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That kinda sucked, but I chose this life so...

I sailed my buddy's gaff rigged cutter Hanna 28 footer "spray" inspired thing "with him" from Marco Isalnd to the Key's the other day. No big deal, I do that trip all the time. We left at 4 p.m., putted out on the one cyl diesel, caught some wind, cut the engine at sun set. "Get some rest dude" I say. "Pass up a cup of wine and a swicher sweet cigar and I'll take it till I can't" So he does, lay's down, and there I sat, 15 on the forward beam, all flags fly'n. I had just drank a pot of espresso. Stary night. I'm feel'n good. So there I sat Till 9 oclock the next morning! Dude never came back. Left me out there. And when he did get up, after 2 hours of making himself some coffee and us some breakfast, as soon as he took the helm and started the eng. to motor through Big Spanish channel, the engine sucked up some goo and died. So I take the helm so he can fix it. It won't start. No big deal. I said "shake the reef out" that we had just put in "so I can sail it through the cut". The shackle that holds up the gaff breaks, and the sail flops into a weird shape, and is stuck in in the up Position. So now we have no eng or main sail! Luckily I had picked up my A-sym spin. at the sail maker and just happen to have it with me. I sail it for 8 more hours down wind to the N west Channel in Key West while he messes with "HIS" mess. 26 of the 30 hour trip I spent at the helm. With a few thank you's, but mostly dealing with his attitude. And yet to see the bottle of Havana Club he promised as a thank you jest. I chose to go and decided not to wake him for his watch, so I did make my own bed, but yeah, the whole thing kinda sucked, Believe it or not, it would of been easier to do my self. The more I sail with other dudes, the more I'm reminded why I single hand. I posted a pic of hour 20 at the helm with the spin. up and the miss shaped main. Thanks for letting me vent.
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Goes to show, no good deed goes unpunished.
Always look out after your own sleep, food and water first.
Never know when the other guy will flake out or the boat will break.

But of course you know that and were just trying to be a good friend and got bit.
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That's what they make air horns for.
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Reckon he neither knows nor appreciates what a capable and good friend you are.

Well Done!
on saving his boat and bacon.
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Re: That kinda sucked, but I chose this life so...

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... The more I sail with other dudes, the more I'm reminded why I single hand....
I'm with you on that.

Now, for him to disown the Havana Club is unacceptable!! I guess he is a buddy no more.
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Yeah know, we have been to sea a lot together over the past 25 years. We crewed on a tall ship for years together, we even were arrested in a Venezuelan brothel back '89 and driven out into the jungle hand cuffed together in the middle of the night. So there really is very little love loss. And what was lost will re kindle. But I'm still kinda pissed a little. Some other trivial sh!t went down just before and after the trip that added to the whole, But I actually had an epic sail that night. I sailed 70 miles in 10 hours through the night, milky way, shooting stars and pink lightning off my starboard shoulder. I'd do it again
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Yeah know, we have been to sea a lot together over the past 25 years. We crewed on a tall ship for years together, we even were arrested in a Venezuelan brothel back '89 and driven out on the jungle hand cuffed together in the middle of the night. So there really is very little love loss. And what was lost will re kindle. But I'm still kinda pissed a little. Some other trivial sh!t went down just before and after the trip that added to the whole, But I actually had an epic sail that night. I sailed 70 miles in 10 hours through the night, milky way, shooting stars and pink lightning off my starboard shoulder. I'd do it again.
OK so now the truth comes out.
It was a perfect night and you just didn't want to give it up.
I've been there done that.
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I sailed 70 miles in 10 hours through the night, milky way, shooting stars and pink lightning off my starboard shoulder. I'd do it again.
That sounds amazing. I imagine a sail like that covers a lot of sins.
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Capt, you got to tell your buddy how you feel about it all. I know us guys hold back our emotions. They get all bottled up when we don't let em out. Maybe you say "Hey John, you know I could have used a break at the helm last time we sailed together." Then again maybe he reads this board and he'll figure it out on his own.
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The thing is, I had every intention of sleeping from at least sun rise till lunch. The events of the morning break downs was what caused me to stay up all day as well.
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