We were having a great Day on "Drippin Wet" and we were getting hungry so we put into "Stoney's" a local Seafood restaurant next to Brooms Island on the Patuxent River. We were about 50' from the Dock and I was making my approach with the wind blowing about 10-15, I want to be right on the money. Then all of a sudden the eng just stalled... tried to restart and the starter only clicked. I was like S#$%t, pulled the hatch really quick switched to the other Battery, no joy...Now I was worried with the wind and current pushing me away from the Dock and no time to toss the anchor cause we were headed (sideways) to another Boat that was dock at some adjacent piers. All hands were fending off the pilings fighting the current and wind. It took a good 10-15 min to get Her into a slip, During all this I noticed a white rope (Line) trailing in the water behind the Boat, I then realized what had happened. A Ski Tow Rope had Fouled my prop. I raised the outdrive Got my trusty Razor knife and cut it off, restarted the eng and all was once again well... We had a Drink and a Great meal and shoved off to home port. I was concerned about the outdrive with the Sudden Stoppage, but it ran fine. Oh and the Prop was undamaged! So all in all only damage was a few more gray hairs and frazzled nerves.
Couldn't have happened at a better time! My crew did a Great job of Fending off the impending disaster.