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Old 12-13-2010, 06:16 PM
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Has it happened to you?

If so, how many times? Do you have a single or duals +? 4 stroke or 2? What year? How did you make it back in?

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Once
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Old 12-13-2010, 06:57 PM
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mid 90's offshore 17 miles in an 18 foot Wellcraft CC 1986 90HP Mercury. Just bought my Sea Tow membership the day before and they agreed to cover me when I bought it starting the next day... would have been a 400.00 tow. Always have had Sea Tow after that... Motor grenaded

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Old 12-13-2010, 07:11 PM
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anybody have a recent story to share? i'm doing this "study" for a reason if you can't tell already...

sea hunt gamefish 25 with a single F350...oh yeah
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I've run out of gas a couple of times but always within 3-4 miles of the jetties. Never have broken down way outside (knock wood).
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Worked as a mate once for a high profile Capt. We were tuna fishing 80 miles off. We caught tuna and the charter decided to celebrate with the 3 bottles of Sake they brought. The Captain decided to indulge himself and got absolutely wasted. He ended up acting like a drunk fratboy , putting the throttle to the the pins and swerving all over.

60+ miles offshore a motor starts running rough and smoking. I convinced him to stop to check out the motor/ oil etc.. the Capt said "fuck it" and continued to run full throttle and grenaded the motor. He throws a hissy fit, throws things all over the place like a 2 yr old and then passes out. I took control of the boat, calmed down the charter and had to drive us 60+ miles back home at 9.2knts displacement speed with no autopilot. 7 hours later (1am) we run out of fuel and lose electrical power in a busy harbor a mere 1/2 mile from the marina. Had to have the CG tow us in. THANK GOD FOR THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD!



I tried everything short of knocking him out in order to take control of the boat, in retrospect I should have.
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Old 12-14-2010, 03:42 AM
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I think the reason for the break down should be told as well. Knock on wood, I've never broke down offshore. But, I did in my G3 on the ICW due to an ethanol fuel issue. Only made it a couple hundred yards from the launch. A nice man towed me back so I didn't need to use my trolling motor against the tide.
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Originally Posted by MAGNUS View Post
I think the reason for the break down should be told as well. Knock on wood, I've never broke down offshore. But, I did in my G3 on the ICW due to an ethanol fuel issue. Only made it a couple hundred yards from the launch. A nice man towed me back so I didn't need to use my trolling motor against the tide.
I agree, my breakdown was a result of bad fuel, in which case duels trips quads wouldn't have made a difference. I don't want to turn this into a contest b/t singles and duals, but the fact is that singles are cheaper overall. Seems like most people jump on the dual bandwagon for simple "redundancy" but I would like to see some facts before making my decision. Anyway, keep it coming and let's see where this goes. Thanks for sharing
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Blew a cylinder 30 miles from launch on Lake Champlain. Just a couple miles from a campground with a beach and ramp carved out of a cliff at the bottom of South Hero. Circuit breaker on trolling motorr tripped 1/2 way there. Paddled most of the rest and was just about to be blown past it when some water-skiers towed me the rest of the way.

The other time was after rebuilding my fuel pump. Stupid little nylon valve washers curled up and wouldn't allow the one-way valves to function. The shop had told me to coat them with oil and yes, I had. Two miles from ramp. Trolling motor worked fine. Good thing I kept the rubber valves from the original set!
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Twin 1989 200 2 strokes 50 miles out saved by the CG
I have come home on one a few times cause of a snapped shaft, bad fuel and over heating.

Single 35
Few miles out. Paddled home

Single 25 pos
2000 miles out. yea 2000
saved by mother ship yea
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I think a single is way more practical and cheaper in nearly every situation. Add a small kicker if the $hit hits the fan and live life. Carry the necessary safety equipment, leave a float plan, and watch the weather continuously.
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anyone else...someone must have broken down out there in the deep blue
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Old 12-15-2010, 07:27 AM
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Originally Posted by cfarmd View Post
I think a single is way more practical and cheaper in nearly every situation. Add a small kicker if the $hit hits the fan and live life. Carry the necessary safety equipment, leave a float plan, and watch the weather continuously.
Works great as long as seas are fairly smooth, your not trying to come in an Inlet with strong tides and you like riding in a boat that leans all the time or you store it below and you can put it on the transom safely when its anything but flat calm..and then you hope it starts because it does not get run as much as your main engine...
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Originally Posted by cfarmd View Post
anyone else...someone must have broken down out there in the deep blue
Have a friend who broke down 40 miles out on a beautiful/calm winter day 10 years ago. They were in a panga and the outboard died on them. Waited all day for seatow to get there. Caught a ton of bottom fish while waiting and got drunk on jack daniels. I think he got home around 3am. Sounds miserable to me but it does make a good story.
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Originally Posted by Bird Rock View Post
Have a friend who broke down 40 miles out on a beautiful/calm winter day 10 years ago. They were in a panga and the outboard died on them. Waited all day for seatow to get there. Caught a ton of bottom fish while waiting and got drunk on jack daniels. I think he got home around 3am. Sounds miserable to me but it does make a good story.
well...I'll take the long wait as long as I get back in! carrying an EPIRB/PLB would insure that would happen.
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Broke down on my charter boat 1 time about 6 years ago. The port engine circulating (FW) water pump cracked on a Cummins. Came home on the 2nd engine from 15 miles out.

Broke down in a 18ft skiff about 6 miles offshore but on a remote desserted island in the Chesapeake. Single engine Mercury 50hp. Water pump failed and engine overheated. Towed by Marine Police (State) at 1am. This was 20 years ago.
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I spun a prop on my single engine 23' boat 53 miles out a few years back and Sea Tow OI came out and pulled me in ......I have all the necessary safety equip. but ain't dumb enough to set off no epirb for a spun prop....my life wasn't in danger...nor would it have been the next day if I had a day wait....unless the sea conditions were to get bad I'd wait it out as long as I could before the epirb...
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Originally Posted by Weekend-Hooker View Post
I spun a prop on my single engine 23' boat 53 miles out a few years back and Sea Tow OI came out and pulled me in ......I have all the necessary safety equip. but ain't dumb enough to set off no epirb for a spun prop....my life wasn't in danger...nor would it have been the next day if I had a day wait....unless the sea conditions were to get bad I'd wait it out as long as I could before the epirb...
how did you reach sea tow from that far offshore? how far will they come (100 miles isn't it?)

i wouldn't set off the epirb immediately, but i think being adrift at sea is borderline life threatening.
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Baltimore Canyon, 11pm, 5ft seas. Limped home at 6 knots, 10 hr boat ride. 6-71TI's, 5 cent hose
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55 out with a major thunder storm on the way . only boat left cause we were fighting a large tuna. get the fish in the boat and the port engine wont turn up. skies darken , swell builds , rain starts, nothing works. my friend dives overboard with a knife and cuts a few yards of some plastic crap off the shaft and prop. open bridge...like looking into a fire hose for a few hours....but it all cleared up by the time we got back and had sushi on the dock.
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20 out, 2004 or 2005 sea chaser with a suzuki 225 four stroke. Just as I pull back on the throttle when we get to our spot, comming off plane I notice a strange noise comming from the engine. Think nothing of it at first, get on top of the spot, throw the engine into reverse and it stalls. I figured I had a crab trap wrapped around the prop or some rope. Nope, I jump in and she is clear as a whistle except I see some metal wedged between the prop and the lower unit. Nothing I could do, prop would not budge. Boat US towed us in, seas were a solid 2 to 3 by the time they got to us and no we weren't even anchored on top of our spot so no fish.

Turns out the thrust washer had split into three pieces, two of which wedged themselves between the lower unit and the prop, was not a cheap repair as they had to replace the carrier or whatever that part is the prop shaft comes out of, warrantied though!
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