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lets throw out some good ol stories about mishaps when boating or something important to not forget. lets see how much humor we can add to this for the viewers,lol
 

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i'll start by saying that I learned most of my tricks or earned most my knowledge through good old hard way.

never forget the plug in the boat, your shoes will get wet and your partner will hit the panic button!!
also ask all riders upon getting on your boat if they have any fears such as spiders or snakes!! it was embarrassing having a full grown man threatin to jump off the boat if I didn't remove the spider. and just as bad havin a guy swingin a seven foot ore at a water snake like it was an anaconda,ha ha ha ha ha ....... the good ol times
 

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I fell while walking into a canoe that was half on land, and half in the water. I have great balance, but I guess not good enough. I got a little wet.
 

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I forgot to tie the boat off as i launched. The boat kicked out and started floating down river. At least the swim happened in summer. Another time my buddy was backing me in. In our rush to fish we forgot to undo the transom straps. Well the boat filled up quick as I was yelling for him to pull out. Those happened in my old boat. My new boat is a pleasure to launch and retrieve. The only mishap so far has been tripping over the trolling motor pedal and going in head first.
 

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A late 80's 25hp. Merc.
 

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one night after drinking alot at camp a storm rolled in...well i ran out and covered the $1600 boat and left the jeep windons $30000 down and roof off and it was SOAKED...everyone still gets a kick out of that..well the boat is mine and the jeep the wife so I knew what to protect!
 

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best thing about lake arthur is fishing or hanging out by the dam and watching newbies go full blast into the shallow zone and watching the boats come to a full stop as they hit 1 ft of water and look overboard like ??? It never fails everyday we are there
 

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I think any vintage merc will do.

Launched once while a pile of slobs wouldn't get off the dock, and I swear I meant to put it into reverse, but I shot forward and trew all of them and their gear in the water. I hate people who fish from the dock, but I honestly felt bad for them.
 

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I had a buddy bowfishing with me one night and he reached down to retrieve an arrow and kept going. fell head first in the drink and just his legs were kickin out of the water. he jumped and said i'm good man! I said yeah, I can see that,lol funny part is it was the first night we met and this happened at like 3 am. i'll never stop laughing at that.
 

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I was backing up the truck to get the little Jon boat out. My cousin was handling the boat. I told him to keep an eye out for the trailer. About 30 seconds after acknowledging me I hear "CRACK" He put the front of the boat into the trailer light....


My other cousin was helping me launch the bigger 16' Deep V I had spent all spring/summer rebuilding. This was it's maiden voyage. I back the truck up and he hooked up the trailer. For some reason he never locked the wheel jack up, just cranked it so it was off the ground. He waved me forward so I went. Heard a horrible snap sound. Snapped the locking pin right off the wheel jack. Brand new trailer wheel jack too.

He said "I didn't know it was supposed to lock up in place"

So neither of them help me anymore.....
 

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I've seen the worst and funniest ever at the boat ramps for sure.
I saw a guy load his boat up and start driving up ramp(steep ramp), just then,CRASH, he gets out and realizes he never latched the winch/crank up front and the boat came off trailer and smashed out all his trailer lights. so I helped him reload and tie up his lights to get home
 

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I've seen a guy at the boat ramp try to be all Mr. Cool Guy and drive his boat up on the trailer and launch it in the bed of his truck. That was pretty funny. I've also seen a guy put his boat on the trailer and drive away with his boat still tied off to the cleat on the dock.
 

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My 2 classics..

Fished one night, went to run back on, got on plane, and the boat shut off.. The next morning after an hour long trip back to the ramp via trolling motor in the dark, I found my kill switch lanyard on the floor of the boat...

Other one was in less than ideal conditions, we were cleaning up decoys in some serious wind / rain / waves, I was on the TM and had my buddy start the big motor.. After calling the fire department for a tow, I found out he bumped the throttle just out of neutral, but by the time I got back to the console I was in semi-panic mode, and completely forgot to check it..

2 things I'll never do again!
 

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When I attended college in the Adirondacks, the lake that was connected to ours had a large number of snooty sail boaters. One afternoon, I watched a couple back their sailboat into the water, forget to put it in park, and send their Cadillac Escalade into the drink. I've never laughed so hard in my life.
 

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Worst boating mistake I made was depending on someone else to do something I should have taken care of.
We were out drum fishing on the Delaware Bay until 02.00 when we pulled the hook and started back across the bay towards the Cape May canal. This would have normally been a 15 min run back at 25 kts. I had one of the guys with me pull the anchor while I pulled over it.
Off we go across the bay and after being underway for no more than 3 minutes the boat went into a violent turn and did it again. This was not a fun occurrence with no other lights then my running lights. I was thrown out of the seat pulling the lanyard from the ignition shutting down both engines. The boat swung around again but a lot less forceful this time without power. It was then that I realized what happened was my fishing pal did not lock the anchor into the chocks and the anchor vibrated over the side as we cut into the chop.
We kind of joked after a few seconds that this must be a sign where we should give another try fishing that night but I felt we had used our luck for the night since nobody was tossed out of the boat or we didn’t capsize.
 

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decided to call it quits one night fishing kinzua in an all night rain. loaded up and left. got to ridgeway and my brother couldn't figure out why the truck was having to work so hard. here we didn't pull the plug in our excape and had a boat full of water. lost a life jacket out the back as the boat was full. let it drain at the sheetz (when it was at the corner) as we got some coffee.

another time on the river seen my cousin throw out the anchor only to watch all the rope go over. knuckle head forgot to tie it on
 

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First launch ever with my first boat I had a "more experienced" boating friend take me to a lake to show me around a bit. Got to lake and it there was a bass tourney, so I think that may have flustered him a bit. Told me "we'll unhook and you get in the boat I'll back you in and then go park." Seemed so easy, afterall this guy had launched hundreds of times here. Well aparently he never did it with an esay-loader trailer with rollers cuz about 4 ft from the water the boat started off the trailer with authority. I just road it out.....one bounce and actually slid into the water pretty smoothe. Luckily the 40 HP prop motor was up and didn't hit pavement. The cheers from the tourney guys waiting for send off is something I will never forget.
 

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lwrsusq said:
Fished one night, went to run back on, got on plane, and the boat shut off.. The next morning after an hour long trip back to the ramp via trolling motor in the dark, I found my kill switch lanyard on the floor of the boat...
Much the same........

Was pulling my little gal on a tube in the Allegheny when the motor just shut down. Couldn't figure out for the life of me what it was. Checked fuel lines, spark, spark plugs....... the whole 9 yards. A buddy who was also on the pool roped us up and started the 3 mile tow back. About 1/2 mile into the tow a lightbulb went on in my head. I reached down and put my thumb on the deadman's switch..... the clip was still in..... and gave it a push. It went "click". Hit the key and it fired right up !!!! I had been driving partly turned in my seat to be able to watch back to the tube and had somehow yanked the switch out just a whisker, but enough to kill everything.

Doh !!!!!
 
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