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Lake Bastrop - size boat? #13267686 09/02/19 12:27 PM
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Hey guys,

I was debating trying to find a lake close by that I could drop my boat in and see how she holds up, see what works and what does not. Not looking to fish, just take her for a short spin and run fresh water through her.

I live like 15-20 minutes from Lake Bastrop, but feel sorta silly putting this boat in that lake heh.

Anyone ever seen or tried adding a boat like this on that lake?

I think everything else is like 1-2 hours away.

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Re: Lake Bastrop - size boat? [Re: JohnRussell] #13267693 09/02/19 12:33 PM
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Might help if you said how big or small of boat.



Re: Lake Bastrop - size boat? [Re: JohnRussell] #13267697 09/02/19 12:38 PM
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I am sorry, thought the picture would be enough heh.

2004 Grady White Islander. 27ft, but really with windlass and engines, probably closer to 30ft

13.5 ft tall on trailer.

Thanks1

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Re: Lake Bastrop - size boat? [Re: JohnRussell] #13267825 09/02/19 03:21 PM
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DO it. I see bigger boats on smaller water.



Re: Lake Bastrop - size boat? [Re: JohnRussell] #13268173 09/02/19 11:01 PM
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The ramp on the North end isn't very steep, so you might be backing way into the water with that boat. Just a heads up.
Not sure how the ramp on the south end is.

Re: Lake Bastrop - size boat? [Re: JohnRussell] #13268277 09/03/19 12:45 AM
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We dropped in the south end... turned out to not be such a great day lol.. but.. that was why we neded a close lake.. heh

The trailer, which I had just replaced the brake pads, master cylinder, reverse lockout, and 30ft main brake line on... locked up again.

We got to Bastrop.... hubs were at 220 degrees again...i.e. the pads were locked up, which is why I replaced everything.

We went ahead and dropped it in the lake, and seemed to be "okay"... but, this is a new boat... my friends took too long getting out of the truck and getting back to the boat.. so, what was a cleared out ramp, started to fill up and the wind started pushing me. I could not keep the boat lined up to get to the dock. Slowly, I was surrounded by kayakers and a couple boats that wanted to load up.

Then, the engine alarm went off. I am not sure why... have not looked at the engines yet.. no indication as to wth was happening...I restarted them... one at a time, they would go off. I checked the fuel valves, seemed to be on..swapped tanks, it felt like they were not getting gas.. but, could have been the fact they were not getting water flow and were too hot.

Finally, I told them get the truck, we were going home.. and... the brakes locked up.. they had to bleed the brake fluid to get it to back down the ramp... by that time, the engines failed, and i had let a boat that was there, pull us into the trailer 20 ft away.

So, still have my hands full, and am tired of this trailer.

The engine, I can fix. I will see if the code reader and software I bought will tell me anything about it. the trailer.. ..not sure what the hell to do with it.

Just do not have anyone that will touch the trailer as it is either surge brakes or they did not sell it to me.

As for the engines, I bet it it something small.. but, I noticed last time I started them they were not peeing water, so... may be an issue there. I do not have a yamaha mechanic around me I trust for that.

So, will see what "I" can do, and try to find people I can afford and trust.

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Re: Lake Bastrop - size boat? [Re: JohnRussell] #13268320 09/03/19 01:10 AM
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Sounds like a really bad day. Run some trimmer line up the pee hole and see if you can clear any possible blockages. When was the last time you had the water pumps replaced? I would start there for the no pee problem. Possible overheat alarm was what you heard.

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Re: Lake Bastrop - size boat? [Re: Alumacraft 14] #13268509 09/03/19 05:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Alumacraft 14
Possible overheat alarm was what you heard.


This is most definitely a possibility. Water Pump(impeller) is definitely something to look at, but I would also check out your oil situation, especially if you have good water flow through your engine. I used to have a 1996 Skeeter and the two times I had an alarm it was an oil issue. First time the screen was clogged, the second time the reservoir cap had cracked and the tank wouldn't ever build vacuum like it was supposed to. Sorry to hear about the bad day, good luck going forward!

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