How about a stupid boater thread?

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  1. GirlyGirl1999

    GirlyGirl1999 Well-Known Member

    590
    Apr 10, 2021
    Lake Norman NC
    1999 Sea Ray 290 DA
    Twin 4.3 with Alpha 1 Gen 2 drives
    The dreaded plug, happened to me once in San Diego Mission Bay on the Regatta. That boat has a waterline of about 4” so not a lot of room for error and once in the 220 in MD, lots of family around noise confusion, me trying to get the boat in the water. Only thing that saved me was I was religious about rolling the engine cover open before starting the engine, looked in and water was flowing in pretty as you please, calmly had the Queen pull back up the ramp and all was well.
     
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  2. GirlyGirl1999

    GirlyGirl1999 Well-Known Member

    590
    Apr 10, 2021
    Lake Norman NC
    1999 Sea Ray 290 DA
    Twin 4.3 with Alpha 1 Gen 2 drives
    Agreed, I tell all my souls on board that the best help is to sit comfortably and enjoy the show. Finally have the Queen understanding to wait until I’ve got the fat bottom girl a 1/4 way backed into the slip so she can calmly step off and handle lines. Ah practice and slow is fast, slower is even better.
     
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  3. mrsrobinson

    mrsrobinson Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 9, 2006
    Virginia, USA
    2001 Sea Ray 380DA
    3126 purring CATs
    Geez, now I am anxious to boat this weekend!

    • Trailered boat, boat ramp anxiety, left the plug out - check
    • Cut the entrance to the cove where everyone anchors out too close, grounded in mud - check
    • Forgot to lower the VHF antenna, snap/break - check
    • Hit a floating underwater log, bent props/shaft - check
    • Accidentally hit the anchor windlass switch while under power, anchor drops, damages gelcoat - check
    • "Ran out of gas" because the tank fuel valve/switches were not correctly set from previous owner on new to me boat, floated down the creek screaming for help, docked with help/no engines - added fuel, tried everything to restart, finally noticed the fuel valves were wrong - check
    • I am sure there are more...
     
  4. GirlyGirl1999

    GirlyGirl1999 Well-Known Member

    590
    Apr 10, 2021
    Lake Norman NC
    1999 Sea Ray 290 DA
    Twin 4.3 with Alpha 1 Gen 2 drives
    Heading to the boat now for systems check and install of a rack for the Queens Kayak, I’ll keep my phone handy Blueone, I’m sure something stupid will happen, probably drop my phone in the water.
     
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  5. mrsrobinson

    mrsrobinson Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 9, 2006
    Virginia, USA
    2001 Sea Ray 380DA
    3126 purring CATs
    Ha, I forgot about all of the things I have dropped in the water.

    Oh, I forgot, started adding fresh dock water from a hose into the gas tank - check

    Got the pump out hose wrong, brown poo flows out on me - check
     
  6. highslice

    highslice Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Mar 28, 2008
    Table Rock Lake, Hollister Missouri
    270 SLX
    2013 Sea Doo 155 Wake
    496 Mag
    Bravo III
    Corsa
    Now if you can manage to get a picture while dropping your phone in the water, you will be golden. That would be right up there with Blueone hitting his own car....
     
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  7. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    Boatless in WA
    No motor
    I always started the year off by paying homage to Neptune by dropping an old pair of pliers or some other old tool off the transom and saying a little prayer for a safe boating season.

    Fair winds and calm seas.
     
  8. JayhawkCurtis

    JayhawkCurtis Well-Known Member

    May 24, 2021
    2004 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck
    350 Mag Mercruiser w/Bravo III Drive
    My cell is a company phone, set up with different apps, security, email, scada, a ton of different stuff, well 4 years ago befor I got the sea ray, I was out on the pontoon by myself Trolling for bass, I was eating sunflower seeds and throwing them
    Over board with my right hand because every time I would try to spit them they would blow back in the boat. So it was, throw the seed over the side, throw the seed over the side, throw the seed over the side, throw the seed over the side. Well after about a half hour of that I got a email, so I grabbed my phone and was reading the email when a fish hit one of my rods. So you guessed it I threw a seed, err phone, over the side.
    Spent the rest of the weekend going and getting a ne phone, and on the phone wit IT getting everything installed.
     
  9. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    Sundancer 250 ‘91
    7.4 Bravo 1
    Did you land the fish?
     
  10. dwna1a

    dwna1a Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    My biggest so far? A large group of boats were going up river to a place call Clay Bank and I got a notion to ride up. Incoming tide and smooth as glass. I saw my friends and made my turn to go to them. I have never been there so I was following the plotter. Them never told me about a abandoned pier. Sure enough I ran my old girl right up on to of them. Had one between the prop and rudder another in front of the other prop, and one hitting the bottom of the boat. I got out and into the river to try to get her off the mess with no joy. It took two more hours before the tide came in enough to get her off.

    I’ve never tried to go back to that beach nor do I want to
     
  11. Tim Fila

    Tim Fila Well-Known Member

    426
    Aug 24, 2020
    2006 52DB
    Cummins QSM 11
    Holy crap.
     
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  12. GirlyGirl1999

    GirlyGirl1999 Well-Known Member

    590
    Apr 10, 2021
    Lake Norman NC
    1999 Sea Ray 290 DA
    Twin 4.3 with Alpha 1 Gen 2 drives
    New post on our 290 thread, only dropped one nylon nut, of which I have plenty.

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  13. KrazyKarl

    KrazyKarl Member

    43
    Jun 26, 2022
    1999 190CC Sea Ray
    4.3L Alpha (190 PHP) MCM stern drive
  14. 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
    Only one? You're doing good!

    On the phone scene, my son-in-law thought he might have wrapped some fishing line around his prop. I had him push his boat around so the transom was close to the dock I was on. I got down on my hands and knees to take a look just to see my phone launch out of my shirt pocket, make one skip, then head for Davy Jones locker. Even with snorkel masks, we never could find it.
     
  15. Tucker K5

    Tucker K5 Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    226
    Oct 15, 2020
    Guntersville, Alabama
    2011 SLX 270, Just bought slightly used with 28 hours (9/2020).

    2006 680 Sun Sport
    SLX 270 8.2 Mercruiser Bravo 3

    Sun Sport 680 Cat C30s
    When the admiral and I first started dating 13 years ago my brother and I were halves on a 23’ Chaparral.
    There’s a low bridge on the way to the restaurant I was taking her to and while I was watching the bow and the windshield I forgot the nav light. Broke the bracket so I raised the engine cover and used her little hair bow scrunchy thing to tie it back up enough to proceed.
    A couple hours later after dinner….. same bridge, same stupid mistake.

    Here’s one that’s not on me though.
    This spring during my trip home on the 680 I have a hired captain (who is locally known and respected to most people around town as the go to captain for training owners and moving yachts) to meet me in Chicago for the river part of my journey home.
    We’re getting ready to shove off and he asks me to pull the boat away from the dock since I’m already familiar with the controls and he’ll grab the lines. He goes up and takes the brand new 1” x 50’ bow line loose from the dock cleat, goes around 2 stands of the safety rail and tosses it onto the deck next to the edge, then steps over a 34” ball fender at the stern and onto the boat.
    He comes to the helm and starts micro managing my every move.
    About 5 minutes in he’s standing over me all jittery and nervous acting and says “you’d better just let me drive”. Where idling a couple hundred years off the shoreline of wide open calm Lake Michigan mind you.

    This fellow is who my insurance agent insisted I needed to hire to bring the boat home and is listed on my insurance to drive my boat while I myself am not allowed to drive unless supervised by this guy.

    I sit there for the next 2 hours watching that dock line in case it moves. I want to see how long he’s going to leave it there but I admit I’m pretty nervous about it being there. It might be long enough to reach the props if it fell off.

    I finally go up and retrieve and stow the line. When he saw me he realized what he did and he turned white as a ghost but his annoying micro management never slowed for the rest of the trip home. What a nightmare trip it was.

    I have since purchased high risk insurance that lets me drive until I have a few years experience and can get less expensive insurance.
     
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2022
  16. OllieC

    OllieC Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    N.W. ‘Sconnie
    Sara Belle
    2005 Weekender 215
    Mercruiser 5.0 mpi, Bravo III
    He probably thought; “This is great!! We’re the biggest boat on the lake!!!”
     
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  17. GirlyGirl1999

    GirlyGirl1999 Well-Known Member

    590
    Apr 10, 2021
    Lake Norman NC
    1999 Sea Ray 290 DA
    Twin 4.3 with Alpha 1 Gen 2 drives
     
  18. Halfhitch

    Halfhitch Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    574
    Aug 24, 2021
    Venice, Florida
    1988 Laguna 23CC
    1988 Mercury 135 Black Max twins
    GirlyGirl speaks so softly I can't see the writing.
     
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  19. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    Sundancer 250 ‘91
    7.4 Bravo 1
    What’s the point of outboards only? What if this guy shows up?
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  20. techmitch

    techmitch Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    May 1, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River/Frog Mortar Creek MD.
    1999 270 DA
    Twin 4.3s W/Alpa I Gen II's
    "that it's outboard motors only & at idle speed"
     
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