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goldingds 03-07-2007 11:15 PM

exploring islands
hey all, im planning on going on an overnighter with some friends to a nearby island. im wondering, after anchroing near the island, how can i reach the island itself?

Giulietta 03-07-2007 11:25 PM

Good opportunity to find out if your friends are really your friends...

If they let you use the dinghy...they're your friends....if they left you to swimm...don't go with them next time....

Good ways to get from A boat to B island:

1) swim
2) dinghy
3) Ground boat on island
4) Open propane wait 15 minutes, light matches
5) use halyard and mast as bow and arch
6) Use elastics and make a catapult


Pole vault
walking on water

goldingds 03-07-2007 11:29 PM

lol thanks!!

Giulietta 03-07-2007 11:40 PM

Tell me where you want to go....I'll send my moorey booguey board taxi.....

$5.00 round trip....snaks included

sailingdog 03-07-2007 11:44 PM

I prefer the walking on water...but most people just can't do it... ;)

Flying is also good...and precludes having to get wet...which can lead to an uncomfortable evening ashore. However, most boats don't have space for a helipad.

Grounding the boat on the island isn't a bad idea...but if the island has a rocky coast, it usually means finding a different way back to the mainland.

The propane bit is noisy, and sometimes, you fly off the boat and end up in deeper water, rather than getting to the island. Also, this method, like grounding the boat, may require you to find alternate transportation back to the mainland.

Swimming is a good option provided there isn't a strong undertow, a sewage treatment plant nearby or a native population of hungry, toothy fish in the water surrounding the island.

Using the stern arch as the basis for an elastic slingshot isn't bad, provided your crew is willing to haul you forward and let you go. This works best if you are a wombat. Note: see wombatpault...

The halyard and mast option only works if you have a very good backstay adjuster and a fractional rig. :D

tdw 03-08-2007 12:42 AM

Properly executed this system with modifications can work. It uses all natural materials and could well solve your problem. Yes there were some teething problems but faint heart ne'er won fair marsupial.

"In retrospect, lighting the match was my big mistake. But I was only trying to save Wayne," Bruce told the bemused doctors in the Severe Burns Unit of Bunyip Bay Hospital. Bruce and his homosexual partner, Blinky Bill, had been admitted for emergency treatment after a felching session had gone seriously wrong.

"I pushed a cardboard toilet paper tube up his rectum and slipped , Wayne, our wombat, in," he explained. "As usual, BB shouted out 'Fosters,' my cue that he'd had reached nirvana, so to speak. I tried to retrieve Wayne but he simply would not come out, so I peered into the tube and struck a match, thinking the light might attract him." At a hushed press conference, a hospital spokesman described what happened next.
"The match ignited a pocket of intestinal methane gas in Blinky's colon. Flames shot out the tube, ignited Bruce's hair and severely burning his face. It also set fire to the Wayne's fur and whiskers, causing it to scurry further up Blinky's colon, which in turn ignited a larger pocket of gas further up the intestine, propelling the marsupial out of the cardboard tube like a cannonball."
Brucei suffered second degree burns and a broken nose from the impact of the wombat, while Blinky suffered first and second degree burns to his anus and lower intestinal tract.
Sadly, Wayne the Wombat did not survive the incident.

It's sad to lose a cousin in such circumstances but it was in the interest of scientific research

ps - As SD has said walking on water s an option but you do need the right parents.

camaraderie 03-08-2007 12:46 AM

TDW...You are one sick Wombat!! <g>

Golding....Ain't you glad you asked??<g><g> The answer to your question is in here somewhere!

xort 03-08-2007 07:43 AM

Was PITA contacted about this?

sailortjk1 03-08-2007 08:10 AM

I wish I had gotten to this question sooner, but you have already gotten some very good advice. I'm just glad to see that you thought of this before you left on a cruise.

If it were me, I would probably swim. How warm is the water?

Giulietta 03-08-2007 08:36 AM


Originally Posted by sailortjk1
I wish I had gotten to this question sooner, but you have already gotten some very good advice. I'm just glad to see that you thought of this before you left on a cruise.

If it were me, I would probably swim. How warm is the water?

Please...don't be shy....develop....develop...the poster needs't let this interesting thread die...

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