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KeysNole posted 01-03-2002 12:46 AM ET (US)   Profile for KeysNole   Send Email to KeysNole  
Oh, the joys of trailering a boat...

Today taking my 13' GLS to have the motor repaired (while driving a borrowed Yukon), I lost control on a slick I-95 ramp in Miami and hit the cement wall doing about 10-15 mph. I was unscathed, but the bumper was smashed into the tire, and I couldn't move out of the way.

My attention quickly focused to the great (sarcasm) drivers we have in South Florida, and how the Whaler was stuck out into the road a few feet. Within seconds someone slammed into the boat.

I was having nightmares of a huge chunk of fiberglass being on the road, and my Yamaha 50 being crumpled like an aluminum can. Upon surveying the damage (in the pouring rain), the girl who hit me ended up catching my skeg and stainless prop. The Yamaha simply laughed at her, and the transom on the Whaler didn't budge. She hit me so hard that the motor skeg ended up in her radiator. The Highway Patrol fined her nicely (driving with only a learner's permit) and let me go.

The guy fixing my motor for me actually came out and put a chain around my bumper and his truck, and yanked my bumper off the tire for me. I was able to drive away. Tough boat, tough motor.

jimh posted 01-03-2002 01:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Sad story.

I have heard analogies made about water (at speed) having greater impact than concrete to something hitting it. If that is true then the bottom of a Whaler and an outboard lower unit must be pretty tough. I think you just proved it.

maverick posted 01-03-2002 07:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for maverick  Send Email to maverick     
Hi Keysnole, Sorry to hear about your accident. Some years back my brother was pulling his 13 down I-20 at 60mph. Front strapped let loose, and the little 13 skidded down the blacktop bottom down until stopping. No one hit her, and my brother merely had to have the bottom re-gelled. No structural damage. Tough boat, and a reasonably good ending to a situation that could've been lots worse. BTW, I go to mile marker 80 a couple times a year, Pines and Palms/La Siesta; eat at Pap Joes and Coral grill. Love the area...will retire there in about 7 years (Marathon area, likely). Best, Mav
gunnelgrabber posted 01-03-2002 08:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for gunnelgrabber  Send Email to gunnelgrabber     
keysnole,..glad you came through that one with no more damage than that. pulling a boat around miami is right there with my all time favorite white knuckles and nervous perspiration exercises...the atlanta's bypass being another adrenalin pumper...the older i get the less it takes to scare me. "NO FEAR!".".NOT SKEERED!"...not me....lm
Draftmanswife posted 01-03-2002 12:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Good for FHP ticketing the girl! And sorry about the Yukon too!
smcleod posted 01-03-2002 05:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for smcleod  Send Email to smcleod     
I have a friend that dropped his '22 OR going 55mph on the Pierce Elevated section of I-45 in Downtown Houston.

The rear axel came loose on one side they hit the guard rail and came to a stop while watching the big Whaler slide down the freeway. They ended-up winching the boat back on the trailer and limped off the freeway where they had the boat and trailer towed. This boat needed some minor repair and it's still in use.

Same thing happened to Capt. James Plaag in front of Crosby High School (Tx)...the kids loved it...made James cry. Afterwards he decided a bow-eye safety chain IS a good idea.

JohnAz posted 01-03-2002 06:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnAz  Send Email to JohnAz     
It's only 3 miles to the lake here,, my 18ft Maxum when i got home one day was hanging by the safety chain "nylon strap" that winches boat on snapped,,rear tie down's are not required in Arizona..havent had that problem with the 14 whaler lighter boat i guess
KeysNole posted 01-04-2002 01:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for KeysNole  Send Email to KeysNole     
Hey Maverick, I'm in Marathon. I used to be a Coral Grill fan myself, but after trying the Whaler Harbor Inn, there is no comparison!
where2 posted 01-04-2002 12:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
South Florida drivers are awesome! (Sarcasm!) Friday before Christmas, one of them plowed into the class III hitch on the back of my boss' Excursion. I think it nicked the paint on the hitch slightly. Meanwhile, the ball mount did a number on the offender's radiator and grille leaving the offender's car undriveable.

Speaking of strap safety chains, my trailer (Magic Tilt) has a chain mounted to the winch stand as a safety for the SS cable and the winch latch. On the rear, we always use the strap over the gunnel.

whaleryo posted 01-04-2002 01:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for whaleryo  Send Email to whaleryo     
I have both a Whaler/Yamaha and a Saturn sedan. The Whaler is a 1984 and the Saturn is a 2000. In about 3 years the Whaler will be worth more.

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