You ever have one of those days? It's been weeks since I've had a chance to go fishing, so I loaded up the little Mitchell and drove an hour to a new spot I've been trying lately. The boat just did NOT want to come off the trailer. The rope kept getting hung up when launching, which has never happened. Spilled my coffee all over myself and realized I forgot my bait net. A few more signs I should have stayed home. Still, I headed out. 5 minutes from the ramp I'm trucking along, and decide to hop over a sand bar for a short cut. Water is nearly 1.5' deep at the sand bar and I've ran this way many times before without issue. I hit something, and it knocks the tiller out of my hand and into the air. The boat goes into a hard turn and nearly tosses me. I get a good grip on the gunnels and go for the motor, which is now flipping around wildly on the back of the skiff, still doing doughnuts. I try to kick it out of gear but the lever does nothing, and the motor is jumping around like crazy, so I kill it. I jump out and assess the damage. The lower mount bracket is busted, the shift rod in the lower unit is pulled out 3", bent at a 90 degree angle, and broken off from the shift rod. :-[ I've got Sea-Tow, but I'm within a Mile of the ramp and have pole and paddle, so I head out. Pole/paddle to the bank and head back towards the ramp. Red's were busting Mullet on the back so I figured what the heck, caught some finger mullet, and decided to fish. And then I caught every species of Shark known to man. I poled another Mile to the ramp, ratchet strapped the engine together, and headed towards the house. On the bright side, I stopped by a friends on the way home and we went shrimping for a while, and we ended up filling my cooler inshort order, so the day wasn't a total loss. ;D So, here's the damage to the 2002 Tohatsu 9.8 2-stroke. Broken right side mount. Broken lower shift rod, bent/disconnected upper shift rod, and 3 missing rubber snubbers. Parts are cheap, but the only thing that worries me is the shiftrod in the lower unit. It shouldn't be sticking out that far, and after straightening it back up, does not shift. And the shaft moves up and down a few inches and turns. Not sure how it connects to clutch yet. Any ideas?