What if something happened to your motor, or you started taking on water? I'm just curious how many people know a little something about boats. I have some quirky habits that have saved me a time or two. Before I go to the lake each time, I put a charger on both of my batteries to make sure they are fully charged. I don't use my trolling motor much, but I still want it fully charged just in case something happens to my cranking battery. I made a set jumper wires (out of 4 gauge wire) that will reach from my trolling motor battery to my cranking battery so I can connect them together if needed. When I take the batter charger off, I hook up the muffs and start the engine and let it run for a few minutes. Then when I get to the ramp, the engine has already been warmed up and it fires right up. Every once in a while I flip on the bilge, just to see if there's any water to be pumped out. I have a built in ice chest, and if I don't plug the bottom when the ice melts, it drains into the bilge. The overflow from my livewell does the same thing. One time I had launched the boat, idled out of the no wake zone and stopped to fish an area before ever getting on plane. I had been there a while and I flipped on the pump. It does like it normally does, pumped a little water out. When I went to flip it back off, after a couple of seconds, I noticed it was still pumping out water. I initially didn't think anything of it, but I left it on a few more seconds. It kept on pumping water out. :angry: The first thing that came to my mind was that something had happened to the plug and that I was taking on water. I thought I'd fire up the boat, get up on plane and let some water out then see what was wrong. I had taken on enough water that I couldn't plane out. I headed for a shallow water spot (all while the bilge was still pumping out water). I got as shallow as I could and then got out to check the plug. I couldn't see in the murky water, but I could feel that there was no plug in there. I got the extra plug and put it in. To this day, I believe that I put the plug in. When I head for the lake, i put the plug in the center console of the truck and when I back down the ramp I stop to put it in. I don't know what happened to it, but that habit of flipping on the bilge pump may have saved me from taking on too much water to fix the problem.