I have hit a few crab trap's in my life, Damn things are everywhere down here.........and no I never really saw em comin Just as I was about to hit them I saw the marker and wham.......all tangled in the pro, gotta get out of the boat and cut the ropes and stuff off. But I was lucky never really hurt anything other than the trap and my pride a little:laugher:
Yep, thrice, different boats.
1st time on the Cedar River going around what they call "Dead Man's Island". Went thru the back channel at about 50 mph and hit a cement wing dam that was about 16" below the surface. Was driving a runabout with a 135 hp outboard and the engine flew up and the boat did two 360 degree spins. Wild ride! Checked out the motor and about an inch of the skeg was missing. Prop looked fine, and motor fired right up. Only other damage was the rear seat latch broke. No one was injured and skeg was welded and shaved to normal.
2nd time, was driving a 19' Crestliner tri-hull down Harpers Slough on the Ole Miss. Hit a sunken log hard enough that it threw the two of us to the deck, boat turned right and hit a sod bank of an island. It was another outboard and the steering arm bent so that the boat would only turn right. Managed to drive it back to the dock about 5 miles away by using a trolling motor to make left turns. No injuries and had a spare arm in the garage, so was back on the water in a couple hours.
3rd time, wife driving and pulling me on ski's in the main channel. Going along nicely and outdrive flies up and I slowly sink. I'm yelling to see what happend. Next I knew, I felt a rock, so I stand up and I'm on an unmarked wing dam. So they're coming back to get me and she says the engine is vibrating. I take a step toward them and fall off the rock, so I go back the other way toward shore and fall off the rock again. The section she hit was only about 3ft square, talk about bad luck. Anyway she beaches the boat and I check the outdrive and the stainless prop is missing a blade. Luckily, we always carry a spare, so changed props and we were are on way again. No other damage done.
back in 89 when I owned a Wellcraft 32' St. Tropez cruiser I was coming back from a weekend in Annapolis and was about 2 miles north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge that runs from Kent Island over to Annapolis.
I was cruising along and saw that the water was light green in one area. Not knowing what was up I swerved to avoid the area in front of me (light green) and felt the engine RPM immediately drop. Off goes the engines and I climb down on the swim platform. I see what appears to be a huge piece of clear plastic all twisted up around both screws.
Well, on go the mask and flippers and in I go with my trusty and VERY SHARP divers knife. After about four trips undernearth the boat holding a screw shaft in one hand (to keep the boat from banging my head) and cutting with the other hand, I had the mess untangled. What a mess it was too. I hauled the plastic onto the boat so no one else would run it over and finished the two hour trip back to the marina.
my next story will be about the time I hit something hard and went back to see a big area of blood red water.... (yummmmm)
I hit a seawall that was underwater while trying to beach my boat. Normally I dont beach my boats EVER but the boat was sinking at the time and I needed to get it on shore. But thats a whole nother story:laugher: