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I lost myself, at anchor. My wife, docking. And a mistress, she's still out there!

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many moon ago when I was but a wee tadpole I was out in the dink and the thunbscrews on the retaining cleat loosened. it crawled up and over in an instant then bloop .. not the greatest sound i've ever heard. the safety lanyard held but the bill to clean it took care of my allowances for a while.

dropped some glasses and a favorite hat. now Im about to be a boat owner again so I expect the list to start building.

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I will never forget dropping my pocket knife off the dock when I was a kid. Probably about 12 or 13. It was a Boy Scout logo folding pocket knife. By today's standard, it was junk. The blade did not lock open, so it was probably dangerous too. But I carried it everywhere with me, even to school, which I'm sure would be illegal today.

It was the first moment I recall feeling completely helpless and subject to a life sentence for my mistake. I still recall where I was and who was there. I even recall the explanation from my Father that the bottom was soft mud and murky, so diving for it was futile. I was crushed.

To this day, I keep floating fobs with small carabiners on them in the car to attach to keys when I'm at the marina.
not in the water but I lost a hunting knife my grandfather had given me when I started deer hunting. It was the second season I had it. my belt broke at some point during the day. as we were doing drives the knife could be anywhere. I have found a couple over the years that look just like it a antique shops and what not, but purchasing another just wouldn't be the same. you're right about the feeling you get of complete helplessness.
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I will never forget dropping my pocket knife off the dock when I was a kid. Probably about 12 or 13. It was a Boy Scout logo folding pocket knife.
My mom was taking my 86 yr old grandfather on a jet ski ride, and flipped the watercraft. Grandpa was carrying the pocketknife given to him by his father on his 8th birthday, just as he did every day for the preceeding 28,400+ days between his 8th birthday and that day (including 3 years in Italy during WWII). Of course it fell in the drink, never to be found again.

Grandpa passed away a number of years ago and Mom still feels heartbroken about that pocket knife.
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I have been sailing off and on for about 35 years now, but have never flown a spinnaker of any kind. I have a nice Asym that came with my boat but had never used it, so my 12 yr old son and I set out to try it.

After a moderate knockdown that made my son nervous, I loosened the main sheet, handed him the tiller and halyard, and went forward to pull down the sail. Of course the sail dipped into the water and in the struggle to pull it back in without tearing it I kicked the ATN Tacker into the water. It seemed to sink very slowly as I ran back to attempt to grab it with the hook, but it was just barely out of reach (and there is no way I would jump into 50* water after it, and leave my son to figure out how to turn back for me).

That won't be the last thing I lose overboard, but it was a $100 lesson well learned. Now I realize I can just leave it attached to the forestay below the furler drum, stuff the spinn back into the bag, and remove it back at the dock.
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Bad SNEEZE and I lost my dentures. Not funny.
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We lost two whisker poles in Westlake. We had a new C14.2 and tried out racing. Running down wind and approaching the mark, my wife takes the pole of the sail and flings it over the side. We just watched it sink. We finished the races using a broom stick. We finished last. A couple of month later when racing again she throws the new pole over while trying to set it. We finished last. We gave up racing on Westlake and she stopped throwing poles overboard.

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A few years back, I was going up the mast and took off my almost new Casio waterproof watch and handed it to my brother. I didn't want anything on to snag stuff while up there trying to fish wires inside the mast. When the mission was accomplished, I asked him for the watch. "Where's my watch?" He just shrugged his shoulders. It is probably still keeping good time on the bottom somewhere at the dock in Mt. Sinai:-)

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A few years back, I was going up the mast and took off my almost new Casio waterproof watch and handed it to my brother. I didn't want anything on to snag stuff while up there trying to fish wires inside the mast. When the mission was accomplished, I asked him for the watch. "Where's my watch?" He just shrugged his shoulders. It is probably still keeping good time on the bottom somewhere at the dock in Mt. Sinai:-)
I have a Casio G-Shock, somewhere in Mobile Bay, probably still keeping excellent time.

One of the most inopportune losses I have ever had, was when I was pulling into a marina, talking to the harbormaster on my cell phone, as he was walking out to show me which slip to pull into, when I set it down on the icebox I always keep in the cockpit. A small wave hit me and I heeled about 3 degrees, and I watched it slide right off the top of the box, and into the water, and then tried to use hand signals to tell the dockmaster why I was no longer talking to him on the phone.

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