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How to Get Home When One of Your Boat Engines Quit

Tips on getting back to port with a down engine

How to Get Home When One of Your Boat Engines Quit

Starboard engine (off) trimmed up slightly while port delivers power to get home. Don't push it too hard... Photo credit: Deep See Visuals

Today’s engine technology is truly amazing. Motors run longer, faster, and more dependably than ever before. Engine breakdowns that we used to experience at least every half a dozen offshore trips, now we often go a half dozen years without. Be that as it may, as long as men make motors, they are going to break sometimes.

Spinning a prop hub or picking up line (think floating braid here) hopelessly wrapped around a prop are among the biggest reason you may find yourself immobilized. I highly recommend you have a towing service membership, especially if you head offshore on a single engine. I have talked with Sea Tow from 70 miles off Jacksonville, so if you need...

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