Go carts suck

Discussion in 'The Tiki Bar' started by Four Suns, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. Four Suns

    Four Suns Head Pot Stirrer TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    2003 480 DB
    Zodiac ProJet Dinghy
    Yamaha 110vx WaveRunner
    QSM-11 Diesels
    I just got home form the hospital... got a nice ride in an ambulance at 4:00 this afternoon.

    We have this go-cart that my wife's father bought before he passed away and for some reason, it lives in our garage now. My 14-year old loves the thing. It has independent suspension big tires, roll bar, seat belts, etc...

    Well... this afternoon my son wants me to drive it... as we are going down the street he says "turn it as hard as you can." I did... It flipped... my left arm went under the roll bar and was the primary support for all the weight as it slid sideways down the shoulder of the road..

    Things I learned today:

    1. Those neck braces and backboards they tie you to before they wheel you into the ambulance are very claustrophobic...
    2. One should not go 30 mph in a go cart and turn it as hard as you can
    3. Go cart seat belts should be quick release and not like ones in cars because when you are halfway pinned under the side of a heavy go cart, you can't hit the little red release button to get out... so you have to wait in a lot of pain pinned down until someone comes and helps or the go cart catches fire and kills you.
    4. Go carts roll over easy
    5. Dislocating a shoulder that has already had rotator cuff surgery complete with pins and screws and a rod in the arm hurts really bad when being twisted off your body
    6. Morphine is a good party drug
    7. Even with morphine, it's still possible to cry for 4 hours.

    So my left arm is now all messed up... I think you all should come wash my boat now on a weekly basis since I'm laid up.

    Pain killers are good.
     
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2009
  2. fc3

    fc3 Just another eclectic geek TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 12, 2006
    Northern NJ
    1999 Sea Ray 330DA
    Twin 7.4 MPI (310 propshaft HP) V-drives
    Twin Mercury Marine marinized 7.4L L-29 V8s
    Cast iron block w 4-bolt mains
    Really sorry to hear about your new injury, Gary. I don't think it's necessary to expound on taking driving advice from a 14 year old, so I'll refrain. Susie probably already might have mentioned something to you. Hope that you recover quickly. On the bright side, you got a visit with your friends in the ER.

    I have a free weekend coming up. Leave the keys to Four Suns and I'll see that she gets washed really nicely. You know it's not good for boats to sit idle, right?
     
  3. Presentation

    Presentation Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Wisconsin - Winnebago Pool chain of lakes
    280 Sundancer, Westerbeke MPV generator
    twin 5.0's w/BIII drives
    Hi Gary,

    Sorry to hear about your injuries.

    Is your son OK?
     
  4. Converse48

    Converse48 Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2006
    Chesapeake Bay
    2010 McKinna 57 Pilothouse
    QSM-11
    Gary-
    Sorry to hear of your injuries. Nice to see that you still have your sense of humor intact. And speaking of pain killers, if morphine doesn't do it for you, ask for delaudid. Now that's the stuff.:smt101
     
  5. Four Suns

    Four Suns Head Pot Stirrer TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    2003 480 DB
    Zodiac ProJet Dinghy
    Yamaha 110vx WaveRunner
    QSM-11 Diesels
    My son is fine... he was able to get himself out of the seatbelt and go get help... and he video taped the ambulance arriving and leaving. What kind of person would take pictures of someone hurt?
     
  6. wish2fish

    wish2fish Active Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    Locust Creek, Ohio River mm 433
    2003 220BR
    5.0 MPI
    did you get a ticket for driving the go cart on the road? Is it street legal?

    hope you feel better.
     
  7. tdappleman

    tdappleman Active Member

    Dec 17, 2007
    Kill Devil Hills, NC
    1996 270 Sundancer
    New twin 4.3's - 235hp each with Alpha 1 Gen 2 Drives
    Sorry to hear about your arm. Now...what's it gonna cost to get that video posted up...???:smt043:smt043
     
  8. fc3

    fc3 Just another eclectic geek TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 12, 2006
    Northern NJ
    1999 Sea Ray 330DA
    Twin 7.4 MPI (310 propshaft HP) V-drives
    Twin Mercury Marine marinized 7.4L L-29 V8s
    Cast iron block w 4-bolt mains
    Did he post it to youtube, yet? You know he will. Send us the URL.
     
  9. Four Suns

    Four Suns Head Pot Stirrer TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    2003 480 DB
    Zodiac ProJet Dinghy
    Yamaha 110vx WaveRunner
    QSM-11 Diesels
    I actually got several shots of something last night that started with a "d"... it worked...
     
  10. Southpaw II

    Southpaw II Active Member

    Aug 18, 2008
    Madison, MS
    2001 380 DA
    T8.1 Horizons
    Sorry to hear about the accident...perhaps there's a physics lesson here for your son. Could there have been a difference in center of gravity with you driving? Hope you get to feeling better soon. Boating season is upon us....
     
  11. Four Suns

    Four Suns Head Pot Stirrer TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    2003 480 DB
    Zodiac ProJet Dinghy
    Yamaha 110vx WaveRunner
    QSM-11 Diesels
    Bah humbug! What are they going to do? Throw me on go-cart jail?
     
  12. Four Suns

    Four Suns Head Pot Stirrer TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    2003 480 DB
    Zodiac ProJet Dinghy
    Yamaha 110vx WaveRunner
    QSM-11 Diesels
    Did you just call me a fat ass?
     
  13. Southpaw II

    Southpaw II Active Member

    Aug 18, 2008
    Madison, MS
    2001 380 DA
    T8.1 Horizons
    No, not at all...just taller.
     
  14. Turtlesboat

    Turtlesboat Minister of Media TECHNICAL Contributor

    Feb 4, 2007
    New York City
    1996 450DA, TNT, Caribe dink w/15hp OB.
    3126 427HP TD transmissions
    Gary, sorry to hear about another injury. Hoping for a speedy recovery.
     
  15. StressAweigh

    StressAweigh New Member

    487
    Jan 11, 2008
    Kent Narrows Maryland
    1997 290 DA
    Twin 4.3 Mercruiser
    Gary you are sure starting off the boating season early with injurys At least your toe is okay
     
  16. Weave

    Weave New Member

    Jun 1, 2007
    Western, MA
    200 Sundeck 2005
    4.3 MPI Alpha I Gen II
    Gary....Hope things get better for you but I do have to admit it's pretty funny that you let a 14 yo tell you what to do.
    All kidding aside after having two shoulder surgeries myself, I can only imagine how you're feeling so I hope the healing process goes well or you have lots of drugs
     
  17. Kameroo

    Kameroo Member

    683
    Feb 1, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    12' Kayaks
    Human
    Gary,

    Sorry to hear about the arm. Best of luck with the recovery!

    There could be a bright side to this--one of your kids could become the designated helmsman for the summer. When I was a teen, my father tore up his shoulder in an accident. The show had to go on, so I learned a lot quickly when I got promoted to full-time designated driver. Just make sure you pick the responsible one :)
     
  18. Stray Cat

    Stray Cat Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Pool 10 Guttenberg, IA
    2006 300DA Sundancer
    350 Mags / Bravo III
    Sounds like you had a NASCAR event....like the big one Talladega style.

    I don't know about you, but pain killers constipate the hell out of me...so good luck with that! May you mend quickly so you can hold your son with your right arm and beat him with the left....just kidding, I'll bet he is really ridden with guilt...but then there is the video, forget the guilt.
     
  19. Vince_nj1

    Vince_nj1 Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Aug 25, 2008
    North Barnegat Bay
    2006 320 V-Drives 6.2s, Bow Thruster, Generator, Raymarine C80, Radar, Fish Finder
    6.2 Horizons 320HP
    Gary

    Sorry to hear about the accident. Sounds like it was pretty bad and it sounds painful. I'm glad your son didn’t get hurt. I can't speak to the busted up shoulder, but I can relate to road rash, it can be very painful. I had a bad motorcycle accident 20 years with a lot of road rash (car hit me on the highway at 70 mph and I slid for about 1/8 of a mile) The bandages dried and stuck to my legs and arms. I soaked in a tub for 3 hours trying to get them off. I nearly passed out from the pain. The scars take a long time to go away and you really need to be careful with the sun.

    Use a lot of Neosporin or what ever the doctor recommends. I'm sure sleeping will be a challenge.

    Good luck with your recovery.

    I think some pictures are in order...
     
  20. douglee25

    douglee25 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    Cruisers 3575
    Twin 7.4l
    Twin 7.4l
    This thread is worthless without pics!

    Doug
     

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