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    My favorite was not something I did. Read about this years ago, maybe in bass and walleye boats or something.

    Two noobs pull up, back down the ramp, one gets in and the other backs the thing up. Guy in boat cranks engine but it won't back off trailer (rear straps still attached). He motions to the other guy to do something, so he did. He disconnected the trailer. But it was low enough that the guy in boat didn't notice. Guy cranks boat, backs up and goes to dock. Never looked at the truck which now had no trailer attached. They both get in, pull away, hammer it and they are going about 5mph. Can't figure out why it won't go. They finally give up and one gets out to go back down the ramp to load the boat. Yells "someone stole our trailer". Eventually someone points out that their boat is sitting awfully low in the water and appears to have something hung on it. Namely the trailer.

    I assume it was a true story but it does sound quite ridiculous.

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    Nice find. Probably at WOT right there. :)

    When you see someone do that, you KNOW that it can't end well, and that there is a probability that someone 100% innocent will be involved in something stupid with people like that on the water.

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    Thank you guys! I pick up my new Xpress on the 28th and it's the first "real" boat I've owned!
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    #145
    Quote Originally Posted by tmoney View Post
    I seem to keep taking off with the trolling motor down. That's a great way to get a free shower
    I did this the other, it was so foggy that vis was maybe 50' so idle out to main lake was going to get just up on plane for a few minutes, hit the gas and instant down pour.... yes I'm genius
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    #146
    If you haven't done that, you are either (a) not fishing very often or (b) world's biggest liar. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldTimer57 View Post
    If you haven't done that, you are either (a) not fishing very often or (b) world's biggest liar. :)


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    Quote Originally Posted by OldTimer57 View Post
    If you haven't done that, you are either (a) not fishing very often or (b) world's biggest liar. :)
    OR (c) you will eventually


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    Left my DAMN electronics at home, what a dumb ass mistake.

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    Back boat in water, as I'm in the boat unloading off trailer I see my truck reverse lights on. Luckily had parking brake on. Put a nice custom made jack plate cover on, went fishing the next day trim motor up to take off transom saver, busted both steering lines on jack plate cover. Motor flopping around all over the place lol. Ended up cutting two pieces of emt conduit and wedging the two pieces in to support the motor for the 1 hour ride back home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldTimer57 View Post
    My favorite was not something I did. Read about this years ago, maybe in bass and walleye boats or something.

    Two noobs pull up, back down the ramp, one gets in and the other backs the thing up. Guy in boat cranks engine but it won't back off trailer (rear straps still attached). He motions to the other guy to do something, so he did. He disconnected the trailer. But it was low enough that the guy in boat didn't notice. Guy cranks boat, backs up and goes to dock. Never looked at the truck which now had no trailer attached. They both get in, pull away, hammer it and they are going about 5mph. Can't figure out why it won't go. They finally give up and one gets out to go back down the ramp to load the boat. Yells "someone stole our trailer". Eventually someone points out that their boat is sitting awfully low in the water and appears to have something hung on it. Namely the trailer.

    I assume it was a true story but it does sound quite ridiculous.
    No that's funny!!

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    First day out with my 2008 Ranger Z520. I was driving 52mph and a small cabin cruiser cut in front of me. 2' wake sent me, my buddy and the boat about 12' in the air. Boat slammed down so hard my front unit (Hummingbird 1197) shot up in the air. I thought, I destroyed the boat. But, only the unit. Cost me $700 to get new guts put in it through Hummingbird. Got a new 1 year warranty though.

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    Tried to load the boat with trolling motor still down

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    Did something about a month ago that I would have never done in the past. I fish alone a lot and have the Easy Step ladder on my trailer for easy boarding and unloading. When fishing alone I let the boat float off the trailer after hooking up a floating rope the the front of the boat and to the ladder, pull the boat back up to the ramp after floating off, get the rope and tie the boat off to the dock. That morning for some reason the rope came off the ladder and the boat was floating away. There was no vehicles or people in the parking lot or on the lake. So with the boat about 6-8ft from the dock I jumped onto the front deck. I had to make sure to land on the deck because I can't swim.

    That is without a doubt the dumbest thing (besides getting married) I have ever done.
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