The Back Story
My friend Chris Ricci has a new to him awesome Ranger bass boat. On this particular trip, while fishing with the starboard Power Pole anchored down, power is suddenly lost to all electrical accessories. Of Course, this takes place just as a Delta tidal window is opening and an excellent bite is turning on. We are scrambling checking fuses, breakers, connections, searching for electrical shorts, everything. Despite our efforts, the power remains out.
We called the previous boat owner, other Ranger boat owners and even Power Pole. I can't get a signal in my living room in Los Angeles but cell reception is fine in Hog Slough. Everyone asks if we pushed the reset button on the breaker box. The red button, they said. Between Chris and I, we pushed the red button twenty-two times!
Power Pole tech suggests that if we can get a rope under the anchor arm, we can manually pull it up. Okay, it’s somewhat of a puzzle getting the rope into place in a river current, and once that is accomplished, I doubt Hercules could manually pull up an extended Power Pole from the back deck of a bass boat.
By the way, the starting battery is fine we can drive. The Power Pole tech says to drive the boat forward, and the Power Pole will come up. We do this, and the pole only comes up to the depth of the bottom we are driving over. It’s still more than half way descended, we have a long run to the trailer, and we don’t feel good about running on the Delta this way. So into the water, I went.
By pushing directly upward along the axis of the spike, you can manually raise the unit. It gets better, after I use my incredible strength to push the pole all the way up, next morning I’m examining the situation further. Searching the battery compartment I was looking for in-line fuses, a flux capacitor, matter anti-matter, diffuser integrators, things like that. That’s when I notice a black plastic lever sticking out from the side of the circuit breaker; you know which breaker, right? The one with the red button.
In the same breath that I ask Chris, hey what do you think this does, I push the lever down. I then turn to see all the electrical units power back up. Okay, it took several hours, and a dip in the river, but we just learned something. A good attitude always helps.