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Old 07-21-2007, 10:07 PM
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So I go on vacation. No problem. I am in Sanibel Island, on the west cost of Florida near Fort Myers. I love it here. I have been coming here for one week every year for at least 25 years.

And of course I bring the boat! I would have to be an idiot to not bring the boat! I am on an island after all. So I make arrangements for a wet slip at the island marina and everything. It is going to be great!

A week before I leave, I notice some fluid has leaked out of the power trim motor. Oh well. It is still good. Ill worry about it later. I even take the boat out the weekend before I leave and everything works great!

So today I trailer to the boat ramp and splash the boat.

And....the power trim motor is very weak. The motor trims down, but slowly.

Oh well! Just low on fluid. So Ill get more. No problem.

I go to the marina, and buy more fluid. Then drive away so I can add the fluid without anyone saying "OHHH you are creating an oil slick!!".

And....the motor still does not want to work. And not the engine is stuck up and will not come down. Well I get the thing down.

The boat is in the wet slip. With the engine down. I wanted to bring the lower unit out of the water - but that is not going to happen. The power trim motor is dead. Kaput. Pushing up daisies. Given up the ghost. Non functional. Dead as a doornail.

Could this have happened while I was back in town???? NOOOOOOO! It has to happen now!

So I said "F it". I am going to use the boat on my vacation. No power trim - well then I have a fixed drive and I will not run into shallow water. I can flush the power head but the lower unit will stay wet for a few days. I have brand new zincs. And I will use and enjoy the boat. I will worry about the $#%#%$%^$#%$# pump later!

Just needed to vent. I feel better now.
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Old 07-21-2007, 10:15 PM
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Default RE: Why me? Well why not. Has to happen to someone.

Your priorities are arrow straight. Have fun.
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Old 07-22-2007, 09:59 AM
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Default Re: Why me? Well why not. Has to happen to someone.

Well, I agree with baitkiller's vote to just enjoy for now and be done with it. HOWEVER......in the FUTURE......(and you KNOW where I'm goin' with this).......... FIX IT BEFORE YOU LEAVE~!!!

Enjoy your vacation!!
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Old 07-22-2007, 05:15 PM
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Yea I know. Fix it before you leave. Good in theory, but there was not really time. And it was just a small leak. A little itty bitty leak. And the thing worked flawlessly when I tested it at home. I even went out for a day. No problem.

But - things being as they are - the pump decided to wave the white flag the day I got to the island.

But looking on the bright side, at least I remembered to put the drain plugs in

And things could be worse. The engine could have died. The fuel tanks could have leaked. The boat could have caught on fire. A giant squid could have dragged the boat to the bottom of the sea. And so on. So in the grand scheme of things, this is just an irritant. Like getting sunscreen in your eye.
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