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Tube Rope caught

Discussion in 'Glastron Jet Boats' started by AbuAyd, Aug 8, 2017.

  1. AbuAyd

    AbuAyd Member

    Messages:
    6
    Location:
    Round Rock, Texas
    Ratings:
    +1 / 6
    Boat Make:
    Glastron
    Year:
    2015
    Boat Model:
    GT
    Boat Length:
    21
    Looking for suggestions on how to make sure the boat is OK after an incident last weekend. I did not pay attention to the rope so it floated under the boat (2015 GT 207) and the engine shut off and I could not recover. Ended up getting towed out of the lake and took a look once the boat was on the trailer. The rope was stuck solid in there. Started cutting as much of it as I can. Got home and went under the boat and took all the rope I can see from around the impeller with a big knife through the intake grill. I then turned the engine on for few seconds to make sure and it came on and I immediately turned it off.

    Any suggestions on additional steps to take to recover from this and ensure the engine is working before going out on the water again? I am concerned if a small rope piece is still in there and it can cause more trouble or if I need to do additional maintenance to make sure the engine functions properly.

    It was an expensive lesson but at least I did not have to go to the shop and take the whole thing out to remove the rope. My thought is to always turn off the engine when ropes are loose in the water but I am also concerned about the constant turning on and off the engine. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

    I am a new owner of a jet drive but have been renting (regular drive boats) for many years.

    Thank you all.
     
  2. fireflymedic

    fireflymedic Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    175
    Location:
    Bonifay, Florida
    Ratings:
    +134 / 0
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2015
    Boat Model:
    AR
    Boat Length:
    24
    I shut my engines off at the drop of a hat. Iv seen what size battery they use on a motorcycle and it aint big so must not take to many cca to get engine running. Just in case i do take a portable jump starter but iv never needed to use it.
     
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  3. Chuckbig

    Chuckbig Member

    Messages:
    64
    Location:
    Worthington Ohio
    Ratings:
    +50 / 0
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2013
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    19
    You should update your profile to show that you have sucked up a rope. It happens to most of us!
     
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  4. Ronnie

    Ronnie Jetboaters Admiral

    Messages:
    3,680
    Location:
    SF Bay Area
    Ratings:
    +2,642 / 24
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2010
    Boat Model:
    Limited S
    Boat Length:
    24
    There are a few things that jet boat owners do to reduce the risk that they will run over a tow or docking line. For instance, always designate someone to watch the rope, turn the engine(s) off once the boat is close enough to pick up a fallen boarder, skier or tuber, not using reverse whenever towing someone/whenever their tow line is in the water and adding colorful pool noodles to the first few feet of tow line next to the boat to make the line more visible.

    However, I think that the strong desire not to relive the experience and expense of fouling a line on the shaft is my biggest motivator. Based on what you have written about this I'd bet you will be hyper vigilant for sometime to come about knowing where the line is at all times.

    These days I tell anyone coming aboard for the first time as well as people who have been out on the boat many times that rope watch is a shared responsibility between everyone onboard and I follow up with the consequences of fouling a line. That is, at a minimum it will cost time, sometimes hours, to remove the line, the cost of the line itself, possibly a towing fee and in extreme cases loss of the boat while it is in the shop being repaired. A few people have damaged their hulls by running over a line, what happens is that as the line gets tight around the shaft the line cuts into hull near the intake grate or just inside the grate where the shaft goes though the hull).

    My theory is that it's not matter of if but when a jet boat owner will run over a line. That is, it happens to all of us eventually and sometimes more than once so you are not alone.

    Before hitting the water again I would not just look at but feel for any residual line on the shaft from the point it exits the hull to the front of the impeller. A single strand of line wrapped around that part of the shaft can and probably will cause cavitation. Check for loose or missing sealant while you are at it and fix it if you find any. Also put an appropriate knife onboard, preferably one with a short and curved blade as well as a strap but in a pinch even a plain box cutter with replaceable blades will do. Take a look at some other threads here on the subject, even without cleanout plugs you may be able to remove a fouled line while on the water by removing the spark plugs which should allow you to rotate the shaft by hand. Of course this means you will need spark plug removal tools on board as well.

    Lastly, I don't think you should be concerned with constantly turning the engine on and off. The modern four stroke fuel injected engines of today have been very reliable compared to the two stroke carburated engines of the past.
     
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  5. BobbyP

    BobbyP Active Member

    Messages:
    44
    Location:
    39560
    Ratings:
    +36 / 0
    Boat Make:
    Glastron
    Year:
    2014
    Boat Model:
    GT
    Boat Length:
    18
    As far as turning the boat off on the water. I turn mine off every time I pick up a rider or put one in the water. Have a good spotter. Lastly never go in reverse with a line in the water.
     
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  6. OCMD

    OCMD Jet Boat Junkie

    Messages:
    515
    Location:
    Silver Spring, Maryland
    Ratings:
    +465 / 4
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2008
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    23
    We are super viligant about the lines. We shut down every time we re-load the tube or skis. Not a problem with constant on/off. Despite the viligance? We have sucked a line up two times. It will occur. Just like there are two types of motorcycle operators. Those who have crashed, and those who will crash.
     
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  7. AbuAyd

    AbuAyd Member

    Messages:
    6
    Location:
    Round Rock, Texas
    Ratings:
    +1 / 6
    Boat Make:
    Glastron
    Year:
    2015
    Boat Model:
    GT
    Boat Length:
    21
    Thank you all for the responses. We will definitely be more careful and will shut off engine when picking up. Hope we never have to deal with it again :)
     

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