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#353988 - 10/22/07 03:35 PM If You're Gonna Foul Up, Foul Up Good!
MiddleCoaster Offline
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Registered: 09/13/04
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Loc: Iowa Great Lakes & Des Moines
Tale of two boats:

Went to the lake this Sunday (after the ISU/Oklahoma game on Saturday -- Go Clones!) to take the hoist covers off and get the boats out.

We always trailer the Lund home to the Toy Box(tm) and have the Cobalt picked up by the marina for storage.

Neither boat can leave, though, until we take the hoist covers off, since we can't reach to take the covers off without a boat in the hoist.

Sunday morning it is 40-some degrees, misting and with 25-30 mph winds from the NE. Our shoreline faces ENE.

Since we are there, and 200 miles from home, the Admiral and I decide we will try to take off the smaller hoist cover and get the fishing boat out -- there is a sheltered lagoon with a boat ramp nearby. No hope for the larger cover or boat this weekend.

Getting the cover off was EXCITING! Good thing the larger hoist and boat were downwind, to catch the smaller hoist cover as it blew away! No harm, no foul.

We had waves of around 2-3 feet -- a lot on our inland lake -- blowing in to shore as I attempted to back the Lund out of the hoist. Of course, it took a lot of water over the transom. To avoid taking even more water, I backed it downshore, towards the larger hoist as I came out of the smaller hoist.

EGADS! Between the wind and the waves, I was right on top of the dock! FORWARD! EGADS! There's the big boat and hoist!! \:o

To make a long story longer, I clipped the tilted drive unit on the Colbat (raised in the hoist) with the aft portside of the fishing boat.

Not satisfied with merely hurting one boat, I managed to put a nice scrape and a small puncture in the hull of the Lund, just about an inch below the gunwale, and about 4" forward of the transom, AND broke off about 1 to 1-1/2" of the back of the skeg on the Cobalt's BIII drive.

Proceeded to get the smaller boat out and on the trailer without further incident. The new Tundra towed it like there was nothing there.

At the marina, they call my annual list of work to be done on the Cobalt "The Novel". Guess it's time to write another chapter about repairing the skeg . . .

Does anyone have any advice about repairing the puncture in the Lund's aluminum hull?
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#353992 - 10/22/07 03:51 PM Re: If You're Gonna Foul Up, Foul Up Good! [Re: MiddleCoaster]
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Pound it out,put some jb weld on it to seal it (inside and out)
put a big fish decal over it call it good.
woosterken
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#353994 - 10/22/07 03:53 PM Re: If You're Gonna Foul Up, Foul Up Good! [Re: woosterken]
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Sounds more like "character" than damage to me
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#353996 - 10/22/07 03:59 PM Re: If You're Gonna Foul Up, Foul Up Good! [Re: HotByte]
Al Offline
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Registered: 01/14/03
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We punctured the bottom of a 12ft aluminum fishing boat one time; hauling wood for our deck. Hey, it was a trailer, and it was available.

Anyhoo, we went to get it heli-arc welded but the welder-guy used seen-on-tv DuraFix. Surprising how fast he did it, and the repair lasted for as long as we had the boat (several years). I have to say that I an NOT a believer in that TV stuff, but I gotta say, the stuff did work pretty good.

That makes 2 products that I believe in that are TV advertized; Flitz and DuraFix.
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#353997 - 10/22/07 04:01 PM Re: If You're Gonna Foul Up, Foul Up Good! [Re: HotByte]
Brian S Offline
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 Quote:
Sounds more like "character" than damage to me


I've seen quite a few boats with character built into their drives this year.


Check around for a good local aluminum TIG welder. By the sounds of it it will not be to hard to fix either one of them.
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#354003 - 10/22/07 04:14 PM Re: If You're Gonna Foul Up, Foul Up Good! [Re: Brian S]
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I like it! "Character" and "As seen on TV"

Gotta be careful about the big fish decal -- someone will think I actually catch 'em.

What a country!!!


Edited by MiddleCoaster (10/22/07 04:17 PM)
Edit Reason: Big Fish
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#354034 - 10/22/07 05:26 PM Re: If You're Gonna Foul Up, Foul Up Good! [Re: MiddleCoaster]
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MC, I was shuddering at what must have been going through your mind at this point..... "EGADS! Between the wind and the waves, I was right on top of the dock! FORWARD! EGADS! There's the big boat and hoist!! "

I'd have been trying to work a miracle to keep the boats apart but sometimes things just don't go the way you want.

Sorry to hear about your outdrive's "character". Betcha coulda gone all year without that happening.
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#354139 - 10/23/07 05:16 AM Re: If You're Gonna Foul Up, Foul Up Good! [Re: woosterken]
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Registered: 06/21/06
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Loc: Lake Wawasee, Indiana
 Originally Posted By: woosterken
Pound it out,put some jb weld on it to seal it (inside and out)
put a big fish decal over it call it good.
woosterken


Make that a Harley decal. Business is off (see Seabuddies post)
Sorry couldn't resist.
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#354204 - 10/23/07 09:48 AM Re: If You're Gonna Foul Up, Foul Up Good! [Re: nyminute]
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Sorry to hear all of this.

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#354208 - 10/23/07 10:00 AM Re: If You're Gonna Foul Up, Foul Up Good! [Re: seabuddy]
MiddleCoaster Offline
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Registered: 09/13/04
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Loc: Iowa Great Lakes & Des Moines
Nobody was hurt, all can be fixed. No impact on useability and little impact on value. Could have been a LOT worse.

Thanks for your suggestions and shared sorrow.

As with many "accidents" things start with a poor choice at the begining of a chain of events leading to the accident. I guess a wiser person would have aborted the mission of the day at some point in the chain of events -- or perhaps never started.

MJM \:\)
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