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Old 06-21-2015, 08:54 AM
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Pulling out from the dock I notice the Starboard engine is not shifting into gear. So I pull back up to the dock, pull the cowling to inspect. Shifter cable is not moving at all. Crap, the shifter cable must have broken somewhere probably at the binnacle. No worries, we're just going to the sand bar anyway so we putt over on Port engine.

As I'm sitting in the water thinking about my upcoming cable replacement I look up and notice the neutral throttle button is pressed in and stuck. Son of a bitch, this happens every 6 months or so because it's on the outboard side and catches salt spray from time to time. So I pop the button out and voila, cables fixed. I was pretty happy but felt pretty dumb at the same time. All the experience in the world does not protect you from being a knucklehead from time to time.
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Still a sweet ending as compared to digging into everything and finding a different result. Was working on my Flats boat this past week and it was insanely HOT outside doing it.

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At least you thought to look! Many people don't know it's there. Can't tell you how many times I've seen people at dock trying to start older two stokes and their cold engine won't stay running, so I just ease over and push it, move lever forward a little and say try it now. Cranks and stays running.....they look at me bewildered and say "I never knew that was there."
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Just don't unscrew your navel or your ass will fall off.
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If there was an idiot test, I'd probably fail.
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How about chasing after something electrical, near tearing everything apart in the process only to find corrosion at the fuse which caused it to blow?

The fuse or circuit breaker should be one of the first checks.
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Kick starting your CR500R (piston the size of a garbage can) 500 times and it still won't start. Because you forgot to turn open the fuel petcock.

For the 23rd time.


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How about after one engine won't turn over, pulling everything up and starting to trouble shoot that I realize, after about a half hour that the shifter is not in neutral! Be thankful and laugh at the brain farts that cost you zero dollars because they are fewer than the ones that cost lots!
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Originally Posted by Snapper Head View Post
Kick starting your CR500R (piston the size of a garbage can) 500 times and it still won't start. Because you forgot to turn open the fuel petcock.

For the 23rd time.


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I've forgotten to turn on the gas a few times myself...
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We all do it! Just get caught up in the moment! After 25 years or so of boating, I ran out if gas...with 2 tanks! First time for everything! 2nd tank had gas, just no pickup!
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Originally Posted by Doug in Bermuda View Post
How about chasing after something electrical, near tearing everything apart in the process only to find corrosion at the fuse which caused it to blow?

The fuse or circuit breaker should be one of the first checks.
My rule #1 when having problems is start at the easiest possible point of failure and work your way to the more difficult possible failure points.
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Old 06-21-2015, 01:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Snapper Head View Post
Kick starting your CR500R (piston the size of a garbage can) 500 times and it still won't start. Because you forgot to turn open the fuel petcock.

For the 23rd time.


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Kick back on that thing would likely send you over the bars that's a bad ass bike
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About a month ago we were down at Dauphin Island, launching from this little ramp that I knew was suspect... so I call myself paying particular attention.

My buddy had done the stern boat prep, which is normal, and I undid the winch and safety chain... he backs in... I start backing off, hmmm... must be shallow... c'mon back some more buddy.... hmm.... heavy gas.... c'mon back some more.... well, hell... so I get on it hard as I didn't want his Ford looking like the one on the other thread.... finally boat backs off.

Two hours later, my buddy's son notices something flapping behind the boat... yep, one of the tiedown straps.... my yammer was stronger than I was stupid.

Needed new straps anyway...
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Picture trying to manual rope-start an Evinrude 225 20 NM from shore.....with the key still Off.




It was a lot easier after switching On.
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Originally Posted by TTaxi View Post
Picture trying to manual rope-start an Evinrude 225 20 NM from shore.....with the key still Off.




It was a lot easier after switching On.
Ok, that made me laugh.
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Waiting at the ramp for guy to move on. Turns engine over and over, will not start . Everyone is rushing him,wife's not happy,kid wanting to go. Help him move the boat to the other side on dock and notice lanlard in on the floor. Point it out to him,puts it in the kill switch, motor starts ,he gives me the da look and hands me a beer. We all have that kind of moment.
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We've all been there. Buddy got a new 33' DE boat and he ran out to Martha's Vineyard this weekend on it. I raft up next to him and he says the bow thruster is not working. He really wants it to work so when he runs to his home slip he can use it. We spend the better part of an hour, getting all sweaty, opening up hatches, burrowing into the bilge in search of a breaker or blown fuse. After a fruitless search I am chasing the big cable from the thruster to the dashboard. The cable ends and printed on it were the words 'bow thruster' It terminates in a switch on the side of the dash. The big ol switch is labeled 'Bow Thruster'. Yup it was turned off.
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Kick back on that thing would likely send you over the bars that's a bad ass bike
225 pounds and ~70 horsepower.

Its a piece of earth moving equipment.


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We all get brain farts every now and then.

It goes to show you that when the boat aint workin, dad aint gonna relax. bet you felt the weight lift off your shoulders when you found that.
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Originally Posted by Snapper Head View Post
225 pounds and ~70 horsepower.

Its a piece of earth moving equipment.


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But man when you feel those power bands.......its worth it!
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