Bless me father for I have sinned. It's been two hours since I tried to burn down my boat......
I guess you would call this one a brain fart.
I wasn't distracted. I knew what I was doing and as soon as I did it *Poof*, too late to do anything but unload the dry chem and call 911!
It wasn't pretty.
Since we've owned this old boat ( 7th yr now) I've always done my own maintenance
including rewiring the entire boat. Spring commissioning usually entails putting in the plugs, reconnecting batteries, filling up the fuel
etc. It's really a pretty easy boat to winterize and wake up in the spring.
This year we're trying to sell the old girl so we can get on with our boat building project
. In prep for sale
I wanted to swap out the battery charger
. Disconnected everything and did that. Hooked it all back up and tested. The next item on the list was putting the drain plugs back in the engine
block. One each side. Now I knew the one on the starboard side is right ahead of the starter and for the last 6 years I've always disconnected the start battery
. This year, well that's when the brain fart happened, I didn't. As soon as I turned the wrench to tighten the drain plug
*POOF*, the magic blue smoke!
The wrench hit the positive terminal on the starter solenoid!
As soon as it happened I knew what I had done. I also knew I couldn't get to the wrench and dove across the engine
compartment to try to disconnect the battery. I got two turns on the wingnut before it got too hot. Gobbled down some acrid electrical
fire smoke! *Choke* My next action was to look for the fire extinguisher, oh yeah, that's out for servicing. The next available one is in the cabin
(remembering marine emergency
duty training) I scrambled across the hatch
covers etc. that were in my way and got it. Luckily I had the phone
with me and jumped off the back of the boat landing 6' down on the ground dialing 911 as I fell! By now the smoke was rolling out of the back of the boat. I got back up on the swim platform just as the operator answered. Told her where I was and what was going on. *Choke Choke* She asked me to spell my street name! *choke choke* Anyhow I unloaded the dry chem which probably kept it from flashing over. The fire boys showed up about 5 mins later to disconnect everything before I could go back in.
It looks like I fried the 6 ga wire from the start battery to the starter solenoid as well as all the 6 ga in the charging
circuit including the ACR. This wire heads up into a shielded harnass so that'll all have to come apart to see what's toast. I'll have to have the starter & alternator
pulled for service
to see if they're ok. A hundred in wire & connectors and a new starting battery and we should be back in the game
unless I try to do something else stupid!
There! Now I can carry on with a clear conscience!
PS. Oh yeah, I never did get the ((%$(%$ @%)$)^ ()#!@*$ drain plug
back in the block!
PSS. Let the floggings begin!