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Posted: 10/6/2007 5:58:17 AM EST
This morning at a little after 9:00, I was talking to a customer when an ambulance comes tearing down the hill into our parking lot.

It drove down by our boat launch then took off next store to the public launch, followed by a fire truck and few county cops.

When I get done with the guy I'm talking to walked through our building to see what was going on.

I've seen several people try to kill themselves by driving into the water at our ramp and the public one.

Nope some guy just decided to launch his boat, truck and trailer.



Here's the crowd of public servants and the wet Ford fresh from the Saint Joe river.




Here is the lonely boat.









Link Posted: 10/6/2007 6:00:12 AM EST
meh, pics of the truck mostly submerged would have been much better. Any idea how he managed it?
Link Posted: 10/6/2007 6:03:04 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/6/2007 6:03:36 AM EST

Originally Posted By DernHumpus:
meh, pics of the truck mostly submerged would have been much better. Any idea how he managed it?


I'm betting chronic and terminal stupidity.
Link Posted: 10/6/2007 6:05:20 AM EST
Watched a guy launch his boat on lake mead (I was hanging out with the yacht club drinking cocktails and having snacks) but he forgot to replace his transom plug.

Sunk his boat right next to the dock.

If you boat doesn't have auto-bilge pumps, ensure you don't leave the seacock open while your boat is unattended....
Link Posted: 10/6/2007 6:10:59 AM EST

Originally Posted By vanilla_gorilla:

Originally Posted By DernHumpus:
meh, pics of the truck mostly submerged would have been much better. Any idea how he managed it?


I'm betting chronic and terminal stupidity.



That would be my guess.

This ramp is not very steep, he may have had to drive down a little farther to get that POS fiberglass deep-v off the trailer.



Link Posted: 10/6/2007 6:13:59 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/6/2007 6:18:06 AM EST by Johninaustin]
My favorite topic. I could spend HOURS sitting at a lawn chair at the boat ramp.

Here are some more.

http://pickwickwatersports.com/Data/Boat_Crashes/Boat_Crashes.htm

I'm sorry to say that two of those are local. (The pontoon boat and A&M Truck with the ski nautique)
Link Posted: 10/6/2007 6:28:30 AM EST

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:
My favorite topic. I could spend HOURS sitting at a lawn chair at the boat ramp.

Here are some more.

http://pickwickwatersports.com/Data/Boat_Crashes/Boat_Crashes.htm

I'm sorry to say that two of those are local. (The pontoon boat and A&M Truck with the ski nautique)


W.T.F!
Link Posted: 10/6/2007 6:30:33 AM EST
Why anyone would buy a boat for fun is beyond me.
Link Posted: 10/6/2007 6:36:59 AM EST

Originally Posted By cool-e:
Why anyone would buy a boat for fun is beyond me.



Oh, I dunno, maybe because they are fun?
Link Posted: 10/6/2007 6:53:33 AM EST

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:

Originally Posted By cool-e:
Why anyone would buy a boat for fun is beyond me.



Oh, I dunno, maybe because they are fun?


And the chicky-snacks love them.
Link Posted: 10/7/2007 11:19:51 AM EST

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:

Originally Posted By cool-e:
Why anyone would buy a boat for fun is beyond me.



Oh, I dunno, maybe because they are fun?


Boats are a hole in the water you pour your money into.
Link Posted: 10/7/2007 12:40:39 PM EST

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:
My favorite topic. I could spend HOURS sitting at a lawn chair at the boat ramp.

)


hell yes
+1000
best entertainment ever
Link Posted: 10/7/2007 12:43:29 PM EST

Originally Posted By five2one:

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:

Originally Posted By cool-e:
Why anyone would buy a boat for fun is beyond me.



Oh, I dunno, maybe because they are fun?


And the chicky-snacks love them.

What's the two happiest days in a boat owner's life?
Link Posted: 10/7/2007 12:43:56 PM EST

Originally Posted By C_F:

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:
My favorite topic. I could spend HOURS sitting at a lawn chair at the boat ramp.

Here are some more.

http://pickwickwatersports.com/Data/Boat_Crashes/Boat_Crashes.htm

I'm sorry to say that two of those are local. (The pontoon boat and A&M Truck with the ski nautique)


W.T.F!
pickwickwatersports.com/Data/Boat_Crashes/031.jpg

How'd you like to explain that to the insurance company?
Link Posted: 10/7/2007 12:44:47 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/7/2007 12:46:54 PM EST by XDBACKUPGUN]

Originally Posted By Gravity_Tester:
Watched a guy launch his boat on lake mead (I was hanging out with the yacht club drinking cocktails and having snacks) but he forgot to replace his transom plug.

Sunk his boat right next to the dock.

If you boat doesn't have auto-bilge pumps, ensure you don't leave the seacock open while your boat is unattended....



I did that very thing with my duck boat this morning, forgot to put the plug in.

Good thing I had not taken off the trailer yet.


In a Pinch a 12ga shell and a wool sock makes a good plug for most aluminum boats.

WTF?


Link Posted: 10/7/2007 12:45:43 PM EST
Boat ramps are better than airports and walmart put together for people watching.
Link Posted: 10/7/2007 12:46:44 PM EST

Originally Posted By BozemanMT:

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:
My favorite topic. I could spend HOURS sitting at a lawn chair at the boat ramp.

)


hell yes
+1000
best entertainment ever
Unless you want to launch or get on the trailer

Aggies FTW!
Link Posted: 10/7/2007 12:48:29 PM EST

Originally Posted By ALLANJ:

Originally Posted By BozemanMT:

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:
My favorite topic. I could spend HOURS sitting at a lawn chair at the boat ramp.

)


hell yes
+1000
best entertainment ever
Unless you want to launch or get on the trailer

Aggies FTW!
www.bevosports.com/images/lake_aggietruck.jpg

WTF?
Link Posted: 10/7/2007 12:50:27 PM EST
Much more entertaining to see trucks go through the ice....
Link Posted: 10/7/2007 12:53:09 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/7/2007 12:54:51 PM EST

Originally Posted By Quintin:

Originally Posted By five2one:

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:

Originally Posted By cool-e:
Why anyone would buy a boat for fun is beyond me.



Oh, I dunno, maybe because they are fun?


And the chicky-snacks love them.

What's the two happiest days in a boat owner's life?


The day you buy it and the day you sell it.
Link Posted: 10/7/2007 1:12:47 PM EST
On one of my weekends at the Sand Lake OHV area, there was this guy who had brought his Banshee out to the dunes in his dad's truck. One night, him and a few girls got liquored up and decided to drive around the beach. Now, for some reason, this guy thought it would be fun to drive into the ocean, at midnight, at low tide. So I wake up the next morning to find a white Chevy floating a good ways out in the Pacific Ocean. They had to get a special tow truck out there to pull it out. And of course, no one wanted to swim underneath the truck to hook the cable to it. So they smashed out the driver's side window and wrapped the cable around the B-pillar. I took these pics with my cell phone and apologize for poor quality.

Link Posted: 10/7/2007 1:21:33 PM EST
Saw a boat sitting in the middle of Wilmington Pike today with the owners standing around it scratching their heads. Narry a boat ramp for miles.
Link Posted: 10/7/2007 1:31:12 PM EST

Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
I only saw that once in my life. The guy had backed in too far and got onto the green moss--with a 2WD truck. Hilarity ensued. He didn't see the humor, however.


Seen the exact same thing Guy had a new chevy full size stuck on the slime and was slipping back.

He got REALLY upset when I used my bronco 2 to pull him out in 2lo.
Link Posted: 10/7/2007 1:37:27 PM EST
Must work at Wylands?

Link Posted: 10/7/2007 1:40:50 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/7/2007 1:41:15 PM EST by JustinOK34]
I do it for fun. (Okay, so its not quite as deep)



edit - Page 2 !
Link Posted: 10/7/2007 1:41:18 PM EST

Originally Posted By DVCAPI:

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:

Originally Posted By cool-e:
Why anyone would buy a boat for fun is beyond me.



Oh, I dunno, maybe because they are fun?


Boats are a hole in the water you pour your money into.


Bust
Out
Another
Thou­sand



And yes, I own a few boats and enjoy them greatly!
Link Posted: 10/7/2007 1:49:59 PM EST

Originally Posted By ALLANJ:

Originally Posted By BozemanMT:

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:
My favorite topic. I could spend HOURS sitting at a lawn chair at the boat ramp.

)


hell yes
+1000
best entertainment ever
Unless you want to launch or get on the trailer

Aggies FTW!
www.bevosports.com/images/lake_aggietruck.jpg


I saw that A&M sign on the back of my truck and damn near fell out of my chair laughing!!!!!
Link Posted: 10/7/2007 1:55:47 PM EST

Originally Posted By FC_Eloy:
On one of my weekends at the Sand Lake OHV area, there was this guy who had brought his Banshee out to the dunes in his dad's truck. One night, him and a few girls got liquored up and decided to drive around the beach. Now, for some reason, this guy thought it would be fun to drive into the ocean, at midnight, at low tide. So I wake up the next morning to find a white Chevy floating a good ways out in the Pacific Ocean. They had to get a special tow truck out there to pull it out. And of course, no one wanted to swim underneath the truck to hook the cable to it. So they smashed out the driver's side window and wrapped the cable around the B-pillar. I took these pics with my cell phone and apologize for poor quality.
i133.photobucket.com/albums/q54/stingray2500/noname.jpg
i133.photobucket.com/albums/q54/stingray2500/noname2.jpg


Would a Chebby Truck frolicking about in the ocean for awhile even be salvageable? Water is bad enough, but salt water soaking the interior and getting into the naughty bits of it's engine I imagine to be paticularly nasty.
Link Posted: 10/7/2007 1:58:35 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/7/2007 1:59:30 PM EST by Deej86]

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:

Originally Posted By cool-e:
Why anyone would buy a boat for fun is beyond me.



Oh, I dunno, maybe because they are fun?
+1.

OMG. Stop the presses. Johninaustin and I agreed on something! ZOMG!
Link Posted: 10/7/2007 2:06:19 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/7/2007 2:09:09 PM EST by Zippy_The_Wonderdog]

Originally Posted By capnrob97:

Originally Posted By Quintin:

Originally Posted By five2one:

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:

Originally Posted By cool-e:
Why anyone would buy a boat for fun is beyond me.



Oh, I dunno, maybe because they are fun?


And the chicky-snacks love them.

What's the two happiest days in a boat owner's life?


The day you buy it and the day you sell it.


I have to agree. While I am technically a boat owner, it hardly qualifies as a boat as it is merely a 15' single seat kayak. No regrets on buying it.

ANYWHO, based upon numerous stories from many friends, I can't see me ever owning a boat. If I want a boat, I will rent one. Yeah, it's a bit of a tough pill to swallow as renting a boat is expensive, but considering the number of times I have rented a boat I am still way way, way ahead.

I must admit that if I WERE to buy a boat, I think it would be a pontoon boat. I rented one for a weekend a couple of years ago and had more fun on it than I ever have had on ski-boat types. Lot's of space, a canopy to get out of the sun, and while the one I rented could not I have seen some that will pull tubes or skiers.

No, they're not sexy...but they are more fun.

ETA...anyone ever heard the Rule of the Three F's?
Link Posted: 10/7/2007 2:13:24 PM EST

Originally Posted By ALLANJ:

Originally Posted By BozemanMT:

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:
My favorite topic. I could spend HOURS sitting at a lawn chair at the boat ramp.

)


hell yes
+1000
best entertainment ever
Unless you want to launch or get on the trailer

Aggies FTW!
www.bevosports.com/images/lake_aggietruck.jpg


You're supposed to call them "Agro-Americans" these days.
Link Posted: 10/7/2007 2:14:55 PM EST

Originally Posted By Zippy_The_Wonderdog:
Would a Chebby Truck frolicking about in the ocean for awhile even be salvageable? Water is bad enough, but salt water soaking the interior and getting into the naughty bits of it's engine I imagine to be paticularly nasty.


here's a "submerge-it-in-the-ocean" test for ya...

part I: (see 4:20 in) www.youtube.com/watch?v=tom3OUKDM9I

part IIa: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Uc4Ksz3nHM

part IIb: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfZDtC9kjVk

ar-jedi

Link Posted: 10/7/2007 2:23:17 PM EST

Originally Posted By Brians_45:

Originally Posted By DVCAPI:

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:

Originally Posted By cool-e:
Why anyone would buy a boat for fun is beyond me.



Oh, I dunno, maybe because they are fun?


Boats are a hole in the water you pour your money into.


Bust
Out
Another
Thou­sand



And yes, I own a few boats and enjoy them greatly!


I own a few boats, but I won't describe it so much as enjoyment. More like work. And bust out another thousand? More like another ten thousand. Iguess if I had a small pleasure boat and with some scantily clad chicks for crew, it would be a different story. But my boat world consists mainly of drama. Oh, and you guys in the Gulf region with pleasure boats, better check your insurance. Many new policies now won't insure a boat left behind in a hurricane. Some even give a latitude that, in the event of a hurricane, the boat must be north of that latitude to be covered. The latitude is as far north as North Carolina.





Work room with Halon fire suppression system for the engine room. Cost about $1600 a year for this system to be ceritified




Link Posted: 10/7/2007 2:23:34 PM EST
My dad called every grand spent on the boat "One Boat Unit".

He came in one day and was loooong in the face-apparently he had spent 4 boat units over the weekend..
Link Posted: 10/7/2007 2:27:34 PM EST
There were a few nice inboards in there.
Link Posted: 10/7/2007 2:28:46 PM EST

Originally Posted By cool-e:

Originally Posted By Brians_45:

Originally Posted By DVCAPI:

Originally Posted By Johninaustin:

Originally Posted By cool-e:
Why anyone would buy a boat for fun is beyond me.



Oh, I dunno, maybe because they are fun?


Boats are a hole in the water you pour your money into.


Bust
Out
Another
Thou­sand



And yes, I own a few boats and enjoy them greatly!


I own a few boats, but I won't describe it so much as enjoyment. More like work. And bust out another thousand? More like another ten thousand. Iguess if I had a small pleasure boat and with some scantily clad chicks for crew, it would be a different story. But my boat world consists mainly of drama. Oh, and you guys in the Gulf region with pleasure boats, better check your insurance. Many new policies now won't insure a boat left behind in a hurricane. Some even give a latitude that, in the event of a hurricane, the boat must be north of that latitude to be covered. The latitude is as far north as North Carolina.

img.photobucket.com/albums/v633/cool-e/DSC_0359a.jpg

img.photobucket.com/albums/v633/cool-e/909_0961.jpg

Work room with Halon fire suppression system for the engine room. Cost about $1600 a year for this system to be ceritified

img.photobucket.com/albums/v633/cool-e/909_0977.jpg


img.photobucket.com/albums/v633/cool-e/DSC01336b.jpg


What kind of work do you do with her?
Link Posted: 10/7/2007 2:32:42 PM EST
tag funny stuff
Link Posted: 10/7/2007 2:33:23 PM EST

Originally Posted By astro:

What kind of work do you do with her?



Offshore oil and gas. Running men and equipment out to platforms, etc. The pics are of two of our four boats.
Link Posted: 10/7/2007 2:51:20 PM EST

Originally Posted By vanilla_gorilla:

Originally Posted By DernHumpus:
meh, pics of the truck mostly submerged would have been much better. Any idea how he managed it?


I'm betting chronic and terminal stupidity.


Did the guy actually die? It would suck to go that way.

Link Posted: 10/7/2007 3:17:00 PM EST
BOAT = Bust Out Another Thousand
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 3:27:02 AM EST

Originally Posted By Sajer:
Must work at Wylands?



Yep, I run the store in Elkhart.

My B-I-L, the owner of Wyland's, Steve Wyland was out of town and I was covering for him.

I have some pics of a stolen Tahoe that got dumped in our ramp in Elkhart, I'll try to find them.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 6:00:08 AM EST
I find the " boats are too expensive" argument pretty funny.

Since January My boat maint. costs have been $62 not counting gas. (New battery and lower unit oil)

My neighbor just spent $1700 putting a DIFFERENT winch bumper on his jeep. (Was tired of the first one I suppose) and he makes the same "boats are a hole into which you pour money" argument.

I'd say it's a pretty safe bet that he spends three times the cash on his two 4x4's than I do on my boat. Never even leaving his driveway most of the time.

Adding insult to injury, his wife likes to go boating with us while he's underneath the jeep.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 6:17:44 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 6:19:04 AM EST
Buy a sailboat, put it in salt water and watch the money BURN.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 6:22:30 AM EST

Originally Posted By cluster:
img260.imageshack.us/img260/3219/lostel0.png


That's Walsh boat landing on lake Austin, I use it a lot.


I think he's puking.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 6:25:27 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/8/2007 6:35:39 AM EST by Johninaustin]

Originally Posted By phatmax:
Buy a sailboat, put it in salt water and watch the money BURN.


I've never understood wind boating. looks to much like work.

My sister is BIG into it, She has a 32' Benateau.(sp) Too big for one person to sail, she always uses the motor. Essentially it's a floating RV. I don't think she's gone further than 10 miles from the marina in 10 years.
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