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Old 09-08-2007, 07:59 PM
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Default Is it bad to step on the lower unit to get back in the boat?

Bottom line: Was fishing today, got hot, jumped in, weigh a buck 70, no ladder on my cc (2000 Jones Bros w/ yammy ox66 200). So I put all my weight on the lower unit as I climbed back in the boat. I noticed the tilt/ trim bow indicator on yamaha digital gauge was not working (tilt trim was working fine) after that. Should I be concerned?

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Old 09-08-2007, 08:02 PM
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I've done it more than a few times with no consequence.
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Old 09-08-2007, 08:38 PM
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That little plastic do-jobber on the engine mount is broke. That is where the indicator get the reading. Couple dollars and 10 minutes good as new. I started a thread a while back dealing with a trim indicator that wouldn't indicate. Had a photo too.

Yes! It is okay to get back in the boat via the lower unit. 170# shucks man you ought to be able to heave yourself over the rail. 165# at near 50 and I can do it.
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Old 09-08-2007, 08:54 PM
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Time to eat your Wheaties!!!!
The trim indicator is the problem, easy fix like 29 said.
The motor and hull gets put under a LOT more stress every time you wind up the throttle than you will ever put it under climbing in the boat.
BTW - I'm 45 and about 165-170 and can heave myself over the gunnels of my Parker with no problem.
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goinsfishin - 9/8/2007 8:54 PM

BTW - I'm 45 and about 165-170 and can heave myself over the gunnels of my Parker with no problem.
Is that getting out, or in?????
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goinsfishin - 9/8/2007 8:54 PM

Time to eat your Wheaties!!!!
The trim indicator is the problem, easy fix like 29 said.
The motor and hull gets put under a LOT more stress every time you wind up the throttle than you will ever put it under climbing in the boat.
BTW - I'm 45 and about 165-170 and can heave myself over the gunnels of my Parker with no problem.

That's great you can heave yourself!! Different people have different circumstances, and I don't think Wheaties has anything to do with it. ( I prefer Grape-Nuts) I'm 45 and 215 and can heave myself also, but the OP should be O.K. in this situation.
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Old 09-08-2007, 10:04 PM
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Only if it's running.
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Old 09-08-2007, 11:16 PM
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I've heaved myself out of three boats, twice in the driveway and one at Catalina island.
At the island it was over the port side of a 28 Safari and right back in [ bout 40" of free board] we had a monster butt [ the fish ] ready to gaff . We got that sucker and 5 more the day.



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Old 09-08-2007, 11:47 PM
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Think about it....How much does your boat weigh? The motor pushes all that weight plus all the gear & fuel and all the POB's. Just make sure it's off!!!
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Old 09-08-2007, 11:55 PM
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I can heave myself too, but why would you do that if you can casually get back in by stepping on the lower U?
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Old 09-09-2007, 01:31 AM
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I heaved a few times too.. until I wised up to Bonine and Ginger root..
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Old 09-09-2007, 02:22 AM
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You'll do that a few times.

Until you slip and slice the shit out of yourself on the prop.

Yes, it will slice the hell out of you even with the engine off.

Then you will put a proper boarding ladder on the boat and not have that problem in the future.
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Old 09-09-2007, 06:37 AM
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Hold on guys!

Wasn't trying to bust anybodies guts. Sometimes I put my typing hand in gear, before my brain warms up.
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Old 09-09-2007, 07:09 AM
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Been using the lower unit as a step for years. The best thing they ever did was to come out with that little tilt and trim switch on the cowling. Just put your foot on the lower unit and trim her up. Kinda like an elevator.
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Old 09-09-2007, 09:57 AM
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hey Shag I am glad you pointed that out... I can use that.. At 52 and 250 I can still heave mseylf over the gunnel but may heave right back over once inside
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only if you slip and spill your drink
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I'm gunna go out on a limb here and say that when you are under power there is a lot more force than 170# on the lower unit. 200HP, a few thousand pounds of force maybe??????? I've done it many times with no problems
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Bitefish - 9/9/2007 1:22 AM

You'll do that a few times.

Until you slip and slice the shit out of yourself on the prop.

Yes, it will slice the hell out of you even with the engine off.

Then you will put a proper boarding ladder on the boat and not have that problem in the future.
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Old 09-09-2007, 03:50 PM
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Sounds like we got a bunch of heavers here.

No heavin for me, I use the engine, unless there's a ladder handy.
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Old 09-09-2007, 05:18 PM
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I'm 260 - I pull the gunnel down to me and swim in.
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