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Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

I was helping someone move a Hunter 25.5 once and we left the key in the ignition (which I still do now on my boat). We were tacking through a narrow inlet, in a stiff breeze, when the mainsheet somehow hung up on the ignition key, yanking it out of the ignition switch and launching it a good 30 feet or so into the drink.

I remember watching it arc over into the water and sink, and turning to the captain and asking, "You don't happen to have a spare key on board, do you?" and instantly knowing from the look on his face, that he didn't.

On the northern Gulf of Mexico.

"Best thing to do is get her out on the ocean. If anything's gonna happen, it's gonna happen out there." Captain Ron Rico
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