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posted 06-24-2002 04:47 PM ET (US)
Well maybe not!
Just got back from a very successful fishing vacation.
Now where do I start. Ah yes the boat... I have recently repowered my 1972 13' sport with a 2000 Yammy 40 hp 4 stroke 15". I used an adjustable CMC jackplate and set the cav. plate even with the bottom of the transom, per Bigshot's instruction. I also treated the boat to a new EZ Loader 1225 per Dick's advice. With no home sea trail I started off to my place near Apalachicola, Fla. and made it in record time, 1000 miles in 14.25 hours, without a hitch.
The first night there, with the boat still on the trailer, I broke my baby toe on my right foot.
Day 2, my wife took the boys and I to launch the boat. The boys were excited as can be and I was hobbling arround like "Chester". We got the boat off the trailer and my wife takes off. We go to start the engine and it just cranks... nothing, kept trying, nothing. So now am getting pissed, I can't start a new motor and can't stand on my right foot. The boys look worried, I start to take things apart and check everything I can think of. My son says "Dad what about the kill switch"? I look and sure enough it's hanging off. I put it on and she fired right up (what a dummy).
The boat performed flawless the next 2 weeks. With 2 boys, me, 12 gallons of fuel, 2 coolers, anchor, and fishing gear we hit high 30's.
The fishing was grand, the first day out we caught a 60 lb. Black Tip. What a spectacle, trying to land that shark on a 13 with 1 leg on 10# test. We lassoed it's tail and threw it head first in the cooler and I gladly sat on it the for the rest of the trip,
eventhough it's tail smacked me around a bit.
We caught specs, reds, spanish, shark along with some cats and lady fish.
There's much more to add but the Cowgirl in the sand wasn't there so I'll end it here.
posted 06-24-2002 05:38 PM ET (US)
Sounds like a "fish story" or how'bout a "Whale tale",but other than your toe,it sure sounds like a fun day!
posted 06-24-2002 06:02 PM ET (US)
I must confess, every time I've ever tried to start my 70Hp OMC w/o the kill switch attached, it has done the exact same thing: Crank, Crank, Crank, nothing... Scratch head, Look down, pickup oar, whack self on head with oar, attach kill switch lanyard, cranks right up! Funny part is, you'll do it more than once in a lifetime. :)
posted 06-24-2002 06:23 PM ET (US)
Did it two weeks ago--been boating 30 years
posted 06-24-2002 09:06 PM ET (US)
A few weeks back I was heading back to port when another boater waved me over. He had a 24' center console Mako with twin Yamaha 150's with both covers off. His port engine wouldn't fire-up.He was in the middle of switching solinoids. This after switching spark plugs!He figured since he had enough tools to make Tim Allen happy,why not swap parts and find out what the problem was.I swung around to standby and "rafted" to him.I looked at his control panel and .....yup...the kill switch clip was off! He was about to throw his tools overboard when he then laughed it up a bit and thanked me. He then fired up BOTH engines until he realized that his watch was sitting in the starboard engine.(He took it off so as not to bang it up!) He shut-down,opened the cover and no watch!
posted 06-24-2002 09:31 PM ET (US)
Did it Saturday! It sure is a great feeling when you discover the switch is off. I had visions of reloading in my head. (Hopefully it doesn't take you too long.)~mw
posted 06-24-2002 10:15 PM ET (US)
I started out the season cranking at the boat launch. A friendly landlubber passerby suggested I might want to hook the gas line to the engine. Cranked right up. It had no problems. After the opening cruise I docked.
The gas tank was a little crunched, and there was a nice air sound when I remembered to open the air valve. It's reexpanded with the warm weather. I did have my life preservers and my whistle.
posted 06-25-2002 10:05 AM ET (US)
Jay try moving the engine up an inch and see if you like it. If so try another inch, etc until you decide the height that works best.
1000 miles in 14.25 hours.....that little 13 hauls ass!:)
posted 06-25-2002 11:34 AM ET (US)
Nick, I too am convinced there realy is a gas fairy! 2 weeks and less than I used to burn in 2 days. That 4 stroke is a real treat! As the Monkeeys sang "I'm a believer". Regards, Jay
posted 06-25-2002 11:40 AM ET (US)
Ah Jay me boy this little tale of tales should rightly have been placed in the Reports of Trips taken. Ideas and suggestions for rallies or rendezvous a few forums down if you notice from this one don't yeah think --- Z
posted 06-25-2002 12:05 PM ET (US)
Perhaps you are right Z. I'll take my lashes like a man. Now move on down and give Janis a few too ;). Regards, Jay
P.S. This post was intended for "optional amusement", where is that heading?
posted 06-25-2002 12:23 PM ET (US)
Ah Jay old man no lashes intended but I'm am sure you have seen this General forum getting an overload many post of which should be in other forum topics.
Now Jay I may appear to be a tough guy --- LOA --- but I am sane yeah know at least some of the time --- So in that context let me say I have no inkling what so every to scold one of our few members of the fair sex --- as I said I'm not crazy yet --- heh heh Z
posted 06-25-2002 12:39 PM ET (US)
Z, perhaps you are upset that I didn't see the "Cowgirl in the Sand". Then it would have been a tale of tails, more to your liken I suppose. Regards, Jay
posted 06-25-2002 02:26 PM ET (US)
Jay- Little suggestion. Next time you hook into a shark- rope up the tail as you did but drag the fish backward for a mile or so. Will drown the fish making him a little less frisky in the cooler on the way back in. .03 David
posted 06-25-2002 02:40 PM ET (US)
No no Jay my friend, you have me all wrong :)
Neil Young I guess is ok! I would have been thinking more like the Big Walter Horton recording about a gal if I had been thinking about songs/music --- in reference to the fair sex --- LOA --- Best TZ
PS back to your tale, glad it worked out so well made up a bit for that lost Mexico jaunt.
posted 06-25-2002 03:29 PM ET (US)
I think Z is on some whacky tobacky:) Doing a lot of "LOL" and now he moved on to "LOA".....oh boy, you don't want to see him when he is LOA-ing:)
posted 06-25-2002 03:43 PM ET (US)
ok ok LOL Bigshot --- hehheh --- it's 90 plus here today just a bit light hearted hmm, make that headed --- Z
posted 06-26-2002 10:51 AM ET (US)
David, I wish I had your .03 before we caught it. We had it's head in a big net and it's tail lassoed with a heavy rope stringer.
Bigshot, Z's OK, he's just trying to keep us on the right path, where ever that is??? Regards, Jay
posted 06-28-2002 08:49 AM ET (US)
First shakedown run for my 15CC I putted away from the launch, at at the breakwater opening it died. Nothing would get that motor to fire. I sat there with that damn squeeze bulb in my hand for 5 minutes before I noticed there's an ARROW on it.... Hmmm....
Seems I just pumped the engine dry. Reversed the hose, and - ZOOM ! Since I can't reach, I had my daughter kick me....
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