Danger Will Robinson

D

dougn200

Guest
Well for all of you that missed the Chat on Yahoo Monday night @9 est
I will relay my sad story of Wrecking Amphi.

It was a beautiful Saturday in Ohio 65 degrees sunny and so I decide
to take amphi out of the winterizing stage and go swimming.

I grab Phyllis and Allie (the German Shepard) and head to Ceasers
Creek lake by the house for a swim. What a great day no wakes no
boats no wind and plenty of Feb sunshine. after an hour or so we
decide to head to our favorite little island place and let the dog
run ,all summer I love pulling up on the island and amaze the boaters
nice picnic tables and a good gravel base. WELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL the
lake is down about 15 foot and as we were heading in we were about 50
foot away from shore and hit 3 tree stumps under the water and amphi
is lifted completly out of the water, the water is below the bottom
of the doors and amphi is not budging at all I get on the hood and
rock back and forth I get on the rear deck and rock back and forth i
throw the anchor out and try pulling myself off nothing it is not
moving at all. Water is 40 degrees and 7 foot deep remember the no
other boat part of this story. finally about half an hour later a
bass boat comes flying by and waves at us and keeps going another 10
minutes pass and he comes back saying he thought it was strange the
way we were sitting in the water (Thank God) we break 3 ski ropes
trying to pull amphi off the stumps and it still does not budge not
even a half an inch. Finally another Bass boat shows up and wonders
what we are doing. Well I finally suggest that they take these 200 hp
monsters and fly by me and create a huge wake and maybe this will get
us off. So off they go I am rocking on the front hood Phyllis has 2
life jackets on and is sure we have a big hole in the bottom and we
are going to sink. I have phyllis driving the car and the boats fly
by and after the 6th time by the car rotates a little off of 1 stump
of course when this happens one of the props dig into the stump. we
then tie on the 4th rope on the front bumper and they can finally
pull us off. I head back to the dock and pull out .

Damage:

Left prop has no blades now we know why they are nylon so they do not
take out the transmission.

Front: has a dent in the bottom where it hit a stump

Rear Bumper : Ccocked but held no water leakage would not suggest
towing with this but had no choice POR 15 and gluvit held it all
together.
paint scraped off the bottom but other wise ok


Moral: There is a reason we winterize these cars you shouldn't drive
them in the WINTER !!!!!!


Viva Mt Dora.(hopefully)

Doug
 
P

pinch@aol.com

Guest
Doug,
Wow! What a story..And what an experience. You know, you might want to do
us all a favor and sell me that Amphi, so this won't ever happen again. I am
just kidding..Glad all is safe (an water tight).
 
R

Randy Tusone

Guest
Having been in the river in the winter, during low
tide and getting stuck, what a familiar story. We got
stuck in the mud however, not on a stump.

What we have found is that when stumps are a
potential, GO SLOW! At least then, if you hit one, you
don't usually wind up sitting on it for long.

Great story, thanks for sharing.
Randy

--- dougn200 <dougparsons@ameritech.net> wrote:
> Well for all of you that missed the Chat on Yahoo
> Monday night @9 est
> I will relay my sad story of Wrecking Amphi.
>
> It was a beautiful Saturday in Ohio 65 degrees sunny
> and so I decide
> to take amphi out of the winterizing stage and go
> swimming.
>
> I grab Phyllis and Allie (the German Shepard) and
> head to Ceasers
> Creek lake by the house for a swim. What a great day
> no wakes no
> boats no wind and plenty of Feb sunshine. after an
> hour or so we
> decide to head to our favorite little island place
> and let the dog
> run ,all summer I love pulling up on the island and
> amaze the boaters
> nice picnic tables and a good gravel base.
> WELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL the
> lake is down about 15 foot and as we were heading in
> we were about 50
> foot away from shore and hit 3 tree stumps under the
> water and amphi
> is lifted completly out of the water, the water is
> below the bottom
> of the doors and amphi is not budging at all I get
> on the hood and
> rock back and forth I get on the rear deck and rock
> back and forth i
> throw the anchor out and try pulling myself off
> nothing it is not
> moving at all. Water is 40 degrees and 7 foot deep
> remember the no
> other boat part of this story. finally about half an
> hour later a
> bass boat comes flying by and waves at us and keeps
> going another 10
> minutes pass and he comes back saying he thought it
> was strange the
> way we were sitting in the water (Thank God) we
> break 3 ski ropes
> trying to pull amphi off the stumps and it still
> does not budge not
> even a half an inch. Finally another Bass boat shows
> up and wonders
> what we are doing. Well I finally suggest that they
> take these 200 hp
> monsters and fly by me and create a huge wake and
> maybe this will get
> us off. So off they go I am rocking on the front
> hood Phyllis has 2
> life jackets on and is sure we have a big hole in
> the bottom and we
> are going to sink. I have phyllis driving the car
> and the boats fly
> by and after the 6th time by the car rotates a
> little off of 1 stump
> of course when this happens one of the props dig
> into the stump. we
> then tie on the 4th rope on the front bumper and
> they can finally
> pull us off. I head back to the dock and pull out .
>
> Damage:
>
> Left prop has no blades now we know why they are
> nylon so they do not
> take out the transmission.
>
> Front: has a dent in the bottom where it hit a stump
>
> Rear Bumper : Ccocked but held no water leakage
> would not suggest
> towing with this but had no choice POR 15 and gluvit
> held it all
> together.
> paint scraped off the bottom but other wise ok
>
>
> Moral: There is a reason we winterize these cars you
> shouldn't drive
> them in the WINTER !!!!!!
>
>
> Viva Mt Dora.(hopefully)
>
> Doug
>
>
>
>
>
> ------------------------ Yahoo! Groups Sponsor
>
> To UNSUBSCRIBE from this group, just send an email
> TO THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS (this is not the same
> address for posting messages):
> amphicar-lovers-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com.
>
> Any other issues may be addressed to the list
> owner/admin (Mike Israel) amphicar770@yahoo.com
>
>
>
>
>
> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to
> http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/
>
>


__________________________________________________

Send FREE Valentine eCards with Yahoo! Greetings!
http://greetings.yahoo.com
 
B

buoyant3

Guest
Doug
So that's the story we missed B4 we entered the chat room Monday
night. Sounds like you and Phyllis had a real exciting time. I bet
you were wondering if you'd ever get your Amphi out of there B4 it
got dark. You were lucky that a couple of boats happened by. I bet
those guys had some stories to share after they pulled out. Glad you
guys weren't hurt and that your Amphi isn't in all that bad of
shape. It always worries me when we hit something with our tires
while swimming. No matter how familiar you are with where you swim,
there may always be something down there unseen that can grab you.
Best Regards,
Marty & Caryl


--- In amphicar-lovers@y..., "dougn200" <dougparsons@a...> wrote:

..8<...snip
I hit 3 tree stumps under the water and amphi
> is lifted out

> Viva Mt Dora.(hopefully)
>
> Doug
 
D

David Chapman

Guest
> Scary Story Snipped

Doug,

How was Amphicar in the water with only one effective prop ? I'm told the trick
is to go backwards but that could make getting out of the water on to the
slipway difficult.

This experience also shows how important good quality bodywork repairs are,
particularly around those rear bumper uprights, yes I know everyone says you
shouldn't attach ropes to Amphicar bumpers but unless you're Jacques Cousteau,
when the water is cold and dark, you're going to !

You never know what is under the water, I once came very close to leaving an
incriminating tyre track across the roof of a Ford Escort on a flooded road - I
saw the top couple of inches of it's radio aerial (the only part that wasn't
submerged) just in time !

David Chapman in the UK

ps. First time I read your note I though Allie (the German Shepard) was another
of your European exchange students !!
 
Top