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 Took my little aluminum boat out for its maiden voyage & figured to take it up to where the Stanislaw river dumps into New Melones reservoir....I took my time just outside the boat dock and ran it for a half hour or so & everything seemed in order, so off I went....I found some nice looking bench gravels that looked promising but I wanted to see how far up river I could get. there was also a LOT of fractured bedrock that appeared undisturbed and near perfect for detecting....when I finally ran out of enough water to run the boat, I went to turn around & noticed I was getting a little more smoke than usual & glanced at the discharge port for the water pump....no water coming out, headed back & the engine started spitting steam so I shut it down & waited till it cooled down...started it back up & within a minute, the same thing started happening...luckily, there was a guy up there fishing & he was nice enough to tow me back...I'm gonna get off the computer as soon as I finish this post & see if I burnt it up or whether or not it's as easy as replacing the impeller & thermostat....I did start it when I got back to the motorhome, & it didn't feel or sound good...

 I'm thinking it's toast, but won't know till I get some compression readings...I hope I can salvage it & get it running quick, because I really think I can do pretty good at some of the spots I seen.

Here's some pics of the gravels...I didn't take any of the great looking bedrock areas because I was too busy trying to avoid rocks under the boat.

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Nope...I took off the lower unit this morning & the seal that holds the water tube was rotten...the impeller was ok but I could feel that it was aged, so I ordered an impeller and seal. I don't think I fried the engine because it started...it did backfire a bit, but I'll address that when the new parts get here.  I can't wait to get back up there and spend some time digging and cracking apart the slabs of bedrock. Hopefully the sierra snow melt will be just about ended by then & I'll be able to wander upstream as well...where the river entered the lake, it was really high & was bank to bank.

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Just a friendly warning that there is absolutely NO mineral entry allowed there and have seen, known quite a few folks who have paid the awful price when caught mining in reservoirs-John

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 I talked to one of their park rangers a couple months ago and was told that as long as I used common sense and wasn't turning the water in the lake muddy or disturbing large patches of dirt, it shouldn't be a problem...I plan on doing neither and don't think I'll have any issues.  Being discreet about how, where, when will hopefully keep me from any confrontations or problems.

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Tell em...."im picking up lead shot and sinkers so the birds and fish dont poison themselves and trying to find fishing lures so I dont have to buy them" :) 

Tom H.

 

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