The other day I was headed back home to Sterling from Deep Creek towing my boat. the troopers had the traffic stopped just a few miles from soldotna due to a accident.
I slowed down to stop, and looked in my rear view mirror to see if anyone behind me. A little red car was about 100 yds or more behind me.
I came to a stop about 60 feet from the vehicle infront of me. I left the car in gear. I pumped my brakes a few times to let the fellow behind me know I was stopping ,, I have LED Tail lights that are really bright...
I looked back again to see how the guy behind me was doing, and I heard his brakes light up,.. loud screeching,, .. I let my foot off the brake and went for the gas, and it was too late... The car hit my boat... We felt almost no impact in the suburban, as I rolled forward.
I put the car in park and hit the flashers
ran back and here was this little red toyota car mashed into the back of the boat, with the lower unit sticking thru his windshield. ( motor was a 115 hp Yamaha and I had it in the up position for travel)
The prop was about 2 inches from his face and at his eye level.
The car had gone under the boat and lifted it up off the trailer a bit .
The older gentleman in the car was in shock, and would not speak for a moment..
I looked him over visually to see if he had been injured, and continued to ask him if he were OK?
He finally said he was not injured.
No one hurt in the accident.. his car a total lose, My boat and trailer recieved some damage, but thats not really important... What scared me was ,,,,
That prop and skeg went right thru that windshield, and I believe that if I had my car in park and not let off my brake and started to roll, when he hit me, I think we may have had a funeral on our hands.
I am not sure now,,,, how I feel about traveling with my motor in the up position.. my current trailer is not tall enough for me to feel comfortable with the motor down for travel...
So the question is
In what position do you keep your motor at as you travel ?
We can't control what the other guy is doing on the highways, and life is such a precious thing, ...
I don't know how I could handle it if that man were seriously injured and or killed... Those motors in the up position are almost always high enough to enter a windshield, and that windshield is of little protection..