Big water/bad weather boating advice thread

Discussion in 'Boats, Blinds, & Gadgets Forum' started by billblack, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. Aunt Betty

    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    I found a stick and wrapped it with tape stuck it in hunted got back then got searched and the game warden found my missing plug. :doh
     
  2. Iammichael6499

    Iammichael6499 Senior Refuge Member

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    I don’t consider myself a seasoned mariner but I think I have a fair amount of common sense (and practical experience making a few marginal/dumb decisions in my lifetime). The only time I “almost” got into serious trouble with a boat was when my dad (84 years old at the time) kept insisting the approaching t-storm was more than an hour away. He didn’t want to go in. We were fishing on a BIG wide open Oklahoma lake in the summer. My common sense/experience told me to head in but I “let” him kept us out there for 15 minutes past the time my “little voice” said we should have left. Before we got back to the ramp the wind was probably 25mph+, waves already up to 3’, wave frequency was very compressed, but fortunately the lighting/rain hadn’t made it to us yet. Dad has a strong heart so I intentionally gave him the ride of his life (it was safe). My point, don’t let ANYONE talk you into going against your instincts/experience unless they are being more cautious than you. If we would have stayed 30 minutes longer vs 15 minutes I would have beached the boat in a cove rather than trying to get to the ramp.
     
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  3. lockingblock

    lockingblock Senior Refuge Member

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    Tie or cable the plug to the transom...so that even when you remove it, it stays with the boat. Then, bring a spare...
     
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  4. Tuleman

    Tuleman Elite Refuge Member

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    A plugged pee hole, in and of itself, will not make you overheat. It's just a tell-tale to let you know the water pump is functioning. The water pump will function even if the tell-tale is plugged.
     
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  5. Tuleman

    Tuleman Elite Refuge Member

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    An unfired 12 gage shell is the same size.........
     
  6. Redthies

    Redthies Refuge Member

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    Right, but maybe not the smartest thing to have live ammo pointed into your boat towards you and your passengers? I’m sure the water would quickly render it useless, but is that something you really want to test?
     
  7. Tuleman

    Tuleman Elite Refuge Member

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    I have live 12 gage shells lying in the bottom of my boat frequently.....doesn't bother me in the least. I'll bet you do, too.

    I mentioned the live shells being the same size, because we almost ALWAYS have live ammo on us. Many times we don't have empties laying around, especially at the start of a hunt....which is when we usually discover a missing drain plug.
     
  8. Chesapeake

    Chesapeake Senior Refuge Member

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    Multiple lighters in a zip lock bag In your jacket, with firestarter. All the safety gear in the world on your boat wont help you if you make it to shore without it. Water prof matches dont work when you cant feel your hands. Fell threw a swamp deer hunting once, hyperthermia started kicking in .25 mile before I was out of the woods. All I could think about was how stupid I was for not having a lighter with me. Made it to a farm house, took 2 days to recover.
     
  9. Iammichael6499

    Iammichael6499 Senior Refuge Member

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    Live ammo rolling around in the bottom of your boat? Shot shells are way too expensive for me to let that happen. :). My solution … I have 3 plugs total in the boat … one chained to the drain hole, one in the emergency tool/parts kit and one as the handle of my live well lid. Cheap insurance. As for hypothermia prevention, assuming there’s something around to burn, I carry a magnesium fire starter tool and a stick of commercial fire starter (burns kind of like a chunk of lighter pine but easier to start). Both weigh a total of 4oz and are more reliable, IMO, than a lighter. I’ve used them successfully on numerous backpacking adventures in pouring down rain but haven’t needed them yet while waterfowling.
     

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