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forgot to raise my motor #&*^%$@
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posted 08-16-2005 03:51 PM ET (US)
ok, go ahead and tell me what an irresponsible whaler owner I am. I forgot to raise the motor on my Montauk when pulling out of the water - good news is that my 14 year-old son has more sense than me and realized that the motor was down before we drove more than 25'. Just a minor scrape and paint removal on the bottom of the rudder. Advice for filing/re-painting the bottom of the motor? Or should I just forget about it, dump it back in the water and put a big note on my windsheild to remind me to raise the motor when trailering?
Thanks for advice
posted 08-16-2005 04:07 PM ET (US)
I have done some things like that around boats a time or two.
Left the Shore Power connected to one of my sailboats while trying to back out of the slip. Run aground thinking that I had room. etc.
However, unfortunatly, that's how we have to learn sometimes. Now the shore power is the first to be disconnected. Depth meter is off set by 7 feet on the sailboat, so she floats in "0 feet."
You may want to laminate a checklist and secure it to the winch of the trailer, just in case you are not involved in putting it on the trailer. I am sure that you won't forget again.
As for the motor, I don't know what to tell you. I would call Merc and see what they reccomend or swing by your dealer/repair and have them take a look. (check the rudder and motor mounts) You may just need a little paint and off you go with a constant reminder every time you see the rudder.
posted 08-16-2005 04:33 PM ET (US)
I did the same thing at a local lake, felt like such an idiot after draging it ten feet up the ramp.
1) check to see if you bent the skeg. I did it caused a the boat to lean when on plane. I fixed that and it is ok now.
2) I filed off the sharp edge.
If I was a little more vein I would go buy a stainless steele skeg cover. But, that may actually call attention to blunder. Looking around the boat yard the other day at skegs I don't feel so bad anymore. Glad to hear its not just me!
posted 08-16-2005 05:19 PM ET (US)
Jeff - You've paid your dues and sang your blues. You'll never need to be reminded again!
posted 08-16-2005 05:23 PM ET (US)
File off the ugly and give er a shot of paint. Unless you really did a number, you simple initiated yourself into the club.
My brother dragged the lower unit of an I/O all the way home from the ramp when I was in HS. His excuse: He didn't know how to properly operate the tilt mechanism, only the trim adjustments.
He doesn't get to use my boat unsupervised to this day :-)
We all make mistakes. The shame comes in when you repeat them, eh!
posted 08-16-2005 07:32 PM ET (US)
My first mishap like that caused my prop to bend. I had to grind it down but the skeg survived the dragging.
posted 08-16-2005 08:15 PM ET (US)
Skeg-Guard, will help you out in case you forget and will help you avoid the constant paint touch-up of the skeg. I have one since the day I bought my new 17", no regrets what so ever.
posted 08-16-2005 09:25 PM ET (US)
It takes a while to get it drilled into your routine. I have a pretty skegaurd that hides my learning curve. I think it is the best 100 bucks I spent on the boat. Now if I can only remember to throw the anchor out under the rail!!!
posted 08-17-2005 01:02 AM ET (US)
File any sharp edges so you don't cut yourself.
Don't worry about paint.
That's what the skeg is there for.
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posted 08-17-2005 11:02 AM ET (US)
right of passage, have a cold beer and forget about it.
posted 08-17-2005 03:02 PM ET (US)
thanks for all the advise - cold one on the way!
posted 08-19-2005 01:05 PM ET (US)
There's two kinds of boaters, those that have done it and those that havn't done it "yet".
posted 08-21-2005 10:20 AM ET (US)
we've all been there
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