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mfclapp posted 03-05-2007 12:52 PM ET (US)   Profile for mfclapp   Send Email to mfclapp  
Well folks for eight long years I've been living with a ghost and last night I came face to face with what had become my nightmare!

A little background:
99 20 Limited Edition Whaler Outrage/200 Optimax/Tee Top/Fish Package and all the bells and whistles.

Ok.

Right after I bought the boat new in 99 the wife and I were out one pleasant evening in May kinda just enjoying owning a Whaler. We had probably put 6 hours on the boat and we were sitting there with the boat no longer under power rocking gently back and forth enjoying a beverage when something went "WHOMP", WHIRRR, WHIRRR, WHIRRR!!!

Now women just don't understand sounds like that!

She was drop dead serious when she next asked if we were sinking!

Well you guys know that sounds like that are just a normal part of the male experience and messing with mechanical things that go WHIRR, BUMP and BOING (generally after we work on them) just kinda comes natural to us.

Now to make a long story short over the last eight years I've stood on my head looking in every hole, hatch, bilge and storage area on that magnificent craft for the sounds that continued unabated when ever the ghost ship was in use.

Last night I was in the process of installing an upgraded live-well pump for the port side transom live-well. To do so you have to remove the plate in the bottom of the live-well (the one with the sticker on it that warns of leaks and impending doom if you screw with this plate). Well I carefully removed the plate screws, cut around the sealer and after prying lifting and cussing removed the plate.

Alas after all this my target was in view.

The elusive live-well pump.

I quickly removed the output hose and clamp, lifted the previously disassembled thru hull pump up, cut the power feed wires and began to lift it up and out. As luck would have it the hose clamp fell off. After a few da**S and other assorted verbiage I climbed down got my flash light and begin to look into the blackness of the pit under the live-well where the pump had reside just moments before.

Now here's where it gets good. Kinda like the Christmas poem with the line that goes something like "and what to my amazing eyes should appear".

Well let me tell you what, it wasn't Santa.

What it was was one DA air sander complete with pad, one half role of 600 grit DA stick on 5" pads and something that looks like a half size paint roller with an 8" metal grooved head complete with handle.

Me thinks my ghost are gone!!!

Tight Lines
Milt

Joe 15 SS LTD posted 03-05-2007 06:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Joe 15 SS LTD  Send Email to Joe 15 SS LTD     
I wonder if the sander is still under warranty from Boston Whaler? 10 years right?
whalerdude posted 03-05-2007 06:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerdude  Send Email to whalerdude     
that is a hilarious story. I think you should tell WHALER about it. Find out who the final inspector was that day. Probobly does not work there any more.
contender posted 03-05-2007 09:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
Nice bonus
mfclapp posted 03-05-2007 09:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for mfclapp  Send Email to mfclapp     
UPDATE:

Cleaned up the DA, oiled it good and the dang thing works even though the paint don't look so good. It was a CP brand!

The pad was old and had stiffened up so I'm going to have to replace it.

The DA 600 5" disk once I peeled of about half of them the rest were still sticky but wouldn't hold on the old pad still.

I dropped the roller thingy in a can of mineral spirits. I don't think it's gonna clean up to good.

Dropped the D**n clamp again tonight.

No surprises this time!

Ghost-less in NC
Milt

hauptjm posted 03-05-2007 10:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
Kind of sounds like the latest episode of "If Those Bilges Could Talk." A BWTV regular!!
where2 posted 03-06-2007 09:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
You ought to carry that sander to a Boston Whaler Owner's Event this summer with that story. They'll hook you up with something, but tell them first that you STILL get to keep their DA sander!

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