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Old 07-19-2012
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Re: Tell us yer Sea Stories

This tale takes place at the dock ... but it's just as haunting. For there's a ghost involved.

When my brother and I began the Starwind 27 project, it was completely rotten, full of mold, missing pieces, and a general mess.

There was a hole in the side of the boat, but the nylon through-hull for the sink drain had disappeared -- because it was a ghost hole!

The plan to replace it involved me hanging off the deck with the outer part of the through-hull, sticking it through the hole. My brother would be inside the boat under the sink where he'd grab it and screw the backing onto it.

Attempt one. I lean over the side, but I see no hole. Puzzled, I stand back up, check my bearings and resituate myself.

Attempt two. I lean FURTHER over. STILL no hole. More puzzled I sit back up and yell to my brother if he can see the hole. He says, yes.

I hop off the boat and walk around the dock to look at the side of the boat. Yep, the hole is there. My brother is even sticking his finger out of it and wiggling it around.

There are obviously foul spirits at play. Is this some sort of Brigadoon hole?!!

I re-boarded the boat having marked the exact position on the deck that should correspond to the hole.

Attempt three. I lean further than ever before. My legs are barely keeping me on the deck. STILL NO HOLE.

I sit up.

Then my brother yells, "When you lean over, the boat rocks, and the hole is right on the waterline."

Oh.

So I reached again and he flipped his finger around in the water, so I could hear it. Through-hull went in with no problems. Got it sealed up with 4200.

BUT THEN MY BROTHER DIED THAT NIGHT!

Not really.

(Beware: These are the types of stories you end up with when you buy a project instead of something ready to sail!)

Last edited by Jetexas; 07-19-2012 at 09:58 AM.
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