Hey all, new guy here. Here's my exciting but hellish week:
Friday, June 8th: 7:00 PM - Bought my first boat! It is a 2005 Islandia with only 50 hours on the engine...I am super stoked as I live in Okoboji, IA which is a beautiful blue water lake and I have been looking for the right boat for the last 3 years.
Saturday, June 9th, 3:00 PM - My father bothers me until I agree to put the new boat in at Rice Lake, IA, which is about 8 ft deep at it's deepest point. I reluctantly agree. 4:30 - Been on the lake for about 30 minutes with my parents, wife, 11 month old son, 5 year old neice and 3 year old nephew when I hear a really nasty sound and the engine shuts off. After checking the depth finder, which says 3 ft, I jump off the boat into 2 ft of water. I feel around and can tell that we sucked up a bunch of large, 2-3" diameter rocks. After 45 minutes of trying to signal another boat for a tow, they come to our rescue and tow us back to the dock.
At the ramp, we pull about a dozen rocks of various sized out of the intake grate and see more jamming the impeller. We get all of the rocks out, and it doesn't appear to have caused too much damage.
Saturday, June 16, 10:00 AM - We put the boat in East Okoboji lake and it has no power whatsoever. In order to get the boat up on plane, I need to isntruct the heavy people to sit in the bow. This isn't very much fun. After about 30 minutes, it almost feels like it is getting worse, so we take the boat back to the ramp and pull it out of the water.
I have now pulled the pump apart and have ordered a new wear ring, 6 tine fixed intake grate, and will have the impeller off to impros as soon as the tool gets here. I'll be lucky if I can fix this myself for less than $1,000. Does anybody know if I could have screwed anything else up?
Someone once told me that boating is fun, but it doesn't seem that way yet.
New guy here with an '05 Islandia, broke it within 24 hrs....
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