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wizbang 13
11-08-2011, 10:22 PM
I did not stage this pic, I was taking some over the transom photos,leaning out not watching where I was going @ 35mph, and the boat went off course and hit the rip /beach. I am lucky I didnt bust my freakin neck.I climbed out of this mess, first thing I did was take a few snaps.This is rip rap from railroad tracks along the water. No houses for miles.http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6060/6327242553_c0f4f8d85f_z_d.jpg

The Bigfella
11-08-2011, 10:25 PM
Ouch. Glad you are OK

wizbang 13
11-08-2011, 10:25 PM
The camera got knocked, lucky to save the SD card, but here she is, engine cowling knocked off and broken and in the sand, boat almost upside down, crap scattered all over the place, me? not a single scratch or bruise(almost). This pic is bleary, but check it out! Port side steering, my left shoulder was in the sand.Battery smacked me on the right hip.. http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6049/6334294605_7ce24a2e4e_z_d.jpg

Jimmy W
11-08-2011, 10:30 PM
Well dang Wiz. You did mess up that landing. Glad you didn't break your neck. Looks like some patching will be needed.

Jimmy W
11-08-2011, 10:33 PM
Second pix looks much worser than the first.

James McMullen
11-08-2011, 10:34 PM
Owie, Bruce! I done told you that contraption wuz dangerous! Now be more careful, dammit! I don't wanna have to eat your share of the cioppino aboard HAMA at the boat show next year. I almost injured myself just eating what I got served.

Not as bad as the helping of beach rocks ol' Wizbang got served, admittedly.

wizbang 13
11-08-2011, 10:37 PM
After taking a few pics , I called my buddy, who dispatched right away@ 15Kn, 2 hours away.
I flipped her back over and figgured she would be in 3 or 4 pieces, being lightly built with filets only /no tape, yada yada .
Well, she was broken where she was broken and not where she was not!
Hotdang! I put some heavy rocks inside to stbd and launched her. The big hole was out of the water, but there are 2 or 3 fractures on the bottom.
Wizbang has a RULE3700,bilge pump, and thangod it was still up and running, although the cowling was broke.
Ihttp://farm7.static.flickr.com/6048/6327245779_2df2fdc417_z_d.jpg loaded the boat and gave her a test.
The bilge pump, power trim ,controls and steering still worked. The dashboard was bust off with the steering wheel on it , but I could steer.
"Lectric start= no go and when I pulled the string she was locked up, jammed in fwd gear, so I had to pull the safety thingy( not start in gear thing) fwd with my left hand and pull the stringy with my right.
ZOOM, she started, but in gear, and I ran right back up on the stinking beach @ 6 knots. Where is americas funniest videos when you want em!Well, not exactly a beach, back into a rock.
Nice hole ripped in her chine 6" x 3'

wizbang 13
11-08-2011, 10:51 PM
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6227/6328050530_89a70a2fbc_z_d.jpgHelm busted offhttp://farm7.static.flickr.com/6217/6328053798_926764da41_z_d.jpgRocks to trim the hole outhttp://farm7.static.flickr.com/6229/6327301913_c34cbb9814_z_d.jpgMy friend Jesse escorting me back, making 10kn , leaned over with the rule pump running and the transom plug pulled.
More about these rocks later.Stay tuned.

WX
11-08-2011, 10:56 PM
Good save anyway...and the rocks will look good in your garden.

wizbang 13
11-08-2011, 11:05 PM
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6213/6328055460_23b3c1ef59_z_d.jpgSo, wow, lucky me, here we are back in Gig harbor, having limped 15 miles home. All is well right?
Wrong.
I took her 100 yards to the launch ramp , tied her to the dock and made the HUGE MISTAKE of taking out the GD ROCKS!!!
The boat sunk, SUNK at the dock in 5 GD seconds with me in it. bumma.
My buddies and I wrestled the thing over to the ramp, I am swimming around fully dressed, and it is a nice day but the sea is COLD and I had not gotten wet untill now. gawddang. It takes about 5 minutes, I am now hypothermic, the engine has been underwater, what was a $200 repair is now $1500, and my mates realize I am starting to show signs of hyper stupid. Luckily, I have good mates, everything got squared away, broken boat got on the trailer and I drove home. I live only 2 miles from the ramp.
Well, the engine is not starting, ok, I have been through this drill before.
I start collecting / organizing my junk. 2 cameras, cell phone ,gps, shot.
But wait!! where the devil is my duffel bag, with my wallet, C cards, cash, ect. ?
Check the tide, 0 feet @2100, take a hot bath and drive back down to the launch ramp keeping my fingers crossed that I can retrieve my vitals.
You can imagine I am in hot h2O with Honey.

One piece of luck, there is my duffel, in a foot of water, my nice Nicon binocs,shot, ugh, but my soaking salty wallet is there. ( lotta cash!!)
I am still kinna shaking.I mean,look at this pitiful vessel. She has holes in the DECK from using rocks as brakes while UPSIDE DOWN!!
I will take a close look at the damage tomorrow, but the epoxy filets did not fail.
What an idjiot to pull those ballast stones before getting her on the trailer.
( How about those cool laminated knees on the Hi Laker? )

PeterSibley
11-09-2011, 12:03 AM
Well saved ... your neck I mean .You can build or repair boats !

Nice building stone on that beach !

johnw
11-09-2011, 12:19 AM
Hell, Bruce, you're lucky to be unscathed! You can always build another boat. Maybe foam flotation next time?

wizbang 13
11-09-2011, 12:22 AM
Crickey I am starting to hurt.

johnw
11-09-2011, 12:30 AM
It only hurts when he laughs.

Hwyl
11-09-2011, 12:44 AM
Man you were lucky, I;m glad it worked out. I;m surprised the wooden windshield survived. Take it easy for a couple of days.

(What shot was worth originally turning round at that speed, must have been something special)

gilberj
11-09-2011, 12:59 AM
Glad you are OK.....I once had the transom disintegrate (dry rot)on a borrowed runabout while under-weigh. I had to hold the engine in place running till I got to a dock, and throw it into the bow, to lift the shattered stern clear of the water. The boats owner (my Grandfather) thought I had been silly (I was 17), but I was completely innocent of that charge that time.
Anyway very glad you are OK with little more than wounded pride and a beat up boat.

Yeadon
11-09-2011, 01:15 AM
Wizbang is the Keith Richards of wooden boats. Amazing. I believe he just might live forever.

skuthorp
11-09-2011, 01:59 AM
It's sorta like those F1 wrecks you see on TV where the car tosses bits of itself in all directions but the driver tucks his steering wheel under his arm and walks away.

But that was a serious incident and you are a lucky man.

PeterSibley
11-09-2011, 04:15 AM
Crickey I am starting to hurt.

I fell through a ceiling about 5 years ago and landed on the back of my neck .Lots of cuts and abrasions and it hurt .That was the good news .It would have been very bad if I couldn't feel the pain .

Paul Pless
11-09-2011, 05:52 AM
Damn, what a day, what a thread. McMullen might be right for once, perhaps you should stick to sail.;) Seriously, glad you are alright.


but the epoxy filets did not fail. they never do. . .

orbb
11-09-2011, 05:58 AM
Glad you are ok. Quite an adventure.

Garret
11-09-2011, 08:14 AM
Definitely glad you're OK. Think of it as a story opportunity.....

Ian McColgin
11-09-2011, 08:26 AM
So well named.

Not Wiz like the guy in Oz, but whizzzzz . . .



. . . . . BANG

Fun with boats.

Canoez
11-09-2011, 08:56 AM
Man you were lucky, I;m glad it worked out. I;m surprised the wooden windshield survived. Take it easy for a couple of days.

(What shot was worth originally turning round at that speed, must have been something special)

+1 on that comment.

Glad you're OK, but as my father said when I was learning to drive, "Watch where you're going!"

wizbang 13
11-09-2011, 09:09 AM
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6052/6328390709_20cf045a46_z_d.jpgIt was a technical pic of a fairing piece I had just put on, not scenery. The only way I can see what is going on back there is to lean back with a camera. The wee boat has bigger problems now. Maybe I should quit riding bulls and stick with mules.Thank You everyone for your comments. Bruce

htom
11-09-2011, 09:49 AM
Ouch. At least you have pictures, so it happened. Glad you're OK.

Breakaway
11-09-2011, 01:23 PM
Any one you can walk away from is a good one.:)

Glad you are all right.

Kevin

BBSebens
11-09-2011, 02:54 PM
Dam. Thats a hell of a ride. really amazing that you got out alive, much less not too severely injured.

Might I suggest, if you haven't done so all ready, get into a Doc soon. There could easily be underlying injuries that will show up later.


You will fix the boat, right? 'Cause that little boat has more "cool" factor per foot than any other I've seen.

Bob Adams
11-09-2011, 03:07 PM
Damn man! Glad you survived, I hope the boat pulls through too! If the motor wasn't running when it drowned, things may not be that bad. If you can't get right on it, as silly as it sounds, submerge it in fresh water until repairs begin. Then, get the water out, run a flushing agent run through the crankcase and cyls, dry her out and try to get 'er started. Good luck. I'm gonna stop bitching about how bad my day has been.

Phil Y
11-09-2011, 03:53 PM
Have you ever thought about getting a Jet Ski? Glad for you you weren't killed though.

thedutchtouch
11-09-2011, 05:04 PM
glad you're ok. lets see the last few pre-crash photos to see if it was worth it. what are your plans for the boat? fix? rebuild? second the adding flotation idea.

Lew Barrett
11-09-2011, 05:15 PM
Wishing you well, Bruce. Smokes get wet?

callsign222
11-09-2011, 07:06 PM
This is a most epic thread.

John B
11-09-2011, 07:11 PM
Certainly is. That was a near miss for you eh Wizz, I'm glad you're not injured more than the bumps and bruises.

Peter Malcolm Jardine
11-09-2011, 07:18 PM
WELL.... I was just surprised that you had THAT bad of a paint job on the bottom... Didn't your mother tell you to put on fresh underwear in case you had an accident? (Bet your undies weren't fresh at the end, glad you're okay)

potomac
11-09-2011, 09:01 PM
I hope you're able to fix her- she's a real original. Tortured ply in motion- and then not. Glad you're okay.

rbgarr
11-09-2011, 09:09 PM
I'm speechless here.

Makes my lead keel's run-in with a ledge last week look absolutely TAME by comparison.
http://i39.tinypic.com/f0zxq1.jpg

John B
11-09-2011, 09:43 PM
Crikey. Did you do a forward roll when you hit that Dave.

rbgarr
11-09-2011, 10:18 PM
A bit, yes, but nothing like Wiz did.

BrianW
11-10-2011, 12:17 AM
Feel free in the future, to start threads without going through the trouble of wrecking your boat.

Glad you okay.

wizbang 13
11-10-2011, 05:53 PM
https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=2412969198384&set=a.2412964958278.2128393.1075894410&type=1&theater
Here is a funny a friend put on FB. of a dingy I built for him . Having a laugh on me, imagine that!

wizbang 13
11-11-2011, 09:20 AM
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6095/6333980581_353562729e_z_d.jpg I will probably burn her in the spring and make another. I wanted to build a lighter one and she only took 60 hours and a few hundred bucks. She is a proto type. I do think I will make the "wings" bigger and fill them with foam. Stinking motor has been underwater twice. Going back to the big boat soon, no hurry.

Garret
11-11-2011, 09:39 AM
Bummer. I hope the burning ceremony will be complete with appropriate libations.

Hopefully Wizbang Ver. 2.0 will be even betterer!

Paul Pless
11-11-2011, 09:50 AM
We can rebuild Wizbang. We have the technology. We have the capability. Wizbang II will be that boat. Better than she was before. Better, stronger, faster (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DaftPunk).'"

OconeePirate
11-11-2011, 10:34 AM
To quote the Drowned Men, "What is dead may never die, but rises again, harder and stronger."

CharlieCobra
11-11-2011, 11:00 AM
Bruce, this little mishap gives new meaning to the name "wizBANG!" Sorry, couldn't resist that and glad ya came through mostly unscathed, except for the boat.

MoMan
11-11-2011, 12:02 PM
Glad you're OK, and thanks for sharing your mishap, Bruce. I suspect that many of us would be too ashamed to publish our big mistakes. I'll never forget the day I forgot to put the drain plug in and almost sank our ski boat 2 days before our lakehouse wedding!

Mike

wizbang 13
11-11-2011, 12:19 PM
Glad you're OK, and thanks for sharing your mishap, Bruce. I suspect that many of us would be too ashamed to publish our big mistakes. I'll never forget the day I forgot to put the drain plug in and almost sank our ski boat 2 days before our lakehouse wedding!

Mike
Big mistake??? It was just a George Bush Sr moment.
Thanks

Lew Barrett
11-11-2011, 07:30 PM
To quote the Drowned Men, "What is dead may never die, but rises again, harder and stronger."

That is inspiring, particularly the harder part.

Lewisboater
11-11-2011, 09:42 PM
To quote the Drowned Men, "What is dead may never die, but rises again, harder and stronger."

That Viagra is quite something...ain't it? :D

mikefrommontana
11-12-2011, 01:39 AM
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6095/6333980581_353562729e_z_d.jpg I will probably burn her in the spring and make another. I wanted to build a lighter one and she only took 60 hours and a few hundred bucks. She is a proto type. I do think I will make the "wings" bigger and fill them with foam. Stinking motor has been underwater twice. Going back to the big boat soon, no hurry.

Actually I'm pretty damned impressed you were able to bring it home in that condition. Well cheers to the new and improved Whizbang--hopefully I'll be able to catch up with that one!

Hollingsworth
11-12-2011, 09:35 AM
Glad you're okay. Next time you go out for maneuvers, you may want a bit more sea room.

davebrown
11-12-2011, 04:19 PM
In regard to Yeadon's post, I do hope you are always a part of this forum.

David G
11-13-2011, 12:17 AM
Bruce,

I turn my back for a tiny 'vacation' and look at the mischief you get up to!

I am amazed, astonished, and hugely pleased to hear that a skinny little fella like you didn't just snap into a hundredeleventeen pieces upon impact. Hooray for a graceful dismount! Good to hear, too, that you'll be building Wizbang MarkII. She's such a nifty boat, it would be tragic to lose her entirely.

Larks
11-13-2011, 05:49 AM
Good to hear that you came out relatively unscathed, lends a whole new meaning to your forum tag though......:

wiiiiiiizzzzzzzz....................BANG!!!....... ................ouch

Bill Perkins
11-16-2011, 10:34 AM
Congratulations on emerging unscathed ! Did your weight to Port initiate a turn? Maybe photo on offshore side next time ? I admit to crawling out and peeking over my boat's transom while on plane . How else are you going to know what's going on at the business end ?

wizbang 13
11-17-2011, 11:22 AM
Well thanks Super Teak.
But I have no problem whipping up a lighter improved wizbang.
I am heading to Antigua in 3 weeks , but back in the spring to bend some thinner, lighter ply. I used heavy mahog for the stringers, I'll use AYC next time. More okume and less meranti. 4mm deck instead of 6mm. cooler looking reverse sheer. wider cockpit.
I will add foam to keep the engine dry too.
(maybe make the "breakaway chines" of glassed foam, easy fairing).
First , I have to see how my sai lboat has done in 10 un attended months.