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  • What boating mistakes have you made?

    Hit floating Log= Spun and Bent Prop.

    Anchore Let loose = Got stuck in Shallow Water.

    Scrap Boat on Dock = A slight Mark on Boat but was able to remove.

    Left Depth Finder turned on = Dead Battery

    Used Lower than recommended Octane fuel by mistake = Didn't seem to bother the motor.

    Ran motor on Muffs with the Drive Up = Boat shook some be was ok after lowering.



    This was during the First Year of owning my Boat. We will see what year two brings.
    David THE 5am Boater
    1996 Glastron GS 205 BowRider Purchased 2/12/10
    40th Anniversary Edition V8 5.7 Cobra/Penta Volvo Outdrive.
    Tow Vehicle Ford 2004 F250 4 x 4 V10
    5am is not too early to go boating
    Wife and Kids just don't understand


  • #2
    Re: What boating mistakes have you made?

    Of all the boating mistakes, over the last 45 years of boating, I have probably made most of them once, a few of them twice, and the mistakes I haven't made, I either almost made, or am about to sometime in the next 45 years.

    I find that most of the mistakes come from being in a hurry and trying to do too many things at once.
    A man of constant boat tinkering.

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    • #3
      Re: What boating mistakes have you made?

      On a fiberglass fishing boat I used to have, I left a downrigger ball just a foot or so in the water while fighting a king salmon. Landed the salmon and took off to show the fish to my bother who was nearby in his boat. The 8 pound downrigger weight went flying and hit the corner of my boat removing some gel coat. It could have been so much worse.
      1996 Crestliner 2160 Phantom, 1996 Evinrude 130 HP
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      • #4
        Re: What boating mistakes have you made?

        Buying one.

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        • #5
          Re: What boating mistakes have you made?

          I hate to admit it but I drug the skeg up the ramp last year. Luckily no damage. Duh

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          • #6
            Re: What boating mistakes have you made?

            Originally posted by emilsr View Post
            Buying one.

            Ha, well, as they say, the 2 happiest days in a boat owners life is the day he buys it, and the day he sells it....


            I've chronicled a couple of things in the SHTWB section, but long story short, being new to boating, and starting with a houseboat, I didn't set the anchor well, and it got interesting...

            I was upwind on a windy day from my friends 28' Silverton. Set anchor maybe 75 yards from him, changed my shorts to pants since it was chilly, and stepped out the back door. I could have underhand tossed a ball to him I was so close.

            By the time I got back to the controls and started the boat again, I was along side him. I figured... correctly... that my outdrive was probably going to catch his mooring line, so I didn't put it in drive. With all the lines in the water, it was going to be difficult to power away from him, but we eventually, pushed the boats past each other, I quickly pulled my anchor in, and powered off before I drifted into the next boat in line behind him. That was probably week two with the boat.

            Also accidentally dropped my phone in the water. Caught up to it about 15ft down. I was in 70ft of water, much deeper and it would have been a writeoff.
            Another time, I missed a step from the inflatable to the boat, was in about 4ft of water. Kept my $5 transistor radio dry, forgot that same phone was in my pants pocket...

            Another time, was taking a nice slow cruise around the shoreline. Skirting some very shallow water with a rocky bottom. Noticed a dog was trying to chase its owner down the shore while she kayaked along. The dog decided to swim out across a deeper spot, got tired, and almost drowned. Was caught up in thinking I was gonna watch the poor thing die as I saw less and less snout above water, drove into the shallows, blew out my hydraulic lines on the outdrive when it caught a rock. I realized what was happening before the drive hit, and put it in neutral, so a dinged prop and a blown line was all I suffered.

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            • #7
              Re: What boating mistakes have you made?

              not going enough !!!!!!!
              ~~ This boat runs on gas, NOT thanks ~~

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              • #8
                Re: What boating mistakes have you made?

                This is just the latest of many mistakes I've made over the years.

                While at Lake Novillo in Mexico this past month I needed gas for my boat. Drove to the nearest town with a gas station with several six-gallon portable tanks in the back of the pickup. None of the tanks had reliable gas gauges on them. Told the station attendant to fill all of the tanks but didn't really watch while he did so. Next Morning added oil to the tanks, had the caretaker of my house put one full tank plus a two gallon can full of gas (with oil in it) in the boat and my wife and I took off fishing.

                Knew that eight gallons of gas would be more than enough to fish all day and get me back to the house. Noticed the motor smoking more than usual at low speeds but didn't think too much about it.

                Fished all day and added the two gallons before I started for the house. Ran out of gas about four miles down stream from my house with the wind and current both against us.

                Good strong trolling motor battery combined with muscle power applied to the one oar we had in the boat eventually got us home.

                THEN I checked the gas level in the other tanks. Every one was short filled. I figure I left that morning with somewhere around six gallons instead of the eight gallons I thought I had.

                In the U.S. where gas is sold by the gallon and paid for in dollars I would have caught the mistake at the station. In Mexico gas is sold by the litre and I was paying in Pesos so it slipped by me.

                Just in case you're wondering, the attendant didn't overcharge me, he simply didn't fill each tank to it's full capacity. Thereby leaving me with a lot less gas than I thought I had.









                .
                Las Cruces, New Mexico

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                • #9
                  Re: What boating mistakes have you made?

                  1st time out with our first boat, lightly grounded the prop in some mud and killed the engine. Wouldn't start so I jumped in to check the prop and drive. Water was 55 degrees as it was mid spring in Northern Nevada and I jumped in 3 seperate times. Finally figured out the boat was in gear which is why it wouldn't start. That was a cold day.

                  Ran aground when I was told to stay away from a marker. I was not informed to stay to the left of the marker (was a floating jug). Bent prop, bent prop shaft.

                  Various dings and scratches docking, etc. Nothing major, but irritating.
                  James
                  2002 Cobalt 226 with VP 8.1GI

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                  • #10
                    Re: What boating mistakes have you made?

                    Not enough time in a day for me to answer this question.
                    sigpic "Andrea C"

                    BOAT=Best Of All Times

                    "Everyday above ground is a good day"

                    Winterization=sneekers, jeans and a sweater.

                    Same Ship.....Different Day.

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                    • #11
                      Re: What boating mistakes have you made?

                      forget to lower outdrive and outboard a few times start it up and the whole marina can hear so i just lower it acting like i did nothing wrong. havnt done that this year.
                      repair shops are for the rich and lazy, want something done right? do it yourself.
                      with knowledge grants perfection

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                      • #12
                        Re: What boating mistakes have you made?

                        Took off w my bow mount trolling motor deployed and didnt notice until the spray hit my face!I cant believe it didnt snap off!! Another bad oops was when my brother and I left the ramp at 5am to go hunting,dark as heck and I didnt notice he had stood up,right beside me to get his gloves out of his pockets on the 30 degree morning.I throttled up and he fell,spun sideways,and almost fell off the back of my 18 jonboat.He hurt his ribs falling and twisting and we were both shaken by the what if? no lifejackets on.I learned two valuable lessons that morning.I always use pfds in the dark now and always tell passengers to hang on before going for liftoff.

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                        • #13
                          Re: What boating mistakes have you made?

                          Forgot to take the straps off once. I don't know how many times I have forgot to undo the emergency bow strap. And last year not really a human mistake but my livewell started overflowing. The fish I had put in the livewell spit a out a small fish it had eaten and thet fish got hung in the drain.

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                          • #14
                            Re: What boating mistakes have you made?

                            When I used to go skiing/tubing with my old boat I used to have a bad habit of leaving the boarding ladder down. Thought for sure one day I would tear it off.

                            Was getting ready to go out one day with my dad and wife when he was visiting. As we were getting the boat ready he had accidenatlly pulled the lanyard for the kill switch, of which I wasn't aware.

                            Got to the lake off-loaded th boat and parked the truck with no problems. That is until I tried to start the motor. Busy boat ramp, with fishermaen wanting to get back in and lots of thers going out for the day. Dad was really helpful by pushing us off the dock before I even had achance to sit down. tried to start and motor would turn over but not catch. Boat was adrift in a busy loading area with no power. After a few minutes I figured it out nad got it going, but not before I got a few stink eyes from the others around me.

                            On another note, I was the "victim" of a SHT. A fiend had a Sea-Doo challenger jet boat. He liked to get up to cruising speed then put it into reverse. the result was a large crest of water that the boat would then ride up on. Would get everyone around wet including the passengers in his boat. We were sitting and watching one day when he did this. We had the motor shut off and in neutral, basically drifting. He tried to do this close to us this particular day. As he came down off the crest the bow of his came down on the bow of ours. He took out a pice of gel coat about 3" long by 3/4" wide. No damage to his boat, just ours.
                            It's not just good, it's good enough...

                            Owning a boat does not make you a boater

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                            • #15
                              Re: What boating mistakes have you made?

                              Thanks for the replies.

                              Keep them coming.
                              David THE 5am Boater
                              1996 Glastron GS 205 BowRider Purchased 2/12/10
                              40th Anniversary Edition V8 5.7 Cobra/Penta Volvo Outdrive.
                              Tow Vehicle Ford 2004 F250 4 x 4 V10
                              5am is not too early to go boating
                              Wife and Kids just don't understand

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