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GoVols
01-30-2014, 06:51 AM
Found this on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTmATK6VsR0

I'm sure these must be rentals. Hopefully they propped up those outdrives / outboards!

I've never rented a houseboat before. I would think the rental company would assist you in properly beaching or tying up the boats. Looks to me these people had no idea what they were doing, which is why you should never buy a former rental.

easttnboater
01-30-2014, 08:59 AM
I would not say to never buy a former rental. I owned one and rebuilt it inside. I guarantee that it was built tougher than any normal production boat. It had thicker aluminum and much thicker railings. It is just like any other used boat you buy - you need to check it out and pay accordingly.

GoVols
01-30-2014, 11:03 AM
Well, your average Joe Boater isn't capable of rebuilding a HB like some of us, which is why I made that comment.

Zilpo55
01-30-2014, 01:04 PM
Found this on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTmATK6VsR0

I'm sure these must be rentals. Hopefully they propped up those outdrives / outboards!

I've never rented a houseboat before. I would think the rental company would assist you in properly beaching or tying up the boats. Looks to me these people had no idea what they were doing, which is why you should never buy a former rental.

We've rented from a couple of marinas over the years before buying our own. I don't recall any of them giving beaching or tying tips before we took the boat out. State Dock in KY has a pretty impressive "captain's lesson" video that talks about beaching.

http://www.statedock.com/793/

Every time we turned in our boat, the FIRST thing they did was pull the motor up and look at the prop. One of them even posted a before and after photo on the contract.

Endurance
01-30-2014, 04:51 PM
It'd be easy to sit smugly behind my keyboard and think this couldn't happen to me. I've not been beached like this before, but from what I've seen it happens fast. Blindingly fast. The mistakes I see are anchoring on an open beach rather than nudging into a more protected cove and not placing enough shore anchors. About the time we think it can't happen to us, we get cocky. Then, we're fodder for the next youtube disaster video. Thanks for posting a great reminder.

GoVols
01-31-2014, 06:40 AM
I'd bet these guys didn't get their deposit back after this trip! At one point in the video, you can see the waves crashing on the back porch sliding door and the poor single outboard is going completely under water. I'm sure that outboard required some TLC after that outting!

easttnboater
01-31-2014, 08:33 AM
The rental boat that I purchased and redid came from State Dock on Cumberland. They use outboards for a reason. I have heard them referred to as "clip-ons". If the outboard got damaged, they could swap it out in less that two hours - in-between rentals. If it would start and run, I doubt they did much to that outboard. When I got my boat, it had a 150 hp Evinrude outboard. It was low on compression on three cylinders. It was carboned up like crazy. They had programmed the throttle to limit revs to 1800 rpm - bad juju for an outboard. I decarboned that motor twice before the rings unstuck and the compression came back up.

Also, rental boats with single outboards can get sideways in the wind very quickly. And, the single outboard does not have the thrust to counteract the wind.

OLD HOUSEBOATER
01-31-2014, 09:24 AM
Beaching with an onshore wind is a little bit dumb.

Stmbtwle
01-31-2014, 10:04 AM
It is dumb, but it may not have been onshore when they beached.

easttnboater
02-03-2014, 05:39 AM
The dumbest thing that they did was jump in the water and try to move the boat.

GoVols
02-03-2014, 05:51 AM
The dumbest thing that they did was jump in the water and try to move the boat.

Chuck Norris could have moved it.

E. TN, how did you decarbon the outboard? I have twin 4 strokes on mine and they idle a little rough, but run fine and don't smoke. I was told I need to have the 4 carbs / engine synchronized, but I think it's just a matter of having them cleaned.

easttnboater
02-03-2014, 06:11 AM
Mine was a 2-stroke. I bought two cans of the Evinrude decarb spray. You should have seen the crap that blew out of the motor the first time. It embarrassed me because it created a big oil slick behind my boat. Also ruined the spark plugs.

Since yours are 4-strokes, I would see if they have drain plugs on the bottom of the carb bowls. If they do, I would open them up and see what drains out. You might have some water in the bowls. You might consider treating your gas with Seafoam. That stuff is old school.

GoVols
02-03-2014, 07:23 AM
I treat my fuel with that Startron enzyme stuff. It's supposed to be good at cleaning up dirty fuel and preserving it.

42gibson
02-04-2014, 08:54 AM
I put Johnson 2+4 fuel conditioner in everything I have,boats,snowmobiles,mowers,chainsaws. it keeps them running great.i put it in my end of year snowmobile gas,they sit for 50 weeks a year and they run flawlessly,no varnish in the throttle bodies,no plug fouling.its kinda pricey but I only use it once a year