Posted 05-22-2004 at 11:08:59
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Well i learned something this week - follow your instincts. Even if it means exrta work. Even if it means mounting the tiller in line with the thrust tube behind a fishing boat. It started out innocently ehough - my 20-horse outboard took a dive so i had this 5-horse homelite pump in the garage. Hmm - by the time i'd thought "jet boat" i was firing it up on the dock and it seemed to run alright and pumped water like crazy.
So after torturing my plastic-tube-reshaping abilities and failing to come up with a decent slanty fitting that would be waterproof, i just got a closet flange, punched a round hole in the boat and gooped it in. The neighbor had a nice spare radiator hose for the outlet so we bounced a pipe over the stern and lit her up. Course we hadn't allowed for the wind and how much boat was exposed to it. The trusty motor balked for an hour til we took the air filter off, then it liked that.
Bruce took it around the loop and outside of some problems getting it to steer, seemed to be working okay. So i took the thing. Course, by then the motor was balking some which kept be at the stern, which lifted the bow, which absolutely refused to face the wind this way. Which naturally was blowing me across the lake. Then in an effort to provide a steering boost, i stuck one oar in the mud, lost my grip and it's still out there like some wayward fencepost. Looked like regardless of what i did, i'd end up at the resort. So i threw the anchor, rested and thought some. By now bruce was watching tv somewhere and we didn't have a rescue rig anyway that woulda worked.
So i kept the boat pointed at our shore, kept the pump wound up and eventually got outa the wind behind the trees sideways, landed at the winter access about a 1/2 mile down. Somewhat disgusted. And my legs keep reminding me it was a long walk home. The trailered boat is in sick bay. Haven't even looked that way. So i don't plan to do alot with it today - just think. Maybe it'd be easier to hang a really long prop shaft over the stern. :)