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#12495627 - 11/07/17 03:13 PM First trip out with the new boat...FAIL!!
i-Fish Online   content
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Registered: 06/07/16
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Put the boat in the water.
After a few minutes of getting a couple things in place I realize that in my excitement I forgot to pull the straps and transom saver so I pull up a few feet to remove them.
I notice the boat is draining a TON of water for having just been in the water for maybe 5 minutes.
Yes, I did have the boat plug in.

What I found is that a hose that drains one of the livewells (I assume) is COMPLETELY DETACHED from the drain hole at the transom.

I was stunned at how much water entered the hull in such a short period of time but now all I am is pissed.

Not something that should be missed by a well known dealer. A dealer that I’m 40 minutes from.

mad
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#12495640 - 11/07/17 03:26 PM Re: First trip out with the new boat...FAIL!! [Re: i-Fish]
Eric Reeves Online   content
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Registered: 09/07/09
Posts: 435
Loc: Decatur, TX
People make mistakes

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#12495645 - 11/07/17 03:31 PM Re: First trip out with the new boat...FAIL!! [Re: i-Fish]
Chasin Hogs Offline
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Registered: 10/22/08
Posts: 2728
Loc: Earth
Sounds like a success. You survived to post about it.

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#12495685 - 11/07/17 04:02 PM Re: First trip out with the new boat...FAIL!! [Re: i-Fish]
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Registered: 04/10/17
Posts: 180
Loc: Sanger TX
The main thing is what have you learned from this experience? Seriously.

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#12495689 - 11/07/17 04:05 PM Re: First trip out with the new boat...FAIL!! [Re: i-Fish]
texasAUtiger Offline
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Registered: 04/13/16
Posts: 155
Loc: Waco, TX
I understand your frustration, but am glad you didn't suffer any irreversible damage.

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#12495696 - 11/07/17 04:09 PM Re: First trip out with the new boat...FAIL!! [Re: i-Fish]
tmd11111 Offline
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Registered: 04/30/17
Posts: 408
Loc: San Angelo
Been around boats since I was about 7 years old and that's several decades ago. I was just recently telling my wife how its been years since I forgot to put in the drain plug. Well I jinxed myself and a few days later after launching my boat in the dark I said gee, whats that red light on the switch panel....

Won't be your last time forgetting transom straps or the drain plug.

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#12495700 - 11/07/17 04:10 PM Re: First trip out with the new boat...FAIL!! [Re: i-Fish]
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I know the feeling my new boat is setting at my dealer 3 hours from here. It has been two weeks now.
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#12495704 - 11/07/17 04:13 PM Re: First trip out with the new boat...FAIL!! [Re: i-Fish]
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Guys, the boat plug was IN. That wasn’t why the hull was filling with water. The dealer failed to make sure all drain hoses were attached to their exit ports. Water was gushing in from a place that it never should be.

In retrospect, if I hadn’t forgot about the straps my boat might be at the bottom of lake lewisville right now.
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#12495706 - 11/07/17 04:15 PM Re: First trip out with the new boat...FAIL!! [Re: BCBassCat]
i-Fish Online   content
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Originally Posted By: BCBassCat
The main thing is what have you learned from this experience? Seriously.


I guess I’ll check the hull after a couple minutes from now on to make sure everything is kosher.
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#12495712 - 11/07/17 04:20 PM Re: First trip out with the new boat...FAIL!! [Re: i-Fish]
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Registered: 03/28/07
Posts: 11327
Loc: Plano,Texas
Did your bilge work?

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#12495723 - 11/07/17 04:29 PM Re: First trip out with the new boat...FAIL!! [Re: forkduc]
grout-scout Online   content
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Registered: 12/08/08
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Loc: Boerne, Texas
Originally Posted By: forkduc
Did your bilge work?



Doesn’t sound like it.

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#12495724 - 11/07/17 04:30 PM Re: First trip out with the new boat...FAIL!! [Re: i-Fish]
Ken A. Online   content
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Registered: 10/02/06
Posts: 8581
Loc: Trophy Club, TX
If a hose was left off it was most likely an oversight by the manufacturer.

Should the dealer have caught it? Yeah probably, but they didn't.

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#12495730 - 11/07/17 04:34 PM Re: First trip out with the new boat...FAIL!! [Re: i-Fish]
361V Online   content
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Registered: 11/21/08
Posts: 4569
Loc: somervell county
Funny how THEIR mistakes are the unforgivable ones! Sorry bout your maiden voyage though.
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#12495731 - 11/07/17 04:34 PM Re: First trip out with the new boat...FAIL!! [Re: i-Fish]
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Registered: 05/28/06
Posts: 516
Loc: DFW
The time I left the transom strap on was bizarre. I back down the ramp straight, got out of the truck and the boat and trailer was pointed 30 degrees crooked. Backed down again straight, got out of the truck and it was just as crooked again. I figured it out then. I was baffled at first!
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#12495736 - 11/07/17 04:42 PM Re: First trip out with the new boat...FAIL!! [Re: Diezel_Rocker]
361V Online   content
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Registered: 11/21/08
Posts: 4569
Loc: somervell county
Originally Posted By: Diezel_Rocker
The time I left the transom strap on was bizarre. I back down the ramp straight, got out of the truck and the boat and trailer was pointed 30 degrees crooked. Backed down again straight, got out of the truck and it was just as crooked again. I figured it out then. I was baffled at first!
And yes this happens. I did exactally the same thing with a pretty good cross wind. Look out mirrors and boat is literally almost jackknifed. Wasn't that way when I backed down! Pull out-back down again & same thing! Trailer is floating and wind is blowing the boat/trailer sideways! Amazing how easily it floated the trailer(and how dumb I can be). nuts


Edited by 361V (11/07/17 04:43 PM)
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