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Tin boat maiden voyage (for me)

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Well I got to dunk the tin boat today and it performed to my expectations.  Bilge pump only kicked on 3 times in 5 hours  so not bad in my mind.

 

Boat ramp was easy even though it was my first time dunking a boat alone.   They have a decent dock at Mousam Lake.

 

Splash the boat, tie to end of dock and get the truck and trailer up to the parking area.   It was busy today.

 

When I bought the new motor  the mechanic told me the 4 strokes are a little cold blooded so I tooled away from the dock with the trolling motor.   

 

100 yards from the dock I decided to start the Merc.   Pull the choke and pull,  nothing, pull again and nothing.  It wasn't until after the 6 th pull did I look down and notice that I didn't have the gas line plugged in.:laugh:

 

Plug in fuel line and 1 pull and the motor was running.   

 

getting rid of the 25 was a good move in my mind as the bow was pointing a little high with my fat arse on the back end.   Next trip will have 2 50# sandbags in the bow.

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Now I have to figure out how to read the fish finder.   Depth and speed is self explanatory.  Interpreting the rest will take a little practice.

 

I was watching the screen and it was reading 32 ft with what I think were a fish or 2 at 20 ft.  So I drop a rebel down to 20 ft with the down rigger and start trolling back and forth.  

 

I was watching other boats in the area and not looking at the screen when the water depth jumped up to 15 feet.  Crap, too late as the ball had the bottom.  Hit neutral and try cranking which was a futile effort.  Put it in reverse and back down and the ball came up easily.

 

Now back to the dock.  Tie up the boat and grab the trailer.  There is a line waiting to get boats in so I get there  there is a glass boat in front of my boat tied up.   

 

They couldn't get theirs started so had rope my boat around theirs.

 

Load mine and head for home.   I'm happy with it.

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2 mins ago, Kml said:

Nice job and looks like a beautiful day up there. 

Why did the bilge pump come on at all?

 

There was some water in the bottom from sitting in the yard was my first thought.  2nd and 3rd time I have no idea.  

Possibly the plug not tight enough or maybe a bad rivet underneath somewhere. 

 

I'll probably level it out in the driveway and put a few inches of water inside then crawl underneath.

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Just now, DMacLeod said:

There was some water in the bottom from sitting in the yard was my first thought.  2nd and 3rd time I have no idea.  

Possibly the plug not tight enough or maybe a bad rivet underneath somewhere. 

 

I'll probably level it out in the driveway and put a few inches of water inside then crawl underneath.

Do you pull the plug when driving to and from the ramp?

If not you should be doing that. driving up and down the hills is a great way to get all the water out. 

 

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2 mins ago, Kml said:

Do you pull the plug when driving to and from the ramp?

If not you should be doing that. driving up and down the hills is a great way to get all the water out. 

 

I didn't this time but will from now on.   Also a good way to make sure the plug is in and tight.

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