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Optics GrassHopper

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After reading some of these tales, I have to share one of my experiences.  I know this forum is hunting related, but this event is worthy of sharing any where.

I do quite a bit of fishing through the warmer months.  Bass are my passion on the water.  Just a while back before I got my own boat, I had a friend who had traded up and had acquired a larger boat - with a gasoline engine.  This boat had been run once since he got it and had now sat over the winter.  We planned on an outing to a larger lake since we now had a boat - with a gasoline engine.  Jimmy figures he might need a way to get his gasoline engine firing after its long winter sleep so he decides to stop on the way and pick up a can of starter fluid.

So we get to the lake and launch.  He tries cranking it but it just kind of hits a lick or two and just cranks - hit a lick or two and just cranks.  Now he is prepared . . . he has starter fluid.  After a little tinkering he decides its time to put it to use.  He steps back to the engine, gives it a shot, and goes back to crank, and it runs for just a few seconds.  He goes through this scenario several times with the same results.  I tell him, "Jimmy, sounds like its just not getting gas.  It will run if it has something to run on."  After some more tinkering and another similar try with the same results he says, "Come over here and crank this while I give it a few shots of this starter fluid."  This does work as far as getting the engine to run some.  I tell him that we need to try something else as he might run his battery down from all the cranking he's doing.  He sprays quite a bit of this stuff under the engine shroud.  "Hey, man . . . I wouldn't use too much of that.  That stuff can be dangerous," - I did try to warn him.  He sprays a little more.  Now I'm at the console, he's looking into the hood through that small opening where the pull start is accessible and says, "Hit it."

About one second goes by, I'm looking forward at the console . . . BOOM!  Needless to say I jumped and ducked all at the same time.  I instantly recall Jimmy.  I turn to check up on him.  He's on his knees in the bottom of the boat, beating his chest as fast as he can with both hands.  Every time he hits his chest, smoke billows up out around his collar.  His is wild eyed and yelling, "Am I on fire, am I ok, am I on fire, am I ok?"  I'm trying to assess the situation and only about 5 seconds has passed since the "boom."  I get to him and he's still beating himself and the smoke rolls up with each hit.  I reach to him only to find nothing and yell back at him that he's ok.  He stops and kind of collects himself.  Now that it's over, I fall back into the seat and can't stop laughing - I'm beginning to hurt from laughing so hard.

This may be one of those situations where you had to be there, but it was truly a memorable moment.  He was singed around his eye brows and around the brim of his cap, but no worse for the wear.  He said the last thing he remembers seeing was a ball of fire coming at him and then the smoke around his collar.  We ended up laughing about this off and on through the rest of the day.  Could have been worse for sure.

As he was gathering back his wits, I found a slightly backed off fuel line . . . fit her up snug and we took off down the lake.  Just remember. "Don't use too much of that stuff."

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