NCIS fan theories of how Gibbs pulls his boat out of the basement: tunnels, hatches, floods and more!

TVLine asked, and you answered. And most of you, seriously!

Following the rather eventful NCIS Season 18 finale, TVLine raised a series of “burning questions” – mostly prompted by, including: How does Gibbs get his handcrafted boats from his basement?

Whether in the comments or, among the particularly motivated, by email, you have responded to us with a wide range of theories. Go through them below and let us know which mining plan you think, in Vinny Gambino’s words, holds up.


Her basement had garage doors and an outside driveway. –Sharon

Gibbs emptied his tools from the cellar, and the rule 91 port wall had allowed the boat to be removed OR the wall in front of the bow leads to a ramp to remove the boat, already on a trailer. -Mike


Considering how he was emptying all the tools, I guess the flooding is somehow involved? –LrdSlvrhnd

Gibbs had his tools upstairs before the boat was pulled. He may have floated. -Bryant


Moving the tools from the basement had to make room for the boat to move. -T

If you remember Gibbs had a bunch of his stuff upstairs when Tim came by. Gibbs gave him a middling response by rearranging the basement. He takes it out to hoist it into the garage. -Al


Gibbs’ basement ceiling matches the ceiling of the first floor. (Just look at the stairs and the height of the ceiling.) He hoists the boat and with his tools he removes part of the back wall of his house and voila, it’s in the yard. -Mark

I noticed a long time ago that Gibbs’ ceiling was over 14 feet high, depending on the steps leading up to the landing. You never see the high part of the wall that the boats face (all facing the same way), meaning it had a launching ramp and an open wall system for getting the boats up and out. boats. Most ceilings in this type of house are no more than 8 inches. –Phil

Gibbs gets his boat out by moving the garage floor and using a boat lift he borrows from the marina – he only needs it once every 10 years or so. That’s why he’s keeping that old, sturdy pickup truck… –Paulette

A crawl space under the porch. All that is needed is about 4 1/2 feet of clearance behind the tools hanging from the pegboard in the basement. –Edouard


The boat comes out through a wall that is torn so precisely that it could pass without a scratch. It’s no big deal to rebuild a wall – just concrete stone (with forged holes) and cement or mixed concrete. It’s done in 2 to 5 days. I think all of Gibbs’ boats went through a wall in the cellar. It’s just a teardown business, and Gibbs is a craftsman in both lumber and building or brickwork or stone laying. –Carl


He brings the boats out through the basement. His house is built on tunnels once used by smugglers, which had to be large enough to move large barrels on large trucks. Additionally, he and Ziva escaped into tunnels when they were trapped in a basement. –Emma

Either the ceiling, the wall or a tunnel under the boat, since something has always been built there. –Sandi


He overturned the boat on its side. This is what my husband did. –Ethel


It’s a movie set. The walls are movable. The crew simply slide the walls out of the way, reverse the trailer from the boat, place the boat on the trailer, and chase it away. –RJ

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