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Posted By: Marty

Golf Cart Goes up in Flames - 01/28/10 03:11 PM

One golf cart rental on the island finds itself short of one golf cart, as the San Pedro Fire Department reports that at about 1:50a.m. on Monday, January 25, a cart belonging to Island Adventures suddenly burst into flames in front of Grand Colony Island Villas, south of San Pedro Town.

Fire Chief explains that the residents who rented the golf cart were caught by surprise when they noticed the cart seat getting warm. Upon making checks on the vehicle, it suddenly burst into flames. The fire completely consumed the golf cart reducing it to just its metal chassis; everything else, including the roof and body was burnt down to a pile of plastic goo. There were no reported injuries.

Photos provided by Reporter Martin ZhiGang Ye.

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Posted By: WildThing

Re: Golf Cart Goes up in Flames - 01/28/10 04:36 PM

Well I have to say seeing the condition of some of these carts, I am not at all surprised to hear of one just bursting into flames!!

I guess there is no 'golf cart MOT' on AC? I can understand personally owned carts falling into disrepair - but I have been astounded to see many rental carts in very poor repair with bald tyres.

Guess lucky they got away with just warm arses!!!
Posted By: JZB

Re: Golf Cart Goes up in Flames - 01/28/10 04:58 PM

Some people pay good money for seat warmers! smile

I notice they haven't updated their license plate! tsk tsk
Posted By: ScubaLdy

Re: Golf Cart Goes up in Flames - 01/28/10 05:44 PM

I had this problem - twice - both times someone noticed smoke coming from under the back (middle of cart) seat. When the seat was lifted flames shot up. Bystanders put out the fire. Both times it was a case of a wire bouncing up into the coil.

These roads are deadly. AND - YES - I know that golf carts are made for golf courses - but the reality is that is what we have here. Even the parts of the beach that used to be restricted to golf carts and bicycles now have heavy vehicles and the beach is a rutted and rough as the road.
Posted By: Peter Jones

Re: Golf Cart Goes up in Flames - 01/28/10 08:49 PM

The bottom line is that golf carts are really quite unsuitable for the use they're put to here, and the environment they have to operate in.
Posted By: champion

Re: Golf Cart Goes up in Flames - 01/28/10 08:56 PM

Peter you are so right. This is an opening for a company to resolve this and create something new just like the planes. If not mistaken, the planes that Tropic and Maya use were first developed for use in Belize or so I was told. The luggage belly pan for one.
Posted By: papashine

Re: Golf Cart Goes up in Flames - 01/28/10 09:15 PM

Actually FED X is responsible for Cessna developing the Caravan and the Grand Caravan.
Posted By: champion

Re: Golf Cart Goes up in Flames - 01/28/10 09:19 PM

Ok on that, but it still seems that an enterprizing company could make something more usefull and reliable.
Posted By: reaper

Re: Golf Cart Goes up in Flames - 01/28/10 09:29 PM

Polaris, Yamaha, Honda all make suitable vehicles. No one likes them on the island however because they go too fast.
Posted By: Peter Jones

Re: Golf Cart Goes up in Flames - 01/28/10 09:32 PM

And why on earth (or should I say on Ambergris Caye) are they so expensive? I can buy a good upmarket used car in England for what one of these dreadful things costs here, and that would survive the environment.
Posted By: champion

Re: Golf Cart Goes up in Flames - 01/28/10 09:40 PM

Originally Posted by reaper
Polaris, Yamaha, Honda all make suitable vehicles. No one likes them on the island however because they go too fast.


But don't they rust out in 3 years?
Posted By: Phil

Re: Golf Cart Goes up in Flames - 01/28/10 09:47 PM

yep. Which is why a nice quiet electric Club Car Golf Cart with aluminium Chassis IS the perfect island vehicle. Mine is a vintage previous century version still going strong(ish).
Posted By: D.O.A.

Re: Golf Cart Goes up in Flames - 01/28/10 10:03 PM

Never lived until you have had a polaris sportsman blast by you going about 40 MPH headed into town with a burnt out/modified performance muffler setup
Posted By: champion

Re: Golf Cart Goes up in Flames - 01/28/10 11:10 PM

Originally Posted by D.O.A.
Never lived until you have had a polaris sportsman blast by you going about 40 MPH headed into town with a burnt out/modified performance muffler setup


They can't do that north of the bridge, ain't it to rough? Also, I mean develop a machine similar to a cart but specific to Island conditions, Alum frame, 25 mph max, semi-enclosed for elements and such.
Posted By: 2MILESNORTHOFCUT

Re: Golf Cart Goes up in Flames - 01/29/10 01:37 AM

Champion, D.O.A. has it right, Scares the crap out of you on a standard cart when it happens, feels like a hurricane. shocked
Posted By: tacogirl

Re: Golf Cart Goes up in Flames - 01/29/10 02:30 PM

We had the hot seat thing at New Years on our cart rental and thought a belt was broken, smoke was coming out.

Good to know it could have been coil. Cart broke down the next day on Paul's way to return it and they had to come get him.

Was on a boat here and engine caught fire - Captain advised us all to get out fast and a few people scraped themselves up in the process. Luckily Capt was emergency prepared and had a fire extinguisher on board and got the fire out fast.
Posted By: hazzyy

Re: Golf Cart Goes up in Flames - 01/29/10 05:29 PM

Originally Posted by D.O.A.
Never lived until you have had a polaris sportsman blast by you going about 40 MPH headed into town with a burnt out/modified performance muffler setup



Even better is when they fly by in the opposite direction covering you and your used to be moist eyeballs with dust!!
Posted By: D.O.A.

Re: Golf Cart Goes up in Flames - 01/29/10 07:40 PM

That polaris wrecked a perfectly calm tranquil moment when you are thinking "this is why I keep returning to Belize" blue skies, slight cool breeze, everyone saying good morning a truly perfect peaceful day and then an ear piercing WAAAAAAAHHHHH ZBRZBRZBRZBRZBRZBR POP! POP! POP! (sorry you will have to try and sound that out in your head)

I really like the dusty film that you find stuck to your entire body, especially if the sunscreen has not soaked in yet. Don't forget that "gritty" surprise you might have if drinking from a plastic cup....

All in all I would say it is something like 70% ambiance 30% annoyance. Keep in mind the person writing this started out on CC when their was just that old beat up landy that I saw move once, a red toyota truck and one golf cart.

Club Car has come out with a line called the XRT. They are laid out like a polaris or a kawasaki mule (4 seater), but have an all aluminum frame and have a lot more torque than a golf cart. We have one at our hunting lease, and it will go anywhere the mule will with more legroom. Top speed is a little shy of 25 mph, and you do not have to keep shifting gears or into and out of 4WD as it is all automatic. We really beat the snot out of the thing (deep mud, water well over floor board etc.) and it is running strong (hour meter said something like 1400 last time I looked). We are thinking of buying a second one to replace the mule as it is really getting up in age and hours. Shudder to think what one would run price wise down in paradise though

http://www.clubcar.com/homeowner/utility4x4/Pages/default.aspx
Posted By: champion

Re: Golf Cart Goes up in Flames - 01/29/10 09:37 PM

Just watched the vidio, now Thats what I'm talken about. Thats the perfect rig for A/C. How much in the states?
Posted By: D.O.A.

Re: Golf Cart Goes up in Flames - 01/29/10 10:36 PM

Gas around $9,000 base, diesel about $10,400 fully rigged as a machismo mobile (lift, tires, winch etc)about $12,500
Posted By: hazzyy

Re: Golf Cart Goes up in Flames - 01/30/10 12:53 AM

Originally Posted by D.O.A.
Gas around $9,000 base, diesel about $10,400 fully rigged as a machismo mobile (lift, tires, winch etc)about $12,500


So like $40K in Belize!
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