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  • #31
    Maybe someone didn't like flexing.

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    • #32
      Funny thing is I just got some aluminum to replace wood engine mount shims. Turns out I had plenty already!

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      • #33
        Make sure the trailer tongue is fully seated on the hitch ball.

        I had to buy a trailer to replace the original rotted on on the GPL 2100SL. Living in California at the time. Bought a dual axle bunk trailer for $600. Nice deal. Not fancy but solid. Redid the trailer brakes. Hooked it up in California and drove to Whidbey Island to pick up the boat. Launched the boat with my dad's vehicle then backed the new (old) trailer (straight from CA) down the ramp and loaded the boat. Half way thru the load the trailer came off the hitch.....

        Drove all the way up from CA to Whidbey with the trailer sitting....SITTING....on the hitch ball. Made me pucker....

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        • #34
          That story does have a high pucker factor. Glad you got out of The Golden State without spearing any of Mr. Smee’s and my neighbors.
          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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          • #35
            This summer when getting used to launch and loading techniques with our new to us boat "REEL FAST" I had pulled up to staging after loading area to strap the boat down to the trailer. Walking back I heard a nice sounding engine running turned the corner and saw the outdrive down with the prop turning. I launched my self into the boat and shut it down. Don't think I will do that again!!!

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            • #36
              Originally posted by Cummins12V98 View Post
              This summer when getting used to launch and loading techniques with our new to us boat "REEL FAST" I had pulled up to staging after loading area to strap the boat down to the trailer. Walking back I heard a nice sounding engine running turned the corner and saw the outdrive down with the prop turning. I launched my self into the boat and shut it down. Don't think I will do that again!!!
              Oh, now THAT is pure gold there! That's just hysterical! Thanks for sharing!
              -- 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 didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

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              • #37
                Some great stories coming out. My iPhone weather station shows temperatures ranging from 16 in Fairbanks, 23 in Eastern Oregon, 25 in Salt Lake City, 37 in Whatcom county, 36 in King County. Let's see more stories that you can recall as you sit dry and warm around the fireplace dreaming of boating yet to do.
                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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                • #38
                  When boating in the reservoirs around Northern California (Lake Don Pedro, New Hogan, Shasta, etc) the launch ramps are really long to accomodate the greatly fluctuating water levels and in some cases 6 or 8 lanes wide. You can always tell a newby....they back their boat all the way down the ramp, which takes a while, where the experienced just drive down the launch ramp, make a u-turn, and back the boat in to the launch lane they have picked on their way down the ramp.

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                  • #39
                    Launch ramp stories are great fun. As are Chittenden Lock stories. It's always very interesting to show up at the locks on Sunday afternoon...

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                    • #40
                      Went thru the locks one afternoon on a big crab boat, probably as big as the small locks would allow. The Captain had to use nearly full throttle to get the boat into the locks as the boat had to push nearly all the water out...someday I want a boat that big...

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                      • #41
                        Big crab boat was easy, you need to go through on a 21 Express with a group of 7-9 year old girls, and one dad helper who was not a boater, and secured us to the wall which didn’t move when the water was lowered. Those GP cleats are really strong and the boat developed an exciting list before I was able to untie the line.
                        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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                        • #42
                          I spent three summers as the sling launch and dry stack forklift operator at the Port of Edmonds back in college. I saw and experienced lots of stupidity during those years. From forgotten drain plugs to people forget their keys in the boat and realizing it after the boat was slung and hanging in mid air waiting for the trailer. But my favorite was a nice sunny afternoon and two guys pull up to the line and the driver jumps out going to pay and tells his buddy to get the straps and be ready to go. Buddy goes to work on unhooking boat from trailer(apparently including the bow chain), driver jumps into the truck, I wave him up to the launcher, driver stomps on the accelerator obviously excited to get in the water...and the boat rolls right off the trailer and lands hard on the ground. The driver basically pulled the trailer right out from under the boat.

                          Driver slams on the brakes and starts yelling at his friend. Took me back to Dumb and Dumber..."Richard....what'd you do!"
                          Glas-Hawk
                          Current Fleet - 1978 VIP w/4.3 V6 Merc (Glas-Hawk)
                          2002 10ft w/15hp Merc 4 stroke - Glas-Hawk2
                          1976 28ft w/twin Yanmars - Kaulquappe
                          Previous Affairs
                          1977 17 w/115 Merc Tower of Power
                          1980 2100SL w/470 Merc
                          1977 2100SL w/470 Merc
                          1979 18'6" "Donzi-Ply" w/470 Merc
                          1980 8'6" Dinghy w/2 OP (oar power)

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                          • #43
                            Ya, I worked doing the same thing after high school. Dock repair, gas dock, boat launch, and anything else that needed doing...

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by Binford View Post
                              Oh, now THAT is pure gold there! That's just hysterical! Thanks for sharing!
                              We had a couple other good ones. I was taking truck and trailer to park while two friends were getting boat ready. One was holding boat with ropes and one started boat with it in gear with outdrive up and blasted the guy standing behind boat!

                              Trying to figure best way to load boat a friend raised outdrive a but as not to drag bottom then proceeded to come towards the trailer except he started going sideways and with the wind and current drifted away from dock. We all laughed our AZZEZ off!

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                              • #45
                                Over five months since we’ve had a ‘Don’t ask me how I know this” story. Come on you new guys!
                                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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