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jeffkom posted 08-16-2005 03:51 PM ET (US)   Profile for jeffkom   Send Email to jeffkom  
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

jmontani posted 08-16-2005 04:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmontani    

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.


bspencer posted 08-16-2005 04:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for bspencer  Send Email to bspencer     

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!


RocketMan posted 08-16-2005 05:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for RocketMan  Send Email to RocketMan     
Jeff - You've paid your dues and sang your blues. You'll never need to be reminded again!
Buckda posted 08-16-2005 05:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
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!


17 bodega posted 08-16-2005 07:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
My first mishap like that caused my prop to bend. I had to grind it down but the skeg survived the dragging.

Ferdinando posted 08-16-2005 08:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ferdinando  Send Email to Ferdinando     
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.


Whalen posted 08-16-2005 09:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whalen    
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!!!
Chuck Tribolet posted 08-17-2005 01:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
File any sharp edges so you don't cut yourself.
Don't worry about paint.

That's what the skeg is there for.


Knot at Work posted 08-17-2005 11:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for Knot at Work  Send Email to Knot at Work     
right of passage, have a cold beer and forget about it.

jeffkom posted 08-17-2005 03:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffkom  Send Email to jeffkom     
thanks for all the advise - cold one on the way!
mikeyairtime posted 08-19-2005 01:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for mikeyairtime    
There's two kinds of boaters, those that have done it and those that havn't done it "yet".
themclos posted 08-21-2005 10:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for themclos  Send Email to themclos     
we've all been there

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