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  As the weather warms and the ice disappears from the lakes and rivers, we begin to dream about another summer of new adventures on the water. I’m not usually nostalgic, but the dreaming made me think of last year and a series of events that were too embarrassing to record in our boating journal. […]

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  • Bert Wolf

    Mike and Jana: long ago, in our power boating days, we suffered a similar misfortune. We took our kids and a friend up the Ohio River (our usual haunt in our 21 ft Glastron) for a weekend on the Kentucky River, a new destination in a new boat, about 30 miles upriver from L’ville. Unexpectedly, the Ky River proved to be quite silty. The engine temperature went up quickly (no alarm) but we failed to notice. Smell of burning rubber got our attention, then the temp gauge. We had burned out the impeller, a new boating term for us. River Water was coming in thru the ruptured exhaust line into the bilge. So long beautiful weekend. Dick’s partner drove up and rescued us, leaving the Glastron at the shore with the bilge pump running. We returned that day with our trailer: battery on the boat was dead, bilge pump not running, poled the boat with great difficulty to a dock where we were finally able to load it onto the trailer and drive home, our tails between our legs.

    The dealership eventually had to replace the faulty cooling intake hose. Glastron admitted that several other owners had had similar problems. Of course, the impeller had to be replaced as well and we never went anywhere without a spare one after that. Thank goodness, Nikons don’t need impellers.ReplyCancel

    • Bert and Dick: Wow that sounds like an adventure of a lifetime too. Weird things often happen when you have guests on the boat;I never understood why they seldom wanted to come back for more “fun” once you get things going again.ReplyCancel