Saturday, June 28, 2014

Magic fire making stuff.

So we sailed yesterday.  It was a good start as we zipped around lake Kalamazoo.  Myles fished of the stern and I managed the sailing.  

We where having a great day then the wind dropped off.  After 20 minutes or so of drifting between wind shadows I decided it was time to give it up and head back in for some cool refreshments.  While we where puttering up the channel my dependable little 4 hp Merc cut out.  I was able to get the motor to restart and a 100 yards later it puttered out again.  I pulled the cover off this time gave it a look and checked to make sure the spark plug wire had not fallen off.  Then I looked at the tank.  The transparent tank appeared empty of green fuel.  I popped the cap off the tank and peered down in. There was just a dribble of fluid in the tank. As the boat went up and down on the waves I could see it slosh back and forth leaving the white plastic bottom of the tank clearly visible.  Placing the cap back on I choked the motor no fire this time.  Turns out you can scull a  Typhoon with out too much effort. After a few minutes of sculling I considered pulling up the main and sailing back in.  It's been a few years since I've sailed up to the dock and was getting a bit excited, although alone with was a 5 year old was probably not the time to be trying this.  I decided to give the motor another try. It fired back up and ran just long enough to get back to the dock.  We were seriously lucky today.  


  1. Chris, recommend an account with Boat US with towing. They provide anywhere recues ( without limit for the $65 annual fee ) and also include trailer rescue on the road. I've been out of gas too!

    1. Boat us is great. I already have tem I was just lucky enough not to need there towing this time.


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