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    Default Forgot to put in plug. Feeling stupid and alone. Help!!!

    Whats up good people. Last weekend I got my JetBoat back finally after a topend rebuild and some other stuff I had done to her.... Well, after backing it down the ramp and launching it, it became clear very quick and in a hurry that I had forgotten to stick the plug into the back of my pump.......as for there was a good amount of water rolling in and very rapidly I may add. It took me a minute to find my plug, and after jumping in the cold water and looking like the NEWBIE that I am to jetboating, I was able to insert the plug and stop the leaking. EMBARRASSING.

    So, the water level did get pretty high in the back. Not high enough to sink the ship, but it scared the heck out of me to say the least. It came up to about mid-header level. Below the plugs and oil dipstick....

    My question for you guys is... What / Where can I look to make sure that I didn't get any water or too much water where it shouldn't be???? It's a big block Ford 460 with a Berkley pump..... Any information would be greatly appreciated fellas.

    Thanks and Cheers from the dummy....

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    I would say just check the oil to see if it looks like chocolate milk (it shouldn't). As long as the oil looks good and the boat starts and runs; I wouldn't worry about it.


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    Been there and believe me you won't do it again!

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    Thank guys. Thats the problem. The oil is suspect. I wouldn't quite call it milkshake, but it seems real thin... My boat guy did put in "break-in oil." Is breakin oil suppose to be real thin??? I feel an oil change coming on....

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    I always keep the plug hanging on the blower switch just above the ignition switch so I have to move it to turn the key. It reminds me that it's not in!!! It's saved me a couple times.

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    I've driven off with my shore stake attached,or left my scoop cover on, its not likley the first hicup probably wont be the last , maybe come up with a small "preflight" list I have one even for my Motor home Good Luck Tom

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    starter sits pretty low, and im sure it LOVES to be covered in water. if its not a big rusty mess yet, expect it to be soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ka0tyk View Post
    starter sits pretty low, and im sure it LOVES to be covered in water. if its not a big rusty mess yet, expect it to be soon.
    Unless it's a top mount.

    To the OP, Did you run the motor after the boat was swamped? If you did not run it any water in the oil would have eventually made it to the bottom of the pan. You can pull the plug and drain it. If you did run it and there was water in the oil it would look like a milk shake. What does the oil level show on the dipstick. If the level is not high and the oil does not look like a milkshake you are probably fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ka0tyk View Post
    starter sits pretty low, and im sure it LOVES to be covered in water. if its not a big rusty mess yet, expect it to be soon.
    Good call !! I swap out starters about every 4 seasons & pull the new ones apart & use cable and chain lube on everything wipe off the extra & reassemble it works great. Get water in there and by the time next season starts it won't BTDT it was rusted junk $250 down the drain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ka0tyk View Post
    starter sits pretty low, and im sure it LOVES to be covered in water. if its not a big rusty mess yet, expect it to be soon.
    Don't sweat the small shi$$! I have and been boating for more than 3 decades and will admit I did it! The worst one was a qwik call to launch at a race and the first one was when I was about 15 years old and my father trusted me with the boat! I did a check before coming of the trailer and caught it before the trailer left the ramp! My father told me after that he saw it and already had the trailer backed down and I pulled our 1973 Cheetah back up and drained it before launching me again! NOW THAT WILL BE THE LAST TIME YOU DO THAT!!!!! The next one was at a race during the finals and it was a qwik lap for a race and shit happens when a cool down and check-up needs to be done! Mark

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    Hey , mistakes are part of the game. I was sitting off shore one time and watched a guys wife back down the ramp to pick him up in a 2 wheel drive step side Chevy truck. She went a little too far too fast , air pockets in the fenders lifted the rear wheels off the ramp and the truck slowly rolled back and sank up to the windows. Should have herd the yelling... LMAO... I thought man, I am buying a 4 wheeler... Jim

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    I have a routine in the parking lot before I even pull down the ramp. Turn on the batteries and then Turn on the blower to clear any fumes. Let it run for a few minutes while my wife and daughter put the bimini up and I go back and put my plug in. I check that it is in and tight a few times before I head down the ramp. Just don't let anyone rush you.

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    Believe it or not I actually made a checklist that I go over before I leave the house due to stuff like this. I put the plug in at home and have two spares in the glovebox of the boat. After the second time that we left the life jackets in the garage I said no more and now I make the whole family go through the boating list prior to climbing in the truck for the trip to the water. We all do this stuff at some time... live and learn and help the next guy to not forget. This is not nearly as big a deal as some of the really scary stuff you see people do at the ramp. I actually had a knucklehead park his 12' aluminium boat in the middle of the ramp this weekend while i was backing down. Needless to say I explained the intracacies of ramp etiquette to this fool that I almost ran over.

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    Put the plug in it January, Pull it after Christmas...
    Jackets, skiis, Ice chest, chairs...in the boat
    Keep it simple

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