How about a stupid boater thread?

Discussion in 'The Tiki Bar' started by Carpediem44DB, Sep 8, 2022.

  1. boatman37

    boatman37 Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2015
    2006 Crownline 250CR. 5.7 Merc BIII
    Previous: 1986 Sea Ray 250 Sundancer. 260 Merc Alpha 1 Gen 1
    5.7 Merc BIII
    oh I have another one. Had our 250DA in the driveway and wanted to turn it around so hooked it to the truck and went around the block to pull in forward. Forgot I left the VHF antenna up and we had a few low hanging trees. Boat came back with the antenna about 1'
  2. Tripsdad

    Tripsdad Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Sep 27, 2019
    Long Island, NY
    2006 360 Sundancer
    T 8.1L Horizons
    First trip out last April was a sunset cruise through the narrow State Channel heading west into the sunset. We’re cruising about 20mph and say to my daughter I really should be wearing my darker sunglasses and just after I say that the sun blinds me. I couldn’t see my GPS nor the buoy to my starboard which I hit dead center on the bow and the chain holding it in place dinged my starboard prop. Limped back to the marina on one engine and had the boat hauled the next day with fiberglass and prop repaired 2 days later. It could of been a lot worse and I was happy that our boats have nice thick hulls! I NOW always have a pair of dark sunglasses at helm and slow down going into the sun like I should have back then. :)

  3. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Well-Known Member

    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2000 Carver 506
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge
    Volvo TAMD 74 P
    I don't know about you guys but I am really enjoying reading the stories. I have always had a lot of respect for the CSR guys and knowing that many of us have attended the similar school of hard knocks is comforting:)
  4. Nater Potater

    Nater Potater Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 19, 2020
    Southwest Idaho
    1992 300DA Sundancer
    Twin Merc Alpha I Gen II I/O's with 5.7 V8's
    Here's mine; the Admiral, our three young children, and I were camping on the west side of our favorite mountain lake and hoping to cross over to the east side where there's some nifty beaches that are accessible only by boat. The wind was blowing pretty strongly from the east, enough so that the rollers were at least as high as the freeboard on our eighteen foot runabout. We started out across the lake as the wind continued to increase, as did the wave height. After taking a third wave over the windshield into our laps, I perouetted on the next wave and rode it back to camp. Unlike Haulover Inlet, there wasn't another soul in sight to save us had we sunk.

    Twenty years later, we bought the 30-footer for motoring on the same lake. I pray we don't come across waves big enough to sink that one!
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2022
  5. northshore

    northshore Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 17, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    1989 340 Sundancer
    Raymarine E90W Radar/Chartplotter
    Twin 454 Mercruiser 340's
    It's amazing how many possible reasons for not going anywhere went through my melon for about 2 seconds when I threw the transmissions in to reverse and just sat there.

    The last voice in my head (there are many)... "Yo Mensa, take all the dock lines off and give it another try"
  6. copb8tx

    copb8tx Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 26, 2008
    Highland Village, TX/Port Richey, FL
    SOLD 2005 420 DA w/T-8.1S Horizons
    2018 Sea Hunt 255se w/Yamaha 300hp
    I hate to admit this but I'd buy 2 antennas at a time to save on shipping and time. We had low clearance on one of my docks and the antennas had to be down to back in but needed to be up to work worth a darn out on the water. Ashamed to say I heard that fiberglass cracking sound more than once.
  7. DWABoat

    DWABoat Well-Known Member

    Aug 13, 2019
    S Louisiana
    2001 280 Sundancer
    1989 220CC Cuddy Cabin
    Twin 4.3 w/Alpha Ones
    5.7 Mercruiser Alpha One
    My biggest concern is that I will end up being discussed on this thread multiple times!!!!! How do I block a thread! Help!!
  8. 440 Jim

    440 Jim Well-Known Member

    Feb 11, 2021
    Savannah Bend Marina
    1989 440 Convertable
    Twin 3208T Cats
    Twin 3208T Cats
    A week or so ago I was turning my 23 bay around on my sons new property after a lake run and ripped his OH powerline down to his barn with the Ttop, luckily no damage to VHF or GPS.

    A few months ago we miss timed a return to the marina and high winds, strong current pushed us into the divider piling between our slip and nieghbors. The piling caught the edge of the swim platform, it must have flexed 3' at the top. When it came around the swim platform it sprang back and hit the starboard corner of the transom causing some cosmetic damage. Son was at the helm, shook us all up for a minute. Good news was no audience...I bought eartecs after that.

    While we were dating, wifey and I took a friends catamaran out on the Indian River down in Sebastian. We wound up in a tstorm and flipped the cat, and could not right it. Friend came looking for us on his jet ski and towed us back.

    This is my most least it's paid for.
    Got a little agressive backing up to the trailer of the 23 Bay.
    If anyone has one laying around, I'm interested....
  9. ttmott

    ttmott PhD in OCD TECHNICAL Contributor

    Apr 3, 2012
    Space Coast Florida
    2006 52 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSM11
    I just sold the Mercury dinghy with the Merc 9.9 2 stroke.
    Then bought a Highfield with a Tohatsu 20 4 stroke.
    We took the boat and dinghy down the river to a party at a friends house, anchored the boat and dropped the dinghy in and ran it to their dock for the party. Came back three hours later to find the dinghy engine still running. Never shut it off. It's too quiet.... That's my excuse.
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2022
  10. copb8tx

    copb8tx Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 26, 2008
    Highland Village, TX/Port Richey, FL
    SOLD 2005 420 DA w/T-8.1S Horizons
    2018 Sea Hunt 255se w/Yamaha 300hp
    Oh, that reminds me. Brother had a Hobie Cat and we went out on the lake on a high wind day. Both of us lacked much experience. We ended up digging a hull and flipping it complete upside down. After battling and battling we got it on it's side and then stood on lower hull with a line over the top hull and it slowly, very slowly, starting coming over back on to it's two hulls. All would've been great except we had forgotten to loosen the main sheet and as soon as it righted itself it took off and left us floating in the water. Hardly a sole on the lake because of the wind but eventually a bass boat saw us bobbing out in the middle and picked us up. We chased down the cat and called it a day.

    Big lesson learned that day.
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  11. dvx216

    dvx216 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Feb 1, 2012
    Catawaba Island/Orrville,Oh.
    340 Sundancer 2001
    8.1s 370 v drv.
    First outing with our 310Da after moving up from a 230Wk. we were coming back from Middle Bass Is. and I was feeling pretty good about how the whole weekend went. Now I was following my buddy Aftica in his wide ass old 1989 Dancer in to West Harbor. First time coming in West channel Aftica was blocking my view of the buoys and I set up wide in the channel to make the corner. About the time Aftica said your wide I stuffed the nose of the 310 into the pond muck. Then my Buddy following me said on the radio those Green and Red things in the water aren't Christmas trees.
  12. JayhawkCurtis

    JayhawkCurtis Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 24, 2021
    Armpit of Oklahoma
    2004 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck
    350 Mag Mercruiser w/Bravo III Drive
    Lol that is awesome!
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  13. Shoyrtt

    Shoyrtt Alamitos to Avalon SILVER Sponsor

    Jul 16, 2020
    Redlands, CA
    1999 450 Express Bridge, 9’ Achilles dinghy w/15hp Suzuki EFI
    Caterpillar 3126TA
    This bridge is 20 yards away from my slip. Water level is clearly marked and this happens frequently.
  14. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    Sundancer 250 ‘91
    7.4 Bravo 1
    Similar, cousin and I on vacation at a big Ohio lake, rented a small sailboat, knew nothing about sailing. Wind blew us across lake where we beached it. Hitch hiked back to our side of lake. Went to rental office, told the guy where his boat was, walked out. Good Times.
  15. alnav

    alnav Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 16, 2009
    West River, MD
    40 MY
    QSB 425
    I just visited a cousin who told me about his recent trip to Alaska. He took one of his daughters and her children along for a total of six. He purchased a Zodiac excursion to see a glacier. There were a number of small icebergs in the area. The captain said she would take the boat up close so the kids could touch the berg. As the boat approached, the berg tipped due to wave action from another boat. The berg had a flat "lip" around the bottom edge where the ice under the water had melted faster than the top. The lip went over the gunwale of the Zodiac and tipped it enough to spill out my cousin, his daughter and two kids. Even though he's late 70's the cousin is in great shape; he came up with one child and his daughter came up with the other. Luckily, there were other boats in the area who came over and everybody was rescued pretty quickly; it could have been much worse solely due to hypothermia. My cousin had several thousand dollars worth of his amateur photography equipment with him that is probably all ruined. He's getting ready to introduce the excursion company owner to his lawyer.
  16. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    Sundancer 250 ‘91
    7.4 Bravo 1
    Scary, cold water is nothing to mess with. I can’t believe I used to take a zodiac down the Sassafras river in January. One time I cleared snow off pier to launch, 10’ zodiac with a 8hp Merc. I’m blasting down the river one morning and it farking cold. I see blue lights coming, back off throttle. Cops pulls up on his boat says honest to god “what the fk are you doing out here?”. Good Times.
    Now the zodiac and engine are in the house by mid November latest. Too old for that stuff.
    I really miss it, too old to handle now. 100# zodiac and 85# engine is way more than I can transport and wrangle these days.
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2022
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  17. Espos4

    Espos4 Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2017
    Long Island NY
    2007 240 Sundeck
    350 MAG Bravo 3 W/DTS
    How am I supposed to take a picture of the skeg being dragged up the boat ramp if I’m in the driver seat??

    If hitting your car with your boat is the rarest occurrence, dragging the skeg may be the most common one.
  18. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    Boatless in WA
    No motor
    We did the same thing with our 16' Hobie Cat in the middle of the Columbia River. Six of on the trampoline got rudely dumped in the river. Fortunately we had a "righting line" and we were able to get it back upright without too much trouble.

    Water was warm enough that it was kinda fun for all involved.
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  19. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Well-Known Member

    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2000 Carver 506
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge
    Volvo TAMD 74 P
    Tom, I was wondering when or if you would chime in. Gee Rocket scientists goof up too?:cool:
  20. ttmott

    ttmott PhD in OCD TECHNICAL Contributor

    Apr 3, 2012
    Space Coast Florida
    2006 52 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSM11
    Ha - you have no idea. A lot of skeletons that will stay in the attic.

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