Once known as Hartley18
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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To set the stage, a 30ft 12,000lb boat on a 3 axle trailer parked at the top of a long steep boat ramp. Add a borrowed tongue extension and start down the ramp toward the water about 200 ft away. After hearing a bang and feeling a sickening snap watch your pride and joy rapidly pick up speed as it rushes toward the water totally on its own. I am not sure how fast it was going when it hit the water but it made one hell of a splash. After I got my heart restarted I had to swim after her, thank goodness the ladder came down, I got her back to the dock to check for damages. The most severe was to my pride and my nerves! That was one day I hope to never repeat, well maybe as a spectator next time.
Wot, and deny the entertainment for everyone else?!?
Having "boat-surfed" myself on at least one occasion - in a smaller boat mind you - to my warped way of thinking this sort of thing should be encouraged! There's nothing quite like the sight of a 12,000lb sailing boat launching itself to keep the sort of stinkpotters dabnis mentioned in line behind everyone else.
Good for morale and all that fuzzy sort of stuff.
A bad day on a boat beats a good day in the office