First off let me tell you that I considered naming this thread "Think Twice Before Naming Your New Boat After a New Orleans Voodoo Queen". However, for the time being I am choosing to think of all the little "annoyances" we experienced on this trip as mere coincidence vice the handy work of some dark spirit! We took the new rig down to Lake Pomme de Terre this weekend for a shake-down cruise and some camping...all in all we had a pretty good time. Being the son of a sailor and having previously made my living sailing the seas I decided to give the Marie a proper christening complete with all of the ritual and ceremony often reserved for larger vessels. As I ended the brief ceremony declaring the new boat the Fishing Vessel (F/V) Marie Laveau my wife swung a bottle of Miller High Life (the champagne of beers) breaking it over the bow. We swept up all of the glass shards and launched the Marie into the lake. The 140hp Yamaha fired up effortlessly and I swung her over to the boarding dock to pick up the wife and kids. Three minutes into our trip the fisrt of this weekends "occurrences" happened--we were pulled over by the water fuzz. The officer had noticed that I had no numbers on my boat. After learning that the boat was newly purchased and a quick check of my safety gear he sent me on my way...no big deal. It was then that I began to put the Marie through her check out. She ran really nice through all RPMs forward and back. Even with a 15kt wind and a lot of lake traffic I was happy with how she handled the chop. I did notice a few things that will need to be fixed at the dealer though. The fuel gauge is non functioning as is the Humminbird 997c (it continuously cycles between a loading screen and the main menu...over and over again). Also the steering (hydraulic) seems VERY VERY stiff. Not sure what might be causing this but I know it can't be right. Even at idle speeds it nearly takes two hands to turn the wheel. At this point everything else seemed OK. We cruised the lake running the motor through her break-in procedures and explored the lake (which is new to me). We stopped at a couple points to catch a few perch and do some swimming. The girls were getting restless so we headed back to the launch point to get her out of the water. I made the small landing dock and sent my wife and older girl up to get the trailer. As they walk of I cast off the line and head back to start the boat...nothing happens. Remember the 15kt wind I mentioned earlier...well it is blowing me out into the lake. I quickly run up and drop the hook and stopped about 100 feet off the dock. Upon inspection I find that the the starter switch is not properly seated into the dash and is free spinning as I turn the key. Easy fix as I finger tighten the bracket; however, still no start. No I give it a look from below and notice that as the switch was free spinning a number of wires unplugged. I finally got her started again and pulled anchor and loaded back onto the trailer. Did I mention that I slipped on the algae covered boat ramp and smacked my head on the back of the ramp leaving a nice gash? So in summary -Visit from the water fuzz -Inoperable fuel gauge -Inoperable Humminbird 997c -VERY stiff hydraulic steering -Problems with starter switch -Slip on the boat ramp leading to gash in head Your guess is a good as mine...Voodoo shenanigins or just your normal shake-down happenings? Regardless it was great to get on the water and all in all I am thrilled with Marie and can't wait to get these few bugs fixed up. Just in case I also have been doing a little research this morning wrt Voodoo and it seems that practitioners of Voodoo believe in a god called Agwe' who rules over the sea, fish, and aquatic plants, as well as the patron god of fishermen and sailors ensuring safe maritime travels. There is a symbol for this Voodoo god which I plan to paint onto F/V Marie Laveau!