Ha, ha, ha!... I say it with tears in my eyes. At least you saved yourself from the embarrassment I had to endure this weekend.
I just bought a 1940's Monterey wood boat with a detroit diesel
engine. And took it out for my first spin this weekend, so I decided to take it easy and just motor
out to the fuel dock
. I got there, and two service men
helped me dock
, and then had to stand by, patiently looking while I fumbled around trying to find a way to turn the engine off.
They were Waiting.. and waiting.. and looking.. I was so embarrased and red faced. I apologized profusely and left the dock again, went into the bay to a secluded spot, put the engine in neutral and looked and looked around the cabin.
One button just turned on a warning red light (I still need to figure that one out), pushing the start motor
again just engaged the starter gear
with a horrible grind, the throttle lever did nothing (other than over revving the engine when pushed). I even thought about opening the battery
power breaker (I'm glad I didnt, I was told later that it would damage the alternator). There I was, livid, thinking about running out of fuel and being adrift, so I called the prior owner on the cell phone
and left another embarrasing message (help! help! I'm motoring on the bay and I cant shut the engine off!) rummaging in the engine compartment (with the engine running
) I remembered about a string I had to pull to shut the engine off.
The only way to turn the engine off in this boat is from the engine compartment (I'll have to fix that).
So I feel your pain and... ha, ha, ha... very funny