35 km) long and l2 mi (19 km) wide and has 72 mi (116 km) of shoreline and a surface area of 191 mi2 (495 km2). The floor of the Lake Tahoe Basin is at an elevation of about 4,580 ft (1,396 m), which is lower than the surface of the Carson Valley to the East! With an average surface elevation of 6,225 ft (1,897 m) above sea level, Lake Tahoe is the highest lake of its size in the United States.

The water temperature near the surface generally cools to 40 to 50 degrees F (4.5 to 10 degrees C) during February and March and warms to 65 to 70 degrees F (18 to 21 degrees C) during August and September. Below a depth of 600 to 700 ft (183 to 213 m), the water temperature remains a constant 39 degrees F (4.0 degrees C).

B.J.'s Barge Service A Family Owned and Operated Business Since 1982
bjbarge@att.net
530-525-5129
P.O. BOX 1139
Homewood, California 96141. Our Home Port is Obexer’s Marina.

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