My "Oh No" moment

Discussion in 'Boating Stories' started by CatHunter24, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. CatHunter24

    CatHunter24 New Member

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    Saturday got the boat out briefly to run it since it had not been ran since labor day. I had not had time to put stabil in that day and didn't plan on it sitting that long. Needless to say I already was expecting a bad day at the ramp and figured I would find the boat not willing to start or that I have gummed up my carbs (only thing that had me clinging to hope is that my motor is a Yamaha and they are dang good motors and pretty tolerant).

    Long story short, I put the boat in the water, and after a few tries get her to fire up and sounding strong. Then my stomach dropped. No water was coming out the "pee hole". I hurried up, as i was already off the trailer and beached the boat and turned it off. After fiddling around a while and cursing, figuring it was an impeller problem. I looked at the pee hole after tilting the motor up and found that it looked to be clogged. After disconnecting the tube to the pee hole, i confirmed my suspicion by starting the motor up and water coming out the tube. After straightening out a hook I pushed the heavily caked dirt out of the hole and reattached the hose, all was good as new. I have been told mud dobbers sometimes do this or it just somehow gets dirt particles packed together and stops up at times. Either way I wanted to share this story so if anyone ever had a similar problem they may be able to try this and possibly find the problem quicker than I did. :smile2:
     
  2. oh no

    oh no New Member

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    Someone is using my name in vain:smile2::smile2:
     

  3. flatheadslayer

    flatheadslayer New Member

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    yeah around here if you let your boat sit for 3 or 4 weeks you'd BETTER check that pee hole.them dirtdobbers will stop up any hole they can find.glad you caught tho.
     
  4. Snagged2

    Snagged2 New Member

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    Glad you got it figured out!! Thx for the reminder!!
     
  5. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    We don't see this commented on much but most of us has had this problem. Thanks for the reminder. Glad you caught it in time. Thanks.
     
  6. CatHunter24

    CatHunter24 New Member

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    You're right mickey, I don't know why I never thought about it being a common problem, but I guess being new to boat ownership I didn't thing about the little things that could be clogged and simply fixed right off the bat. Guess with my luck I figured it was a major problem right away, assuming the worst.

    I'm sure most guys have had this problem, and this post seemed redundant, but many a few newbies like me will read this and save them some time and possibly equipment failure. :confused2:
     
  7. JEFFRODAMIS

    JEFFRODAMIS New Member

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    i would have overlooked it:eek:oooh:
     
  8. Welder

    Welder New Member

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    I keep a small tool set on the boat and one of the things is a 12inch chunk of bailen wire just in case a dirt dobber, sand, mudd ect clogs the pee hole. I also keep a plug wrench, spare plugs, screw drivers and a few wrenchs onboard. Never know when pluggs are gona foul out on ya ect. Other good things to have spare prop and parts and spare fuel connectors, spare fuel filter. I had a fuel connector go bad 2 times on me cause the ethenal mixed with fuel softens and swells the rubber rings in the connection. Also if ya boat is gona sit for a few weeks to months put Sea Foam or Stabil in the fuel and Runn the motor every few weeks just a start up and shut down. I also keep my Batterys on a charger-stablizer just so they stay fully charged and hot.
     
  9. Jollymon

    Jollymon Well-Known Member

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    Curtis i,m glad for you that it was just a stopped up hole an not a impeller problem .
     
  10. CatHunter24

    CatHunter24 New Member

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    All great advice welder, thanks. I keep some tools, including zip ties, duck tape, plug wrench and plugs. I need to get more fuel fittings and filters as well as a spare prop. Been wanting that prop for awhile but they are expensive but i know invaluable so you are not dead on the water. I too use a stabilzer charge system...but i plug it in every so often to maintain the batteries, maybe i should run it constantly? I know that the ethanol in fuel today is playing havoc on marine engines....so I ran a good 10 gals of stabil treated gas through the outboard. Shouldn't sit for more than 2 weeks at most now anyhow. :wink:
     
  11. tiny b

    tiny b Active Member

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    I'm glad that was all it was.Had the same thing happen to mine about three weeks ago. Sure gives you a bad feeling in your gut when you look back and don't see anything coming out.
     
  12. Catfishboy1995

    Catfishboy1995 New Member

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    Might want to add a prop wrench...that spare prop is worthless with out a prop wrench!!lol:smile2::smile2::wink:
     
  13. Welder

    Welder New Member

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    I did forget to add a wrench for the prop in the list lol. Its just the lil things that can beat down a BIG problem :big_smile: