warning:do not try this at home-part#7
...had not seen a ship or plane for two days...about 175 miles off shore due south of houma,i passed an oil super structure # times the size of the typical oil rig...much later i smelled something like kerosine,looked ahead and could a patch of calm water,oil in the water and sailed right thru it.was not long before i was surrounded by a maze of rigs,all shapes and sizes with crew boats comming and going.srimp booats were working too...i was hove-to with a weak anchor light on,my small 50 watt solar panel not able to keep up with the demand.was doing the phone alarm drill,getting a couple of zzz's,when i heard metal noise,rose in an instant,then a voice"wtf man?" i looked up and saw my port spreader hanging."sorry 'bout that" i yelled,and pushed the tiller to port.we separated right away,their outrrigger that held out their "bird" was what made contact...i sailed under jib alone for 50 miles,untill the wind calmed.tied a line onto the end of a cresent wrench and threw it up and over the starboard spreader down to a caribeaner fixed to stancion and back to winch to gain back some tension on the mast,lost. raised and reefed main,put on a smaller jib.this in time got me back to the boat yard,where my trip had begun.next day my friends brought the beer and i learned 'em of my adventure.they had a hard time "belizeing" it, 'till i produced the 30 day visa.i sold the boat back to the guy i bought it from,for alot less than i paid....fairwinds sailnetters...this is 2belize&back...over & out.