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Old 02-08-2019, 12:04 PM
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A while back I was helping my buddy break in his new Sea Hunt 25ft Gamefish. This is the first time I had been on his boat. He purchased it the last part of 2018. The motors at this time had ~20hrs. So the crew was me and my buddy, his wife and my brother. We woke up and stopped to get ice on the way to the ramp at what most people call "The Mall" in Port O'Connor Tx (Big Exxon Station ). My buddy and I were loading up on ice when his wife and my brother both walked out of the store each holding a banana. My buddy and I both said WTH! you can't bring bananas on the boat.....to which they replied....we are going to eat them before we get on the boat. Well that's BS because they will still be on the boat....But we just shook our heads and let them go one with their bananas.

We get the boat in the water and start heading down the ICW toward the jetties.Both Yammy F150s are sounding good......then a couple minutes after planing out the starboard motor started losing power...he brought it to idle and trying to figure out what happened ...At first my buddy thought he hit a shallow spot....I said BS we are in the middle of the ICW! its >35 ft! He then throttled back up ...got on plane.....all good ...at least for 30 seconds....Then the starboard motor started cutting out again. We shutdown checked hoses fuel connections everything looked good. at first the fuel bulb on the starboard engine felt different from the port though....but then they both felt the same when pumping...This issue kept happening the rest of the day.

He had just had both motors serviced where he had purchased the boat the week before this...He took it back to them the next day and after a bit of troubleshooting they said that a piece of the "flapper" on the fuel bulb had come off and was lodged in the line somewhere which prevented full flow of fuel.

I just know it was those damn bananas!! But seriously I posted this because if this would have happened to us 40 miles offshore it would have really sucked.

I am thinking of carrying a spare fuel bulb and some clamps. What do you guys think? Wondering how common this is....has anyone else has had this happen to them? In all my years of boating I have never had an issue with a fuel bulb.


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I had a check valve in a primer bulb go bad 15 miles offshore. Thankfully, I do carry a spare. 10 minutes after diagnosing the issue, back on plane!

One think that was recommended to me a long time ago was to use OEM primer bulbs instead of off-brand ones. Supposedly the quality is better. I don't know but for the little difference, I went with factory replacements.
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How funny the banana thing. When we were in Hawaii in October, we chartered a boat for a day of fishing. The Cap told us we could bring all the booze, food, and water we wanted, JUST NO BANANAS! And he checked our coolers for bananas. And...... no bananas, no problems. Just saying! I have always heard bananas were bad luck on boats, but never had anyone look to make sure. I chartered fishing trips everywhere we have been on vacation, always been told no bananas, just never had been searched before. So all that said, I'm sure it was the bananas.
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I always keep a lil waterproof ammo box with simple tools and primer ball clamps plugs tape wire strippers etc... plugs...hose, small bit of rope.....good to have
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Originally Posted by sparky986 View Post
How funny the banana thing. When we were in Hawaii in October, we chartered a boat for a day of fishing. The Cap told us we could bring all the booze, food, and water we wanted, JUST NO BANANAS! And he checked our coolers for bananas. And...... no bananas, no problems. Just saying! I have always heard bananas were bad luck on boats, but never had anyone look to make sure. I chartered fishing trips everywhere we have been on vacation, always been told no bananas, just never had been searched before. So all that said, I'm sure it was the bananas.
We are going to Oahu next month....Who did you charter with? I have a charter setup with "Live Bait Sport Fishing" out of Waianae bay ......How did you guys do?
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My uncle does not allow bananas. That means now bananas in the cooler, belly, etc. No Banana Boat sunblock is allowed on his boat. He once sent a "no bananas" meme to the group chat and then asked us to delete the pic before getting on his boat on our way to tournament.

He takes this very seriously.
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I've never had bananas ruin the boat, but I have certainly blamed them for the fishing.
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No bananas on the boat!
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oh yea?
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always bring banana nut muffins for breakfast on the boat
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Originally Posted by Crusty461 View Post
But how do we know they made it back to the dock???
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Originally Posted by CzecheredPast View Post
I am thinking of carrying a spare fuel bulb...
although in that particular scenario,
it sounds like while the problem was caused by the bulb,
a 'spare' would have been of no use whatsoever:

Originally Posted by CzecheredPast View Post
a piece of the "flapper" on the fuel bulb had come off and was lodged in the line somewhere ..
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Originally Posted by CzecheredPast View Post
We are going to Oahu next month....Who did you charter with? I have a charter setup with "Live Bait Sport Fishing" out of Waianae bay ......How did you guys do?
We Chartered with Boom Boom Sportfishing, Captain Tony on his 50' Chris Craft. We didn't get and sail fish, but caught Mahi Mahi. It was rough in the morning but calmed some by late afternoon. It was a great trip. No bananas though.
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Originally Posted by Fwpratt View Post
although in that particular scenario,
it sounds like while the problem was caused by the bulb,
a 'spare' would have been of no use whatsoever:
The frargent remained in the bulb.... So yes it would have....so in other words it has never happened to you as it has to at least one other poster....

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Originally Posted by sparky986 View Post
We Chartered with Boom Boom Sportfishing, Captain Tony on his 50' Chris Craft. We didn't get and sail fish, but caught Mahi Mahi. It was rough in the morning but calmed some by late afternoon. It was a great trip. No bananas though.
I am so looking forward to the trip... I am only expecting to catch MahiMahi any maybe a Tuna or two.... Thanks for the reply..... Much appreciated !
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Originally Posted by 2ntow View Post
I had a check valve in a primer bulb go bad 15 miles offshore. Thankfully, I do carry a spare. 10 minutes after diagnosing the issue, back on plane!

One think that was recommended to me a long time ago was to use OEM primer bulbs instead of off-brand ones. Supposedly the quality is better. I don't know but for the little difference, I went with factory replacements.

My son has been using after market bulbs recently, and has had NIGHTMARES with them.

Edit--especially the check valves weak or broken.
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Originally Posted by Capt Grady 23 Gulfstream View Post
My son has been using after market bulbs recently, and has had NIGHTMARES with them.
​​​​​​I think you hit the nail on the head ... I am guessing that the boat was rigged with cheapo primers.. .. But don't really want to tell my buddy that...
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I just got an update from my buddy.... It wasn't a flapper... It was a ball that was part of the inlet check valve that came free and lodged in the outlet side... So a spare primer Bulb would be a good idea in my opinion
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I think the banana myth is fun. A great charter trip out of Fort Pierce included the captain introducing me to the banana myth. Since then I prefer no bananas on my boat trips. We caught some nice fish that day, including a sailfish.
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Bananas are welcome on my boat. Some of my best tuna forays have been when I had bananas and I don't use bananas or other superstitions as lame excuses when catching is poor or rare mishaps occur.

And yes, even though my engines are twin inboards I do keep a spare primer bulb onboard to help potentially emergency-bypass the LP pump for slow-but slightly-faster get-home option with better steering in 2 engines than just 1, and have spare water pump and alternator on board along with lots of other spares and loads of tools.

Be prepared rather than superstitious , ...though I do occasionally throw a little change in the water to encourage fish biting.


I find they still prefer proper bait though.
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