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The boat gremlins will get you if you don't watch out

Fishing Columnist Brad Laabs

Have you ever noticed that boat issues always seem to show themselves at the worst time for you? You can be out one day and everything is working and running fine, head out the next day and you have issues.

The boat gremlins visit and harass everyone that owns a boat at some time. You will never not need to contend with the problems they create. Some people believe that the word BOAT is an acronym for Break Out Another Thousand.

The most common problems that can occur without warning are electronics (water and electricity just don't play well together), battery issues for starting or trolling motors, pumps (for aerators, recirculators, and bilge), main engine issues (such as water pumps, oil pumps, power trim pumps, fouled plugs...etc.....etc....etc....), trolling motors, lights, and switches.

Trailers offer all kinds of problem-solving opportunities, after they provide frustration and inconvenience. The most common issues of tires, bearings, and lights will get you at some point. Even if you are good about maintenance and care, the boat gremlins will get you.

Because we all come across issues that are beyond us to solve, it helps to have reliable and knowledgeable friends, family, or marine service (or all of them!), at your disposal.

I am fortunate that J & K Marine gets how important it is for me to get issues resolved quickly, as I have clients that count on me and my boat. Thanks Tim and Doran, you guys have gone above and beyond for me this month. The gremlins found my boat several times over the last month. I think they have finally moved on, sorry if they ended up bothering you now!

As long as I am on the subject of sharing some thanks, I would like to give a shout out to Joe and Jennifer Roach of Lake Melissa. They took the time during their holiday over Memorial weekend to print off, and deliver fundraising flyers for the Lake Sallie fishing pier project, to Sallie and some of Melissa residents.

Thank you to the many that have jumped in with financial support. We still need more to get over the finish line. I am thankful to the Detroit Lakes community for the way we step up for all the different projects, especially when they benefit kids. Make your tax-deductible check payable to: Lake Melissa and Sallie Walleye Foundation (and write "Fishing Pier" in the memo line).

The tax ID number for the foundation is EIN: 20-1696713 and is a IRS 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization. We are working with the county and the DNR to bring back the Lake Sallie fishing pier. You can mail your donation to: MN DNR, Attn: Nathan Olson, 14583 County Highway 19, Detroit Lakes MN, 56501. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Nathan at 218-846-8292,or email at: nathan.olson@state.mn.us.

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