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Offline Cannon

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Had a rough one this weekend
« on: September 18, 2017, 03:05:50 PM »
The wife and I had planned a three day event for the last three days. I hate to admit it, but after being sick for two and a half months, it is going to take some time to get back where I was before this cellulitis thing started.
I brought the boat home last Monday to rebuild the water pump. I had ordered a kit for the rebuild and it showed up on Tuesday. Not a big deal, pulled it apart, went to pull the housing off, and had one heck of a problem, the housing wouldn't pop off. Turned out that the housing had gotten hot and started to melt, seizing on the washers that sit between the housing and the impeller. No biggie, I called around and found the extra parts I needed in Gladstone 45 miles up the freeway. Got home, slapped it back together and proceeded to pack for our three-day relaxing fishing trip. I spent the majority of Friday getting my punch list complete so that when the wife got home we could take off without a hiccup.
We pulled into Newport right on schedule, dumped the boat, unhitched and locked the trailer, then drove my wife over to D dock so she could assist docking in the wind. I ran back over to the loading dock, hopped in the boat, fired her up and let her warm up before running over to the slip. Once she was warm, I slipped the lines, hopped in and put her in reverse. The engine revved up, but didn't go into gear... with a sick feeling in my gut, I shifted into forward, again, nothing.
I knew exactly what was wrong, I had not paid attention and the shifter linkage hadn't lined up when I put it back together.  I then ran back over to D dock to let my wife know we wouldn't be sleeping in the boat that night. I then hooked up the trailer, backed down the ramp and handlined the boat back on the trailer. By then it was dark out, and I was at the end of my energy, and really p*ssed of at myself.  When loading up that morning gettin ready to head over I thought, no point in bringing my tool box, after all, I had just fixed the only thing that could have possibly gone wrong; right?
Well, no tools, nearing nine o'clock in the evening, in a small coastal town where the sidewalks are rolled up by seven, hotel and dinner became the priority.
We had a quick burger [emoji488], and surfed the phone to find a cheap hotel. Found one for a hundred bucks, and headed over to get some rest. By this time, I am so cranky I could chew my own leg off! Got into our room, real small, but nice and clean. Sat on the bed, and I am surprised I didn't get a broken spring stuck in my butt. Not going to let this ordeal get the best of me, I broke out a fifth of Brokentop bourbon to de stress the evening. Jan (my wife) had two glasses, I had several 🤠. Both of us also use CPAP's which are still in the boat, on the trailer, back at the Marina. Oh well, we will make it! Two AM, the wife wakes me up from a sound sleep [emoji42] to take the dog outside to pee. From that point on, I couldn't get back to sleep. My back was killing me and the broken springs were sticking me in the back so attaining any real rest was out of the question.  We rolled out of bed at daylight, went and grabbed some coffee and a roll then headed to Walmart to buy some cheap sockets so I could pull the bottom end off. I was so burned out, I grabbed some 1/2 inch drive sockets and a 3/8th ratchet. Of coarse, I didn't figure that out until I got back to the boat. Soooo, hopped back in the truck, drove to the first auto part store I came to went in and found that they only had half of the sockets I needed. Bought what they had, then drove to the next parts place and got the last socket I needed.
Back at the boat, it took me about 15 minutes to drop the bottom end enough to get the shifter into the the splined socket, and bolt it back together.
Dropped the boat in, dropped the trailer, ran the wife over to D dock, walked back to the loading dock, motored over to the slip, tied off without incident, crawled into bed, slept till dinner time, ate a wee bit, went back to bed, slept till nine the next morning. Nice bed, boat rocking in the breeze, priceless!
We played around in the bay the next day, but my energy level was still low so no fishing or crabbing [emoji886]. We did stop at the Mad Dog tavern for some lunch, then back to the slip for some more R&R. Todd and his wife (don't know their last name) stopped by early evening for a look at the boat.
Another great nights sleep, rain tapping on the roof, just a nice evening with my wife. Next morning, our last day, we decided to bag it and come home. I'm retired, but my wife is not, and I hate to send her in to work feeling burned out.
I did walk over to CGRFISH's boat on dock A. I haven't seen a lot of Tolmans up close so it is nice to look at what others have done. His boat is nice! His finish puts mine to shame, but in truth I built to go fishing, although this year, that hasn't materialized. My hat is off to his craftsmanship!🤠
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« Last Edit: September 18, 2017, 07:13:19 PM by Cannon »
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Offline cj8mule

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Re: Had a rough one this weekend
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2017, 05:07:51 PM »
I've got several stories like that Kent!  It still sounds like you guys salvaged the weekend.  I hope you get to feeling better!


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Re: Had a rough one this weekend
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2017, 06:05:23 PM »
Cannon
 Man.... I think we probably all have a water pump related story, but yours was at the extreme. Glad you stuck with it and prevailed  . I know a few people that quit boating for good after  lesser  incidents!

 
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Re: Had a rough one this weekend
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2017, 07:07:54 PM »
Can't quit, there are fish waiting for me! When I pulled th boat home last Monday, I unhitched and went to pull away, one of the cables caught on the hitch...
I remember a thread not to long ago that addressed this issue. I now have hot dipped chains...


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Re: Had a rough one this weekend
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2017, 06:04:42 AM »
Thanks for that ... good to know we're not alone when stuff like this happens.  Sometimes the stars refuse to align!  Glad you're feeling better and getting a chance to get out in the boat again.  That's gotta feel good!

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Re: Had a rough one this weekend
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2017, 08:14:40 AM »
Stay at it, Cannon!  Your story is an inspiration to me, and I am sure to many more on this forum.  I too got sick last December or I would be hard at building a Jumbo 25 by now. Instead I am moving slower - but at least now I am moving in the right direction.  I have the boards, the epoxy should show up next Monday, and the fiberglass by the end of this week.  I just need to finish my garage clean out and build a frame.

It is very inspiring to learn about others overcoming adversity and bouncing back.  Thanks for sharing your story.  I think I speak for many others when I say I feel pretty bonded with some of you folk, that I have not yet met in person.  And yet, we are all rooting for each other.  Maybe in a few months I will be towing my creation down to Oregon to see what all the fishing excitement is about.

Congrats on your bouncing back!
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Re: Had a rough one this weekend
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2017, 02:38:20 PM »
That is a rough weekend, hang in there it will get better.  And thanks for the compliments, wrapping up three years on the water and I still love my boat!
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Re: Had a rough one this weekend
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2017, 06:40:42 PM »
Bottom fishing is closed, salmon fishing isn't great, and tuna sucks this year. Good thing you're getting all of the bad luck out of the way this year so you can take advantage of the better conditions that are bound to happen next year.
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Re: Had a rough one this weekend
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2017, 06:43:04 PM »
I'm going for Tuna Saturday, weather permitting.


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Re: Had a rough one this weekend
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2017, 09:01:24 AM »
It does suck when mechanicals happen.  I lost a weekend with a rented cabin because of a blown sparkplug that required shop work.  Just packed it in and went home.  Nice that you could salvage the trip.  I have slept in the boat on the trailer a time or 2.  Parking lot says not to but I can't read.  I know several that do so as well and no one said a thing.  We also have a friend with some land rented near the water that we camp on with the boat on the trailer with family and friends, it makes a pretty good travel trailer.  Glad you were able to get it fixed and back on the water. 
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Re: Had a rough one this weekend
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2017, 10:06:07 PM »
Sorry to hear about your break down, like others have mentioned my old boat I had numerous issues, never the same thing.  One year I lost a week of salmon fishing for my vacation, worst thing was the salmon were in and biting.
Good luck tuna fishing if the weather permits.  All summer tuna have been way out, maybe they are within range now?