Motoring along last weekend on a drizzly, rainy, mostly windless Memorial day at 7knots (SOW) with a following current of about 1.6kts. Trying to stay awake as my overly warm foulies and the loud humdrum of my perkins engine try and convince me that I should be asleep at the wheel.
I deserve sleep after all. My kid is teething, so I've forgotten what sleep looks like. A couple long blinks feel so good......
The sound, and even more so, the feeling
of the "bang" come from directly under the boat. I unconsciously look down at the cockpit sole from whence the sound came.
Brain to medsailor: "Panic stations! Damage report! Bowels evacuated!"
Did the transmission just explode? No. While I've reached down for the throttle and am throttling down to idle in 1.4 nanoseconds, I realize that the engine still sounds okay and there is no vibration. Can't be the transmission or engine.
We hit something.
I immediately think of my prop, and the fact that I just spent (actual amount censored
) dollars on my new prop shaft, coupler, and prop and we only splashed a couple weeks ago. But wait, if I hit something and it folded over the blade of a prop, the prop and shaft would be trying to shake the boat apart. I've been there, done that on another boat. Nope, we hit something, but it didn't hit the prop. I turn around....
A couple seconds later, maybe 50ft behind the boat a 30ft log of about 10" diameter surfaces from the deeps. It's a typical Puget sound log, with all the edges rounded and bark gone from floating and banging into things for a while. I wonder how much she weighs?
I go below and check the bilges for the in-flood of water, which is a throwback from my wooden boat ownership days. Nope, not sinking. I go forward and check the bobstay and dolphin striker. Intact.
Plus one for my overly built, ridiculously thick fiberglass hull and full keel. It's got lots of disadvantages, but the other day, I was in love all over again with my heavy full keeler. We must have hit that log square on and it just rolled under the boat and popped up behind us. My prop is contained in an aperture and it a couple feet above the bottom of the keel so it was saved.
While I wasn't ever asleep at the wheel, I was certainly not at my sharpest at the wheel either. Makes me wonder if that's how it is while doing single-handed passages. On watch, but not really....
S/V Fairhaven +1. Logs -0...... for now.
PS +1 also for choosing baggy brown colored foulies.