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  • Don't ask me how I know this....

    Here it is! And I even made it a Sticky!

    Post your "Don't ask me how I know that" story here!

    Bill V and his trailer wheel bearing story and Socal with his cleat removal technique can start it off. (I can't remember my own though! Maybe 'cause there've been so many!)
    -- Tim Taylor

    1979 Glasply 21-foot I/O Overnighter w/ 5.0L Volvo-Penta duoprop (Cardinal)
    1982 Glasply 16-foot runabout w/ 50hp Mercury OB (JV Junior)
    1978 Glasply 19-1/2 foot runabout, project boat (Beer Goggles)


    I wrote a song about a tortilla. Well actually, it’s more of a wrap.

  • #2
    Easy cleat removal

    Don't leave dock lines trailing from your cleats when you are pulling your trailer up the ramp. Unless you want to rapidly remove a cleat without tools, and get a lot of attention from what sounds like a gunshot. Don't ask ..................
    Last edited by Socal; 10-27-2015, 10:50 PM.
    The cruise liner QE2 moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel fuel that it burns.

    1982 28' Long Cabin "Molly Brown" sweating through a long hot summer. Massive California forest fires fill our sky with smoke. SUP paddlers and kayakers transit the harbor with abandon, thinking they have the right of way over all boats.

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    • #3
      EZ shore power plug removal
      I was tied up to the dock in Bell Harbor some years ago when I observed a 30' Uniflite departing one morning. Sitting on my back deck and enjoying my morning coffee I watched as he untied his mooring lines, climbed aboard and from the upper helm he backed out from the slip. I noticed what appeared to be his yellow shore power cord being stretched and I quickly started to wave at him to stop. He waved back and gave it some additional throttle. Needless to say, the cord finally tore the shore power receptacle completely off the dock and was dragging it in the water along with some conduit, wire and wood. Since then I have made it a practice to always unplug shore power before I start my engines. Oh, last time I saw that boat he was dragging everything behind him as he rounded the breakwater and disappeared, still dragging his yellow shore power cord.
      "Joint Venture" 1978 midcabin 28', twin 2017 Vortec roller cam "bullet proof" 383/6.3L full roller 350hp engines - You name it, I've either replaced it, restored it, rebuilt it, repainted it or repaired it. That's my job now that I'm retired.

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      • #4
        I fell in the water at the dock on American Lake while JJC was maneuvering towards the dock. It was a cold ride home.
        1981 Hardtop Cuddy Alaskan Bulkhead Rebuild Thread
        1972 HT Cuddy-Rebuild Thread
        8' 650cc Kawasaki powered dinghy

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        • #5
          Originally posted by nova7163 View Post
          I fell in the water at the dock on American Lake while JJC was maneuvering towards the dock. It was a cold ride home.
          is there something you learned from this?
          "Joint Venture" 1978 midcabin 28', twin 2017 Vortec roller cam "bullet proof" 383/6.3L full roller 350hp engines - You name it, I've either replaced it, restored it, rebuilt it, repainted it or repaired it. That's my job now that I'm retired.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Bill V View Post
            is there something you learned from this?
            Stay in the boat till he gets closer.


            Or carry a spare set of clothes.
            1981 Hardtop Cuddy Alaskan Bulkhead Rebuild Thread
            1972 HT Cuddy-Rebuild Thread
            8' 650cc Kawasaki powered dinghy

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            • #7
              I think this was very funny. My wife and I had just returned to the Kingston ramp to pull the boat out after a great day of fishing. We tied the boat up and I went to get the trailer when I was backing the trailer down the ramp I noticed in my mirror that the boat was floating away from the dock and she was inside it. Another boater was there putting his boat in and helped her out when I asked what the heck she was doing she said "well I left my purse in the boat and wanted to get it out before you put it on the trailer so I hopped in to grab it when I looked up the boat was moving away from the dock. I forgot that I had untied the boat and was holding onto the ropes." I started laughing so hard I was rolling around on the dock. Lesson learned she leaves her purse in the boat until we get the boat out of the water. The look on her face was priceless. I make sure I bring it up every time we take the boat out now with a big grin on my face. In fact I'm laughing a little now just thinking about it.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Tobias View Post
                I make sure I bring it up every time we take the boat out now with a big grin on my face. In fact I'm laughing a little now just thinking about it.
                Great story, but I think you're pushing your luck if you mention it every time you go out in the boat. Your WAR may evaporate.
                The cruise liner QE2 moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel fuel that it burns.

                1982 28' Long Cabin "Molly Brown" sweating through a long hot summer. Massive California forest fires fill our sky with smoke. SUP paddlers and kayakers transit the harbor with abandon, thinking they have the right of way over all boats.

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                • #9
                  I think I found a true winner when I married her. She loves to fish, she just took up golf this year and I can't keep her off the course. And her idea of punishing me when I go hunting or fishing is to make me take her a couple of times for each time I go without her. So lesson learned go without her one time and take her twice darn the luck.

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                  • #10
                    SKEG SHAPED HOLES IN MY GARAGE DOOR
                    don't ask me how a professional driver knows.

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                    • #11
                      I think I know someone that had a boat and trailer go through his garage.
                      1981 Hardtop Cuddy Alaskan Bulkhead Rebuild Thread
                      1972 HT Cuddy-Rebuild Thread
                      8' 650cc Kawasaki powered dinghy

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by nova7163 View Post
                        I think I know someone that had a boat and trailer go through his garage.
                        Yup I know him too. Never move your boat or any trailer without hooking up the safety chains, evendors if it juse 50'. December 23 2005 my wife comes down the street from Christmas shopping as I'm backing in a 1975 21' glasply. Our driveway is a bit steep down to the garage, and just as the front of the boat crowns the driveway all I see in my rear view mirror is the tongue of the trailer pointed to the sky. Wife watched the whole thing go down. The 21' glasply is stronger then the corner of a house tho. Boat had no damage and the house, well it's fixed now. Fast forward 9 years and I find out the safety chains do no good when going down hill, the tailgate of the truck makes it all stop. I hate my driveway

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                        • #13
                          Nova,
                          Who was the guy with the sharp Sawzall?
                          The cruise liner QE2 moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel fuel that it burns.

                          1982 28' Long Cabin "Molly Brown" sweating through a long hot summer. Massive California forest fires fill our sky with smoke. SUP paddlers and kayakers transit the harbor with abandon, thinking they have the right of way over all boats.

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                          • #14
                            Not sure who you are talking about?
                            1981 Hardtop Cuddy Alaskan Bulkhead Rebuild Thread
                            1972 HT Cuddy-Rebuild Thread
                            8' 650cc Kawasaki powered dinghy

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                            • #15
                              When motoring into a crowded Anchorage last summer, we had our bow crossed by a big, ostentatious chunk of fibreglass with huge engines and full of Yahoo's. The wake was impressive, and we had no choice but to plow through it. Pescador went up, Pescador went down, the hatch popped open, and five gallons of sea water landed in the middle of the bed.#&_@+*!!! The moral of the story, always lock down the front hatch!!!
                              Paul & Ellen

                              1980 2100 Series Cuddy Cabin
                              2016 Rendezvous Long Distance Award - "Vasco de Glasply"

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