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Old 18 September 2002, 09:30   #11
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Dohhhh

How about forgeting to put the transom bung in before launching and then wondering why she was so low in the water with the bilge pump going like mad
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Old 18 September 2002, 09:41   #12
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When the jockey wheel breaks off the trailer and you decide to dump the boat on the sand 'coz the tides on the flood make sure it is!

Oh, and take spare oil as well as fuel!
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Old 18 September 2002, 10:04   #13
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How about forgeting to put the transom bung in before launching and then wondering why she was so low in the water with the bilge pump going like mad
Gotta better one than that! Our DS21 used to have the "ping pong ball" type self bailer. Found out that if you spill petrol on deck (jerry can fell over whilst being towed behind the car) the gasket in said bailer is melted by the neat fuel so when you launch the boat immediately starts to fills up with water. If you don't notice this until the next day you come back to Dunstaffange marina to find your RIB just floating. Much frenzied work with bucket required to evacuate water and judicious use of wooden bung needed to prevent re-occurance!

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Melted a starter motor

on an inboard engine and damn near set fire to the whole boat, purely because I had forgot to plug in the kill cord in my rush to head out !!!

Leson : check some basic things before continuing to try to turn an engine over which isnt starting, cost me 250 quid an a ruined day out plus a very smelly engine bay for sometime afterwards
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Time to bring this one back to the top and ask a few other members to reach deeply into their soul and admit all.

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Old 30 December 2002, 17:56   #17
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Well heres Three for ya,

Flicked my Fag off the back of a Tyne class lifeboat,whilst chatting to me mate,looked over mi shoulder to see it burning its way through the Rnli inshore lifeboats tube.

Bought a boat and switched depth sounder off cos it was beeping and I thought it was broke,nearley killed all 6 as we were aproaching the last wave train before beaching a 12 tonn fin keela at 8knts

Walked straight off the pontoon whilst talking on my mobile phone.

Thatle do for the moment

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You sure are one crazy horse.
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engine starting with the pull chord in your pocket

Having beached my first Sib I was with my girlfriend on a little island called Dalkey island,a sudden squall came in we decided to sit it out but ,as the tide was flooding I decided to move the Sib to a better more sheltered spot on the island to sit out the squall.I calmey pulled the rip chord on the old Evinrude, and it came out and broke, the rest of it jammed up the mechanism, on the engine, I was in a pickle.I thought Id wrap the piece that I had in my hand around the wheel and pull again to start, alas it was too short, and I couldnt free the other piece to knot them together.Just then it dawned on me I put the stroker ino gear raised the engine up and spun the prop with my foot, after three turns it caught and the motor started, I causally pushed the boat out and away home with us me still with both feet intact.
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- Forgot to depress the key to activate choke

- almost snapped tank connector - surely the ball goes on that side?

- jumped off rib to tie up, missed slip, then realised I hadn't done up the zip on my drysuit........

finally & probably best.... came into Port St Mary in IoM. Saw Mrs W on the slip. Threw her a line, asked her to cleat it off - she bent forward and 100 of sunglasses slid off her nose into the briny! Now she knows why "you two have those stupid bits of string and crocodile clips on yr specs, hats etc!"

Happy New Year from the Isle of Man!
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