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I know how Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs gets those 25-foot hand-made sailboats out of his basement!
Okay I really don't know, but it would be fun to speculate.
For the longest time I held the belief these boats were just torn apart and rebuilt a bit differently. In the episode "Tribes", FBI agent Langer asks if Gibbs is still working on the same boat. Gibbs tells him he had finished twice and was on number three. Seemed logical he was just rebuilding them again and again.
However, this idea hit a snag. The wood is planed, the boards curved, sanded and varnished. I suppose if Gibbs took the thing apart he could rebuild the same boat. But he's seen sanding so often. There goes my reusable boat theory.
What if after building a boat, he simply tore it apart and used the wood for winter heating?
Yeah. He could take all the nails out and cut up the boards. He then burns them in a furnace or fireplace. It would work if not for the sealant and finish. That may lead to a much bigger fire than intended. I imagine it wouldn't be the kind of smoke you'd want to inhale either. Cross off that thought.
Wait! He did tell late NCIS Director Jenny Shepard he had burned the Diane. Since Diane was a former wife maybe he meant it meant it as a euphemism?
This is a real mystery. I don't know about Gibbs' home but most basements are underground. I assume that's the norm. However my basement in Oregon was built beneath a home on tiered land. You could go downstairs into our basement and through a door into our back yard. Ha! Now we are getting someplace.
Except the door to our yard was regular-sized. I didn't notice a door in Gibbs' basement except for the one upstairs leading into the home. Let me know if I am wrong but I also didn't notice any windows. Darn it.
In "Honor Code" six-year-old Zach suggested Gibbs knocks down a wall and uses a ramp to get the boat out.
'That would be one way,' Gibbs said.
Taking down a wall would be the same as 'breaking the bottle', which is what he told Agent Tim McGee.
So can I go back and speculate about the entire basement not being underground? But knocking down a wall doesn't seem likely - or cost-effective. Thank you Gibbs, that was maddeningly unhelpful.
So my final supposition is this...
He takes it apart board by board. He then carries it up the stairs through his house and reassembles it in the backyard. See? That was easy to figure out.
Now, how does he get the lumber delivered down there? And where does he put it?