NCIS fan theories on how Gibbs got his boat out of the basement: tunnels, trap doors, floods, and more!

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

Following the rather eventful finale of season 18 of NCIS, TVLine asked a series of “burning questions” – mostly kindled by and including: How does Gibbs get his handcrafted boats out of his basement?

Whether in comments or particularly motivated emails, you have contacted us with a variety of theories. Take a look at these below and tell us which extraction plan you think works in the words of Vinny Gambino.


His basement had garage doors and a driveway outside. – Sharon

Gibbs cleared his tools from the basement, and the port wall of rule 91 had allowed the boat to be removed OR the bow wall leads to a ramp for removing the boat already on a trailer. -Mike


Given that it is emptying all tools, I suppose it has something to do with flooding? –LrdSlvrhnd

Gibbs had his tools upstairs before the boat was removed. Maybe it floated out. -Bryant


Moving the tools out of the basement should make room for the boat to move. –T

If you remember, Gibbs had some of his things upstairs when Tim came over. Gibbs gave him a moderate answer to rearrange the basement. He moves it out to be lifted into the garage. –Al


The ceiling in Gibbs’ basement is the same as the ceiling on the first floor. (Just look at the stairs and the ceiling height.) He picks up the boat and uses his tools to remove part of the back wall of his house and voila, it’s in the back yard. -Mark

I noticed a long time ago that the Gibbs ceiling is over 14 ′ high according to the stairs leading to the landing. You never see the high part of the wall that the boats are facing (all pointing the same way) which means it had a boat launch and an open wall system to get the boats up and down. Most of the ceilings in this type of home are no more than 8 ′. –Phil

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

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


The boat drives through a wall that is so precisely torn that it could pass without a scratch. Reconstructing a wall isn’t big business – just concrete block (with forged holes) and mixed cement or concrete. It will be ready in 2-5 days. I believe all of Gibbs’ boats went through a wall in the basement. It’s just a demolition business, and Gibbs is a craftsman in both wood and construction or brick and stone laying. –Carl


He takes the boats out through the basement. His house is built over tunnels that were once used by smugglers who had to be big enough to move large barrels onto large trucks. He and Ziva also escaped in tunnels when they were trapped in the basement. – Emma

Either the ceiling, the wall or a tunnel under the boat because he always built something there. –Sandi


He turned the boat on its side. My husband did that. –Ethel


It’s a movie set. The walls are movable. The crew simply pushes the walls out of the way, puts the boat trailer back in, places the boat on the trailer and drives it away. -RJ

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