• B-O-A-T....What it actually stands for!!

    Got to Crescent Tuesday night and was up and on the lake at day break Wednesday morning. (Anchor Man wimped out and decided not to go out that day...Smart guy!!) Anyway the weather was horrible. You'd think by now that I would be used to that on Crescent. The wind was blowing like crazy and it rained off and on all morning!!!

    We managed to boat a few keeper fish and 1 pretty good one. This one was about 2 1/4 lbs:

    Around lunch time, we had taken all we could stand and headed back in. Unfortunately, we had to go back into the winds and 6-7 mph was all we could do. Water was splashing all over the windshield and it was almost impossible to see. That was probably he roughest 4 mile ride on water I have ever made. We finally made it back to the landing and I getting ready to load the boat on the trailer. As soon as the front end of the boat went up on the trailer, my motor quit. I couldn't get it to crank again so we winched it up on the trailer and went back to the house. I checked all the obvious things with no luck. Anchor Man put me in touch with a mechanic and off we went. Long story short, the ECU (Engine Control Unit) went bad. None of the local Mercury Dealers could even look at it for the next 2 weeks, so I was boatless for the next 2 days.

    Anchor Man took us out on Thursday afternoon and we caught a few fish. On Friday, I fished with SlowRideStu and my buddy Tim fished with Anchor man. Boat boats got a few quality fish and a good time was had by all.

    Now, back to what B-O-A-T stands for......I priced ECU's from different places and it will cost around $1,000 +/- just for the ECU....WOW!!! The other side of the coin is I have to take it to a dealer to diagnose and confirm that is actually the problem so there is probably another $100 or so.
    Bring Out Another Thousand
    The good part is that the motor crapped out a the boat landing instead of out on the lake. Today, I had a friend to call his friend (who happens to be the Service Manager at a Mercury Dealer) and it looks like I can take it to them on Monday and ready to fish again by Wednesday. I'm just thankful it turned out the way it did. It sure could have been a lot worse!!!

    Thx again to Stu and Vic for taking us out fishing and to Quick for the use of the folks are the best!!!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: B-O-A-T....What it actually stands for!! started by TnT View original post
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. Eagle 1's Avatar
      Eagle 1 -
      Been there! Better trip next time .
    1. Outlaw125's Avatar
      Outlaw125 -
      Tim you sure are a true crappie fisherman. That was some ruff water. And you seem to always catch good fish. Hopefully you can get your boat going quickly. I know it's alot of money keeping up the fishing rigs but it brings alot of fun to not only yourself but others you take fishing. Good luck and good fishing.
    1. Ketchn's Avatar
      Ketchn -
      sorry to hear about the costs to repair thing for sure . never makes me happy to hear about it . hopefully you get her back up and running soon.
      sure am glad you made it to the trailer before it quit .....must have had you a lucky rabbits foot that day
    1. scrat's Avatar
      scrat -
      Wow! Nice crappie. Better luck next time out. Hope you catch a boat load.
    1. Dave and Lynn's Avatar
      Dave and Lynn -
      Nice fish. Hope it doesn't cost that much to fix the boat.
    1. brucec's Avatar
      brucec -
      Good luck and thanks for the report.
    1. papasage's Avatar
      papasage -
      that is why i like the older models i can work on them some .went through that at Lake Talquin a few years ago . lost a cylinder a broke ring . i got to fish with a CDC member .
    1. bigarm's Avatar
      bigarm -
      Nice read It is the price of having fun
    1. papasage's Avatar
      papasage -
      Quote Originally Posted by papasage View Post
      that is why i like the older models i can work on them some .went through that at Lake Talquin a few years ago . lost a cylinder a broke ring . i got to fish with a CDC member .

      could not remember the CDC member last night went to bed and it hit me guess that goes with age but the CDC member was Chuck Auten he relay knows his fishing . would like to hook up with he again some day . did fish wit light wire hooker one time before at Talquin enjoyed that trip also .
    1. Billbob's Avatar
      Billbob -
    1. TnT's Avatar
      TnT -
      Good news....It wasn't the computer. The plug between the ignition switch and the wiring harness had partially worked its way loose. Put some extra slack in the wiring harness, plugged it back in and she fired right up. Hope to be back on the water Thursday!!!
    1. crappies nightmare's Avatar
      crappies nightmare -
      Always nice to hear about a good outcome
    1. "D"'s Avatar
      "D" -
      Glad you all okay.
    1. Dlogfish's Avatar
      Dlogfish -
      Thats one heck of a crappie
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