Originally Posted by Marin
Gas boats can inspire some pretty stupid ideas. A fellow in our marina a number of years ago had problems starting one of the engines on his twin gas Bayliner (I think it was a Bayliner, anyway). Poured gas directly into the carburetor of the reluctant engine, turned it over, it backfired big time and threw flaming fuel all over and by the time all was said and done his boat and two others were destroyed, a number of the other boats on the dock had severe soot coatings, and part of the dock was destroyed.
Common sense is not a requirement for boat ownership.
Wow...sounds just like the story about a former USCG helo pilot friend of mine...and a safety officer to boot.
Working on his Bayliner engines, poured gas into a carb...it blew..and his and several other boats burned up....what a close story...this guy was smart, safety oriented and a West Point Grad...still we sometimes take the wrong shortcut and pay dearly for it...fortunately no one was hurt in my story.
Three weeks ago a 18 foot center console blew at my marina...I had to tow it away from the gas dock to a sand bar and fire hose it for 1.5 hours till the local fire boat finally got some foam going..well it was a burned hulk by then..all I tried to do was keep the marina safe and try to keep the boat from being a bigger hazard till the firefighters took over....seems like on the water unless in a big city/boat oriented city....boat issues always take too long for the right thing to get going.