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Old 06-12-2007, 10:45 PM
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O.K., I guess I get the prize!

I wanted to get ready for my spring startup, so I charged the battery and installed it in the boat. When this was done, I began raising the lift. After the boat started up, all power went out. I went into the house to check the breakers, only to realize that ALL power was out.

SO I got a flashlight and proceeded to verify that it wasn't the main breaker, when the power came back on. About this time, I suspected that I might have left the lift switch on (the up position), and as I ran to the dock, I was there in time to watch a shower of glass shooting from what was my windshield. It crushed everything down to the fiberglass. Bimini top, port and starboard dashes, cockpit, winter cover, etc. Six weeks later, I'm just now getting the final parts to the dealer for repairs. Insurance covers it, but the bill is over $13 grand! Holy Cr@P!

Needless to say, I now have a limit switch to prevent this from happening again. How many of you have a limit switch installed? If not, do it!!

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Old 06-12-2007, 10:47 PM
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Ouch
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Old 06-12-2007, 10:48 PM
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WOW, unlucky. Can't say I wouldn't have done the same thing, damn.

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Old 06-12-2007, 10:59 PM
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My kind of dumb thing to do, kinda glad I’m not alone in this world.



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Old 06-13-2007, 12:20 AM
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This is why I don't fly planes.

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Old 06-13-2007, 12:53 AM
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Old 06-13-2007, 01:27 AM
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The switch on my lift can't be left in the on position. You have to physically hold the switch in the up position or be pressing the up button on the remote. I also don't understand what your boat was raised into to crush the windshield - do you have a roof over your lift?
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Old 06-13-2007, 05:18 AM
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Yeah, we all feel really bad about this happening to you, but we'd all like some pics to laugh at, so that next time when we all do something like this, it will be slightly easier to take.
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Old 06-13-2007, 08:36 AM
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Gee, and I thought it sucked to be poor. I'll never have to worry about doing that!

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Old 06-13-2007, 08:40 AM
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they would be me
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Old 06-13-2007, 10:28 AM
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Sea Six - 6/13/2007 1:27 AM

I also don't understand what your boat was raised into to crush the windshield - do you have a roof over your lift?
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Old 06-13-2007, 10:42 AM
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Worse than leaving the AC Power and shore water hooked up..... Once, I actually left one line and started to pull the docks with me.....

I have done stupider things with worse consequences...trust me. Too stupid to admit to.
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Old 06-13-2007, 10:44 AM
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Yikes, I am sorry to hear that. If it makes you feel anybetter, I cut a hole through the bottom of my hull two weekends ago I was cutting the floor out and got a little too agressive. It is a strange feeling to look down at your cut and see the ground.
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I also don't understand what your boat was raised into to crush the windshield - do you have a roof over your lift?
Instead of being a wise ass maybe you can explain what the boat was lifted into. I can raise my boat all the way and the top would never hit anything.
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Old 06-13-2007, 10:57 AM
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Probably a boathouse or roof.
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Old 06-13-2007, 11:24 AM
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KJS - 6/13/2007 10:44 AM

Yikes, I am sorry to hear that. If it makes you feel anybetter, I cut a hole through the bottom of my hull two weekends ago I was cutting the floor out and got a little too agressive. It is a strange feeling to look down at your cut and see the ground.
Could have been worse...the boat could have been in the water
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Old 06-13-2007, 12:32 PM
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Sea Six - 6/13/2007 1:27 AM

The switch on my lift can't be left in the on position. You have to physically hold the switch in the up position or be pressing the up button on the remote. I also don't understand what your boat was raised into to crush the windshield - do you have a roof over your lift?
C6 has it right - lift swithes for both up and down should be momentary, not latching switches. You've experienced the reason they make you stand there and hold the switch. Actually, replacing the incorrect toggle switches with the correct ones would probably be less expensive than adding limit switches to your lift.
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Old 06-13-2007, 12:49 PM
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coastboater - 6/13/2007 12:32 PM....... Actually, replacing the incorrect toggle switches with the correct ones would probably be less expensive than adding limit switches to your lift.
Also the momentary switch system is less likely to fail. Because NOBODY wants to stand there holding in the button a second longer than necessary...
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Old 06-13-2007, 01:03 PM
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I'll give you something I did on Monday that was directly related to my boating.

Was out all day Sunday in 94 degree heat. Jet Skiing, wakeboarding, RIBing. Got back to the house whooped. Got the hot tub going and had a few brews before bed.

Next day I could hardly open my eyes I was so tired. One of the first things I wanted to do was photocopy a multipage letter I was about to send out. Went to the copier, lifted the cover, put the letter on the glass and pushed the button. Only one page came out. I looked at the stupid machine, pushed the button again, with the same result (nice job Einstein).

It took about 30 seconds before I realized I needed to put the pages into the feeder not on top of the glass. Duh.

4 cups of coffee later I started to wake up.
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Old 06-13-2007, 02:10 PM
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Sea Six - 6/13/2007 10:54 AM

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Sea Six - 6/13/2007 1:27 AM

I also don't understand what your boat was raised into to crush the windshield - do you have a roof over your lift?
Instead of being a wise ass maybe you can explain what the boat was lifted into. I can raise my boat all the way and the top would never hit anything.
Sorry man, I couldn't resist!

It wasn't my story so I'm in no postion to explain what the boat was lifted into, but it seems pretty obvious there must have been a roof over the guys lift.

I kept my deck boat on a lift under cover when I had my lake house, and my lift also had an up and down switch which stayed in position. No doubt this same thing could have happened to me or any of us under the same circumstances. The momentary type switch would be safer, but depending upon the lift speed/travel, it may be a PITA.

My boat could definitely come up high enough to do damage in that scenario, and there were a couple of times during extreme flood stages on the river where I and others had to move our boats from under covered slips to avoid such damage.
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