Margaret Bonds Podlich
LAST SUMMER, STANDING IN THE TSA line in Albany airport, I noticed a familiar BoatU.S. duffle bag behind me. A fun conversation revealed that Andy, the
duffle’s owner, was a long-time BoatU.S member who lived a few houses from
my mom in the Carolinas. Small world! We started talking boats, then got on the
subject of jury-rigging. Andy shared a good story.
In the mid-80s, he and his friends took his center-console offshore from South Carolina
to fish the shelf. Three hours out, they slowed to troll lines. With little room to maneuver
onboard, Andy bumped into the ignition switch, and all went silent. “I turned the key
back on,” he said, “but there was no familiar roar, only a high-pitched spinning sound.”
He removed the cowl to find the top of the teeth on the small gear on the starter were
mostly worn off. “We tried and failed to hand-crank it. Finally, we found putting extra
upward pressure on the star gear engaged what was left of the teeth with the flywheel. The
problem was holding it in position to allow contact.” He had an idea, got a heavy piece
of monofilament line, and wrapped it below
the gear to hold it in contact position. The
line held long enough for the starter to turn
over, the engine came to life, and, best of all,
they were able to continue fishing.
Our editors are always on the lookout for this kind of ingenuity, especially from the
most experienced boaters in our membership. If you’ve got a great lessons-learned story
like Andy’s, email us about it. We’ll share the best ones in our pages.
BoatU.S. Magazine is all about sharing. In this issue, for instance, we’ve expanded our
popular Practical Boater section to include lots of useful tips on maintenance, money-saving, projects, and ways to do things smarter aboard. We’ll offer these tips in all our
issues going forward, and invite you to share yours. If we use your tip, we’ll send you a
West Marine gift certificate.
Have you done a dramatic renovation on your
boat’s interior or exterior? Do you have before-and-after photos? Share them! We’ll publish the most
inspirational in our special “makeover” issue this year.
Don’t wait till you run into me at the airport, like
Andy did, to share your experience. We love hearing from you and learning from you. From all of us
here at BoatU.S., best wishes for great boating in
the New Year!
CELEBRATING BOATERS’ INGENUITY
VOLUME XX, No. 1, FEBRUARY/MARCH 2014
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