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#10933437 - 06/22/15 04:16 PM Harrowing experience on Cedar Creek
jp24 Offline
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Registered: 01/09/10
Posts: 74
Loc: Texas
Put my 18-foot 2002 G3 aluminum boat in at the Enchanted Oaks ramp at about 6:00 pm this past Saturday to try to catch some crappie. Was fishing docks on the main lake side of Enchanted Oaks Island when I saw a wicked storm coming. Headed in immediately. Had to stop on South side of that levee that leads to the island because a boater needed help. Pulled him to shore, as the winds started coming. Gunned it the 200 yards to my friend’s boat dock, south of the Enchanted Island ramp, and put the boat alongside the walkway to his dock, which extends out about a hundred feet.

For the next hour, we tried to keep the boat afloat. MAJOR MAJOR waves.

We turned the transom toward the shore, tied the stern to a tree, and the bow to a pole on the dock. The transom area finally flooded, but the 100 HP Yamaha was hitting bottom, so it never went under. By the time the storm subsided, which seemed like an hour but probably wasn’t, I had a foot or more of water under the console; stern about six inches underwater. Bow stayed up.

We towed it to the ramp and cranked it onto the trailer.

That was Saturday. I’m home now, boat’s in garage.

Questions:

1. The motor appears fine, but I haven’t cranked it. What do I look for?
2. My LSS module probably got wet. It’s mounted vertically under the console. Any tips here?
3. I was in the Navy for 10 years, and when a major storm was coming, we took ships out to sea, because they’re safer there than alongside the piers. When this happens on lakes, and you don’t have time to trailer or hoist your boat, do you still go to the downwind bank??
4. What could we have done where we were to prevent what happened?
Thanks.


Edited by jp24 (06/22/15 04:22 PM)

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#10933706 - 06/22/15 06:38 PM Re: Harrowing experience on Cedar Creek [Re: jp24]
Eric Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 09/29/01
Posts: 3326
Loc: Cedar creek
Glad you are ok Forest. BUT the main question is....... did you catch any crappie???? Hope so.

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#10933754 - 06/22/15 07:08 PM Re: Harrowing experience on Cedar Creek [Re: jp24]
Moose364 Offline
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Registered: 05/19/09
Posts: 145
Loc: East Texas
If the water got up to the motor cover, I would at the least pull the plugs before turning it over,
Don't have a clue about the LSS mod, I would think it would be waterproof, might look it up on the old interweb,
I always go to the shore the wind is blowing from, so I guess Up wind,
Auto bilge pump would have saved the day. Or at least help a lot,
Main thing is everyone is safe and sound,
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#10933946 - 06/22/15 08:46 PM Re: Harrowing experience on Cedar Creek [Re: Moose364]
jp24 Offline
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Registered: 01/09/10
Posts: 74
Loc: Texas
Caught three, Eric -- and had to scoot.

Brother, that bilge was WORKING -- but no way it could keep up.

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#10934186 - 06/22/15 10:56 PM Re: Harrowing experience on Cedar Creek [Re: jp24]
BCJC82 Offline
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Registered: 03/01/09
Posts: 172
Loc: Emory, Tx
I go into the wind and try to get on a bank where the wind is blowing in my face.

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#10934615 - 06/23/15 09:15 AM Re: Harrowing experience on Cedar Creek [Re: jp24]
cayuro Offline
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Registered: 03/21/15
Posts: 100
nice boat bro
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#10935411 - 06/23/15 01:42 PM Re: Harrowing experience on Cedar Creek [Re: jp24]
rob4 Offline
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Registered: 01/27/04
Posts: 131
Loc: NRH, TX & Cedar Creek Lake
Something about docks... Twice been caught out like that, someone once told me to anchor it off the bow off shore, turn the bilge on and swim to shore. Both times the 17 foot bass boat has done well. Gotta have a real good anchor...

My wife and I were driving to the Dairy Queen in Trinidad, and saw that storm come in from the direction of RC. Didn't look that bad on the radar, but once it hit, I was glad I wasn't on the water.
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