I have a sailboat moored of Sausalito and I was getting tired of rowing to it.. so I bought an older 19ft Century motor
boat to go to it, and to motor
around the Bay. I don't know anything about motor boats, I just bought a cheap
one, had the hoses checked and replaced, the air in the trailer tires filled.. and off I went to Sausalito to the motor boat ramp
I lower the trailer on the water
, release the boat, tie it at the dock
and then go off to park the car and trailer.
When I come back the boat is flooding with water
. I scratch my head
and think: is that normal?. I get on the boat and flick the bilge pump
on, get off the boat and look at the water.. now at the floorboards, about the bottom 1/3 of the engine
s under water. I expect the water to drain off. I look some more and it seems that the water inside the boat is still rising. I suddenly realize: The boat is sinking!
I rush to the parking lot, get in the truck drive back to the ramp
and cursing try to back up into it, unsuccessfully. I try to calm down.. after a few more tries I manage to get the trailer in position, I get in the water up to my knees, get the boat aligned (now sitting a little lower on its waterline) and get the winch
strap attached to the boat and pull it into the trailer.
About this time a fisherman's boat had arrived on the ramp next to mine and one of them was looking at my troubles with amusement.
What happened? did you forget to put in the plug
? he asked.
? what plug? I said.
He and the other fisherman looked at each other and then both bursted laughing. 'Just pull the boat out out the water and I'll show you'.
Well.. it took about 15 minutes to drain the water from inside my boat.. and about 5 minutes to walk to the nearby bait store and buy a plug.
Those were my 15 minutes of shame.. which I hope never get repeated.