FullThrottle Posted August 19, 2022 Report Share Posted August 19, 2022 Took a granddaughter and her boyfriend fishing and riding around. Great time, caught fish and beautiful day. Went into Lynnhaven River to get gas (still too expensive) and when I got back into the bay I passed a pontoon boat and noticed two guys waving to get our attention. Turned around toward them and saw some smoke. Sped up and got there, asked what the problem was. They asked for a fire extinguisher and we passed one over. As they got the fire (battery cables) under control I asked what happened: Their outboard died on the way home. Then they tried to use the trolling motor to get back and the cables caught fire (I assume the cables weren't large enough for the load). After the fire was out, I towed them about 5 miles to the dock and one of them went to get money from his truck. I told them it's not a good deed if I get paid for it, wished them well and left. Now, for those not thinking ahead some lessons: Never go offshore without a radio. Make sure you meet the minimum coast guard requirements - have a fire extinguisher. Really, I suggest exceeding the minimum requirement and have one twice the size required, they are not expensive. If you add something like a trolling motor make sure your cables can handle the load and upgrade if not. Lastly have SeaTow or BoatUS, or a really good plan to get back when a problem occurs as we all know if unprepared it WILL happen. Just glad we got there before things got out of hand and hope they've learned some lessons today. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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