Rescue Fruit

The crab traps had been down for well over a day, overdue for harvest and recovery.

The boat fired up easily enough, but something sounded funny. It wasn’t taking its usual pee. Meaning the engine is water cooled and expels a strong stream of water out the back to expel the water AND to let you know the cooling system is working. No telltale stream means a problem.

My mechanical know how was taxed in about a minute. Whatever effort I made to unplug things, if that’s the problem, was not successful.

Oh well, backup power. The 8hp fired up no problem, and started to pee like the proverbial derby winner. Off the dock. It’ll be slow going but the traps need to be saved. Except…. I don’t seem to have any throttle. I have two speeds, idle and idle. Getting back to the dock was a treat.

Hmm. Throttle cable is jammed, maybe even a little rust. Calling upon all of my mechanical resources I sprayed everything even remotely connected with the throttle linkage with WD40. And success, the throttle works, albeit imperfectly.

And across the strait, at about 5knots, and not 25 knots.

Made it to the traps in about 30 minutes. Jackpot (well a small one). Guarantee of crab dip for the Green Bay game!!!


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