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what a day...
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posted 07-05-2002 12:37 AM ET (US)
I finally had some time to take the kids fishing, so I loaded up the truck and boat and headed for the Manasquan Inlet. Once I got to the launch, I knew it was not going to be my day, the baitshop wasn't there any longer. So, I turn the boat around and head for another bait shop, about 30 minutes lost. Get back, make sure I place the plug in, back the boat into the water, my older son says that there's water coming in the boat, seems like I put the plug in the wrong hole, in my haste, I placed it in the spashwell hole. Start the engine...(forgot to lower it!!!)...once I put it back in the water, it started the first try, I let it idle for a while to warm up, untie from the dock and off we...go??? Engine cuts out...try to restart but won't, pull the cowling off to see what's up, nothing seems to be out of place...after tying to a post in the middle of the marina, I finally realize the fuel line had come loose...I reattach it and the engine comes back to life. Cool, I thought...now I just need to put the cover back on and off we go...right, it should have been that easy! I walk to the back of my Newtauk and start to postion the cowling when my older son decides to shift his weight, catching me off guard and I slam the cover down...went on nice and smooth...go to start it and guess what...it won't start...after about 15 minutes of futile attempts, I thought it would run long enough to get us back to the dock, about 30 yards...but each time I think it'll run, it dies when I put it in gear...finally, God showed mercy with the state I was in and send me 2 jet skiers...who very kindly, nudged me back to the dock. Embarrassed, I put the boat back on the trailer and, tail between my legs, head home. Once I get there, I decide it's time for me to try and fix the problem before I call in the professionals....I pull of the cover and noticed that one of my spark plug wires was pulled apart, must have happened when I slammed the cover back on, pulled the sucker clean apart! A few dollars and 30 minutes later, I had the engine running again. I guess I got murphy's law down to a science...it should be clear sailing after that...what else is there that could have gone wrong? Hey, atleast I didn't have to worry about the boat sinking, it's a whaler...
Anyone ever have a day like that?
I guess I'm a glutton for punishment, I'm set to go again next week!!!
oh yea...the wife really enjoyed my day off!
posted 07-05-2002 09:05 AM ET (US)
I think days like this happen to plenty of boaters. It is one of the reasons why the industry is having trouble growing--people want recreation without hassles these days.
I used to be an avid sailor and belonged to sail club. We had a very active program of taking people who wanted to experience sailing out for a sailboat ride at minimal cost, like $5.
Many people who look at sail boats from the shore, read some sailing magazines, think they were going to like it, etc. Then they'd get out on the lake. The boat's wallowing in a light breeze, bouncing around in all the power boat wakes, we have to tack a lot to get where we want to go, etc. Pretty soon the would be sailors have seen enough, the spend their money going on a cruise ship or rent a condo at the beach.
Same thing with power boating. A guy buys a boat and has a couple experiences like yours, but throw the wife in the mix. Soon she'll never go on the boat. The kids get bored with fishing and not catching fish. About two years later the boat's in the driveway with a for-sale sign.
But keep working on it. I tell people that I learn something new every time I go out on a boat.
posted 07-05-2002 10:42 AM ET (US)
Yes, I forgot the lanyard kill switch and tried to start the engine for 45 minutes. Don't feel bad, we all have them there days.
posted 07-05-2002 11:27 AM ET (US)
Before I set off in my boat I have a "mental" checklist I perform before turning the key.1)Lower engine. 2) Open the bilge hatch and check for excessive water,gas fumes(I have internal tanks)3)Check fuel line to engine,look for any leaks or kinks.4)install kill switch clip. 5) check out all electronics.6)Start engine let idle until cooling water is pumping normally. 7)Throttle up in nuetral to about 2500rpm a few seconds then back down to idle to make sure it's functioning properly.8)untie lines. And if you got kid(s) going along the 1st task is buckle up life jackets! When trailering I also have a checklist that starts before I leave home. DaveS,you should create your own checklist and adhere to it before embarking on any more trips. You'll be glad you did!
posted 07-05-2002 03:23 PM ET (US)
I'm glad I'm not alone! I usually have a mental check list and I even gave my older son the task of putting in the plug...but when I was taking off the transom straps I saw the plug and put it in the hole...this is my first boat where I even have a choice in which hole to plug...I guess I just was caught up in the excitement of the day, taking the kids for the first fishing trip of the season and all. I'm usually very efficent at the launch but for some reason, that was just not my day!
posted 07-05-2002 05:36 PM ET (US)
I have had alot happen to me on the water, except a fire!!! Anyway, back in the early eighties, I was at full throttle on my 71` `13 Sport on a River with a freind that was about 50 feet wide and my steering cable snapped and we shot up onto the bank!!! My friend ended up about 10 feet from the boat, really shooken up and some bruises, but was o.k., I ended up with the steering wheel firmly in my gut and I couldn`t breath for a while properly, but was alright, it could have been much-much worse, thank God the 35 h.p. Evinrude had manual start and a throttle arm, I could steer her home with that and put all new cable and pulleys on pronto!!! Jack.
posted 07-05-2002 09:26 PM ET (US)
We spend a lot of time in Plymouth Ma. One of the pastimes for many is to sit near the state boat ramp at the harbour. Last w/end we had a bite at a local eatery and decided to walk over to the ramp. When I was about 50' from the ramp I saw a boat slide off it's trailer on to the ramp. Brand new never wet Hydrosports CC. The audiance sighed. No one could believe what they saw. They did not leave the safety chain on the bow eye. Five of us got togetheralong with a horrified young harbour patrolman and finagled it back on the trailor. To make a very long story [excuse my narrative ability], short Folowing a procedure is the way to go. cc
posted 07-05-2002 10:24 PM ET (US)
Few years back while "hovering at the Gloucester,Ma boat ramp a man with his wife and two kids were loading their 20' G/W onto the trailer. Once done he loaded inner-tubes,rafts and yelled at the kids to get in their Jeep Wagoneer. Off they go, Jeep and trailer that is! The boat didn't want to go so it stayed behind and started to drift down river towards the harbor. All I could do is tow his boat over to the marina across the way and tell them a man in a Jeep should be coming along for it. After I loaded my boat on the trailer I figured that I better wait for this guy and tell him where his boat is. Well,after an hour or so here he comes,his kids are red eyed,the wife is gritting her teeth and the husband looks like he's two feet shorter! He said a state trooper pulled him over 30 miles away on Rt95 for trailing loose lines from his trailer! Him AND the state troopers were looking all along Rt95 for a missing boat!
posted 07-10-2002 07:37 AM ET (US)
DaveS thanks for the story,I,m a new BW owner this year. First time out I did not put plug in on ramp,came back from parking trailer to see my son holding line to boat testing the flotation. Got motor started with liberal use of starter fluid spray standing in water ankle deep,got out to lake motored one mile(water drained out hole as advertised)motor quit,water in tank.got towed back to dock by another power boater good-guy. Thanked God wife waa not with us, just 18 year old son and me. Talked to son more in ride back than had for weeks. Took wife ,3-kids out next week every thing ran great.Good boating to all.
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