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Stupid Human Boating Tricks | from the Forums

As always, Stupid Human Boating Tricks from our very own Forums and I Love Boating Facebook page.

Posted by Expidia, Lieutenant Commander
I try and get away from ramps ASAP but . . .

It's still dangerous out there no matter what you do . . . Yesterday we tied our boat up to a town dock and my wife waited with the boat while I got the trailer to pull the boat out. As I was walking up the ramp an 18 or 20 foot boat was just sliding off the trailer on the side of the ramp. I could hear the boat owner’s friend talking to my wife about the weather as he held the lines and tied the boat off. She was standing in the middle of the dock, right next to his boat as it was being tied up directly opposite our boat.

As I and the other boat owner walked down the ramp together to our boats, we noticed his friend sitting in his boat with it already running.

I got a quick sickening feeling in my stomach when I heard the boat owner say to his friend . . . "Did you turn my blowers on?", and the friend’s reply back . . . "What’s a blower"?

All I could picture was his boat blowing up into smithereens along with my Wife standing right next to it.

It's like I don't have enough to remember already when launching and retrieving . . . now I can add another one to my list . . . don't be around anyone starting his "inboard" while at the dock.

[Editor’s note: This particular SHBT post contains additional comments and feedback from members about the need for blowers, venting gas fumes, and more – a great reminder on the dangers of gas fumes. Recommended reading!]

Posted by ahoy49, Seaman Apprentice
Just call me butthead

We bought our boat in late April - a 1983 18 foot open bow Celebrity. I couldn't wait to take her out. For our first trip the warden and I took her out and after about an hour the boat started to lose power, fade, and die. We had it towed back to the ramp, got it loaded, and headed home. The warden then tells me she thinks this boat is a piece of crap. I being "somewhat" intelligent agreed to a tune up, since I just know I am too smart to be sold a "piece of crap boat".

I took it to the shop at Inland Marine and had a $400 tune up. Oh man I couldn't wait to get her on the water again. After putting 8 gallons of gas in the tank I took it over to Carlylelake. After about an hour the boat started to do the same thing as before. OMG, was she right? I hoped not.

The next day we put in 5 more gallons of gas and went on the Meramec river. The boat did it again after about an hour. We had to be towed again. Half way to our destination I got the bright idea that maybe, just maybe we were out of gas. I called my cousin to bring me 5 gallons. Guess what? All of this stuff happened because I ran out of gas. Not once, but twice. I always thought I was "somewhat" intelligent. She says I'm stupid. I agree!!!!!

PS: Every time was a blast for me. I fished while she paddled!!!!

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