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Old 03-07-2011, 12:20 PM   #1
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Since we have been in Florida I have gotten into the habit of taking the puppies for a ''boat ride'' about every evening. They love the boat and they all are determined to sit on my lap during the ride. It is a contest between them as to which one can sit the ''highest'' on me for the most breeze and the best view.

Willa has gone on a seven day cruise with 3 other ladies and me and the puppies have been ''batchin' in'' for the duration. Yesterday evening I decided it might be a good diversion to take the puppies for a boat ride. ''BAD DECISION''.....

I went out and untied the boat from the fire pit and rolled up the rope and tossed it into the bow of the boat. I got into the boat and dipped out the rain water and started the engine. The puppies were standing in the door of the coach watching me intently and only after I ''gave the signal'' would they come out to the boat. I left the engine idling and went back to the coach and told the puppies ''OK'' and they bounded out heading for the boat. I locked the door of the coach and headed down to the boat. I put the dogs into the boat and crawled back to the back seat and dropped the shifter into reverse to back out off the beach. I had not noticed but the prop was stuck in the sand and when the engine went into reverse the tiller handle jerked to the left violently and the motor stalled because the prop did not turn because it was stuck in the bottom …...... I said ''shux'', put the motor in neutral and re started the engine and wiggled the motor getting the prop unstuck from the sand bottom. I even tilted the motor to be sure everything was ship shape. I reversed again and the boat started moving out into the current. As I started to sit down the motor stopped pulling. ''Hummmmmmm?'' It was still running but we stopped backing up. ''Hummmmm?'' I put the motor in forward and nothing happened. By now we were drifting away from the camp sight, the dogs were all excited trying to get into my lap and I had no propulsion on the motor. I said ''Shux'' again, tossed the dogs off my lap and re shifted the motor without effect. Now I said ''SHUX'' again and reached for my paddle and finally got back to our camp sight shore line. I turned off the motor and dragged the boat back up on shore. The puppies were all sitting in the boat looking bewildered waiting for their boat ride which had not happened yet. I went around to the back of the boat and dragged it up on shore and took a stick and turned the prop with the motor in gear. ''AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH''.. I had sheared off the sheer pin in the prop when I put the thing in reverse with the prop stuck. This sheer pin is a safety devise to prevent damage to the prop/lower unit if you are stupid enough to put the motor in gear with it stuck in the sand. I took off the cowling of the motor and found a spare sheer pin in a small holder on the inside of the casing of the motor. I carefully removed it and put it in my mouth so I would not loose it The puppies were watching patiently while I fumbled with the gas line and un did the clamps to remove the motor. They finally decided that there was not going to be a ''ride'' so Gus jumped out of the boat into water about six inches deep and he was followed by Finnie in short order. They proceeded to the sand shore line to investigate and Gypsy bounded out into the water to help the guys. The ''guys'' got their belly wet and Gypsy got soaked because she is short. I finally got the motor un hooked and started toward shore when I accidentally knocked off my cell phone in the water while I was carrying the motor to shore. I said ''S H U X '' and grabbed the cell phone out of six inches of water and I stepped on a sharp sea shell and managed to drop the motor on my left foot. When I had said the last ''shux'' I managed to drop the sheer pin from between my lips into the water. With all the commotion the dogs decided to come over and investigate what I was doing and they waded out into the water for a ''look around''. I got the motor off my foot and got it on to the sand shore and went back out and sifted for the sheer pin. Ten minutes later I finally found it. I grabbed my wrench and went back to the motor, removed the prop and as I was installing the new sheer pin Finnie decided it was time to come over to me and ''shake''...... You know how a dog will shake to remove excess water from their fur.... Remember that Finnie has a ''long hair show coat'' and he can absorb about five gallons of water when wet. Any part of me that wasn't already wet was wet now. I said ''SUN ON THE BEACH'' real loud because I had dropped my sheer pin in the sand again when Finnie gave me the shower. Here I was with three wet dogs, a cut foot, a motor with sand and water in the power head of the motor, soaked to the skin and a wet cell phone and I had lost my sheer pin again. In my haste I had forgotten to tie up the boat and when I looked around the boat was drifting away in the current. I really believe if I had my shotgun I would have ''shot the boat''. I grabbed the bow of the boat and pitched the rope on shore and ran and hooked the boat back to the fire pit. Finnie and Gus thought I had invented a game so they were splashing around in the surf and barking. Gypsy was over on shore eating a dead fish. I finally put the dogs in the outside pen, washed off the cell phone in the sink and removed the battery to let it dry out. I finally found the sheer pin again and installed same in the propeller of the motor and took some spare gas and washed the sand and water out of the power head of the motor.

The motor is back on the boat now and it works fine. My cell phone seems to be ok except voices on it sound like they are underwater and instead of ''ringing'' it just kinda ''burbles''. The puppies are dried out and peacefully sleeping on the sofa and my cut foot is just a bad scratch and I got a purple place on my big toe from dropping the motor on it. All is right with the world and we may just may try the boat ride again tomorrow.

I sure will be glad for My Willa to get back home ….....

THREE DOGS (dry now)
ONE CELL PHONE (once wet with a special ring tone now)
ONE BOAT (slightly used with a new sheer pin in the prop)

God bless our troops and bring them home real soon......

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Old 03-07-2011, 12:41 PM   #2
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Seajay old buddy, could you do us all a favour? When you post something like this please mention in the title "Beware Morning Coffee Drinkers" I am really starting to get annoyed at the keyboard cleaning costs!

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I was thinking you might want to put a sit on the toilet warning or wear adult diapers because I was laughing so hard I could have P'd my pants. Thanks that was great and I am amazed! I have never found a shear pin once dropped even on the driveway you are truly the man!
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Old 03-08-2011, 05:25 AM   #4
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Now I know why they station Marines on Navy Ships

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Now I know why they station Marines on Navy Ships

Yup......typical sailor man. Must be a Marine somewhere in his vicinity that could watch over him while Willa's gone.

Hang in there buddy .... she'll be back in no time to keep you on course.

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Originally Posted by Seajay View Post

I really believe if I had my shotgun I would have ''shot the boat''..
Reminds me of my favorite M*A*S*H show where Colonel Potter pulled out his pistol and shot his jeep after Frank Burns ran over it with a tank, putting the jeep out of it's misery.

Seajay, I really like your posts. Do these things really happen??

And, don't sell the dogs!! Just the boat.
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.. Do these things really happen??
Probably not the SHUX part.

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All those SHUX's in one place. I'm amazed by the things I learn here, and it's no wonder I choose the infantry! What's a shear pin again? LMAO!
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Some one tell me one more time................................How does the Navy operate a huge ship with sailors like seajay?
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What I heard: When the main engine of the huge ship won't start, 25 marines jump in the water and start pushing.
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Ya'll remember that the Marines are guarding Heaven's scene.

So they are looking down, see Seajay, know all the garbage he has posted about Marines, and say:

"Let's have a little fun!"
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I want it understood that Wayne the Marine may be on to something. I have never thought about it but it seems that a lot of my problems are ''water'' related. HUMMMMM? Ok, Water... Boats... My boat turning against me. Falling out of the boat twice.... HUMMMMM? .... Boat Motor trouble and all the stuff that went with that. HUMMMMM? The bad part about what I say about Wayne the Marine and Marines in general is based on truth and fact as I have seen them. Maybe they are looking down and ''gettin even or just having a laugh''. No matter, everyone knows that I highly respect and admire ''OUR Wards Called the U.S. Marine Corps'' and how My Navy always looks out for our MARINES seeing to their well being 'cause we need them for the stuff they do for us 'cause they are a really small part of My Navy....... (ping) .....

All in fun my brother.......... Semper Fi ..........

ps. Yep, this really happened. I aint smart enough to make this stuff up......

God bless our troops and keep them safe ...........

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