A comedy of errors

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  1. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    So I went out to anchor on a River this past Saturday. I arrived at my anchorage in the morning, towing a Dinghy with a "floating" painter.....not. While backing down on the anchor, I wrapped the painter around the port prop and the port engine stalled.

    After multiple attempts to unwrap I finally gave up. No worries, thought I. I've got an extra motor! Wind increased at about 10PM that night and shifted direction, and my drag alarm went off.
    I fired up my remaining engine, and headed for the nearest marina in pitch darkness.

    At the mouth of the harbor, I throttled back and my one engine died. You couldn't have driven a pin up my butt with a sledge hammer. I dropped the anchor and fired up the engine. whew it runs!! Pulled up the anchor and it died again. Meanwhile I'm drifting towards the pilons to port and then rocks to starboard. After 3 more cycles of anchor drop, start, anchor weigh, engine stop, drift, panic, etc., I finally realized my engine would run if kept slightly above idle.

    I finally made my way into an empty slip and chilled for the night. Next morning, I had TowBoat US tow me back to my own marina 14 miles away.

    I've reached several conclusions as a result of this ordeal.
    - Floating ropes don't
    - The IAC valve is pretty handy to have working.
    - That floodlight on the bow is damn nice to have
    - 4 years of Tow boat insurance will pay for itself in one trip, with a boat buck left over
    - Murphy is really an A$$hole.
     
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  2. copb8tx

    copb8tx Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 26, 2008
    Lake Texoma, TX/Port Richey, FL
    SOLD 2005 420 DA w/T-8.1S Horizons
    2011 Four Winns H240 w/Volvo 8.1 DPi
    It only takes one tow to make you feel like you've been a genius all those years you were paying for nothing.
     
  3. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    2002 410DA
    Caterpillar 350HP 3126
    oh man, sounds like you kept your cool which is most important. I had both engines die one year, on July 4th, at midnight. It’s one thing to stall during the day but bobbing around in complete darkness is a different ballgame

    Hope it’s all an easy fix, sounds like it should be
     
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  4. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    Thanks. Yeah, I've ordered a new IAC valve for the non-idling engine, and should have the prop cleared by this weekend.

    True that! A friend of mine got towed recently without it for a much shorter distance, and his bill came in at $1500!
     
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  5. spikedaddy99

    spikedaddy99 Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 11, 2008
    Prentice, Wi
    2005 500 DB
    QSM-11
    Why am I always blamed???
     
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  6. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    That's what you get for making up laws :)
     
  7. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake, Middle River
    1991 250 Sundancer
    7.4 Bravo 1
    One thing we learned early on, when arrive at cove/anchorage, before dropping anchor, we move the dinghy to the side cleat with little slack. Then its out of the way backing or forward movement.
    Glad it worked it for you, in the long run.
     
  8. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    Thanks. Yeah that's a lesson learned for sure.
     

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