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Due to work committments, etc., I hadn''t been able to get down to my boat in awhile. This last weekend my brother was visiting so I invited him to go sailing with me. When we arrived at the slip, I went down below and found a huge active mud-dobbers nest by my fold up bulkhead mounted table. After obtaining some of the 20 ft.reach hornet spray, I doused them good, and they dropped as soon as the stuff hit''em.I started gathering up the carcasses and then noticed a hornet flying behind my vhf. I peered around it carefully and found a hornets nest the size of your open hand with about 30 of the little buggers peering back at me licking their chops! They were the bad-ass type, with attitude. I went up on deck, leaned in the companionway and doused them real good. Unlike the mud-dobbers dropping immediately, the spray seemed to just piss the hornets off. They came out with a vengeance. After what seemed like an eternity of swatting, dodging, and spraying, the enemy retreated. I felt good about the defense my brother and I had put up and the fact that we had prevailed. There wasn’t any wind, so I suggested to my brother that we motor down to a little restaurant about 1 mile away and get some lunch. After we had been underway for awhile, I went down below to get a cold drink. I peered around the vhf again to make sure there weren’t any hornets regrouping for a second attack. Sure enough, there were about 8 or so of the little devils bug eyeing me and rubbing their legs together like they do. They knew I had the “weapon of mass destruction.” I sprayed them again and they came out looking for their pound of flesh! My brother was at the wheel and they went after him first. Obviously their strategy was to take out the wheel man, which would create a diversion for the following full out assault. As my brother was swatting at them, he was jerking the wheel this way and that, which was tossing me about. I was going down, but continued firing off rounds with the “weapon of mass destruction.”. Bodies of the enemy lay about the cockpit. The battle eventually subsided, and all was calm again. The lesson learned? Never spray a hornets nest while under way boss! There’s no where to run!!!.
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I can't believe this post went by without a reply! You're dun fer now. Thanks Bubb!

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Don't revive dead threads...this one was dead for almost four years before you came along...


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Bite me. This deserves to be read.

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I thought you'd be off chasing Simon around the v-berth by now.

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Steede apparently has not been online here since 2005...I wonder if the return of the killer bees did actually do him in.

Perhaps he died from inhaling the after effects of chemical washout as being in the radiant zone during his release of the mass destruction devices.

There is one thing we do know - if he ever got a new boat or continued in sailing - he will probaly name the boat RAID and never "Little Hornet"...


Sad tho, since 2005 no posts from the original poster to update us. So, is which the case we will never know how the saga truly ended.

Instead we will have worry if the v-birth video will ever be released online here and CAM for once, will have more than unusual evil sense of humor and desiring to give us all nightmares - doesn't edit and remove said video...

I sense - if it gets released SD will actually posting due to the shock of such...

I think I see a hornet - gotta run...

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Ok so it had not replys, still a good read fun post!

Thank you BF for bringing it back, as far as SD goes.............sickem hornets!

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I can't take the credit. Bubb2 just brought it to my attention in the classics thread.

I must have missed the v-berth thread, but I can imagine.

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Dang it, so now I have to sic the hornets on you tooo!?!?!?!?!?! noooooooo

man I hate when thing s like this happen, here I thought........OUCH.......i could give you credit for once...........note to self, do not think, its brain muscles!...............oh my aching head!

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Jody - I don't think Mr. Stede was destined to be long for anything, given his "hit it with a bigger stick" mentality.

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