Well, here goes. Swelltime! Are we ready? Is THIS the weekend? Oh and for those of you in Florida, just shut up. We know.. Oh, mr first time of the year, we have been boating all winter down here.. Yada yada.. This story is for the rest of the planet.. Wait, no there is New Zealand, they are just ending their boating season. Okay, maybe its just me?
I have been working on Sweet Pea all week between Zoom calls and other crap. But I have seen other boats starting to come out of hibernation. Many new boaters. So this year will be an interesting one for sure.
But is this the weekend? For you? Gonna go boating? And if you do. For gods sake take photos. Even better if you breakdown, and sink.. Sinking, or almost sinking would be click gold! For those horrified at my insensitiveness, Breaking down and almost sinking are part of the fun here in Woodyboaterville.
Soaking, swelling, is all part of the fun. Here are a bunch of things that are normal for the newer classic boaters.
- Drain Plug! Make sure its in. Seems rather obvious, but nerves get a little whacky on the first run.
- Your boat will take on water for a while, even with the plug in, but swell up over the summer. It’s okay. But check the rudder and stuffing box. Those are your leaky areas.
- You are going to have to adjust stuff by hand. For a while.
- BEFORE YOU START THE ENGINE, LIFT AND SNIFF for fuel smells. ALWAYS, EVERY TIME.
- Have a 5 gallon bucket with you. Put tools in it, but have it.
- DO NOT TAKE YOUR WIFE/ PARTNER/ PSSELQ/ WHATEVER OUT ON THE FIRST RIDE! The boat will sputter, smell, breakdown, leak, and they will never get in it again all summer. Work out the bugs. ALL NORMAL.
- Check all the fuel lines for small leaks. Fuel filter? Good battery? CELL PHONE charged.
- If you can head out with another chase boat. It’s okay if its another woody. You both are each others back up boat.
- Start the boat on land and make sure it all works before you head to the ramp. If you have a new engine, remember, break in time on our old engines is part of the life of the engine. Think Blue Jeans.
- Take it easy on the boat, a dried out boat flex’s. Its not tight on the sides and other areas and you will crack some varnish and just twist up stuff. Give her a chance to tighten up. No wake jumping.
Enjoy yourself, and tell us all about it. And for those of you wondering what a POSSLQ is. HERE. You have now learned something dumb for the day!