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Glanced down between the dock and the boat one evening to see a face. A guy from the next finger at fisherman's wharf. Been missing for six weeks or so. By the time the police got there it had gone down again so a diver brought it back. Really foul job .but I had big HD plastic bags from fishing so we could contain the loose parts .
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Alctel, I was mayor of finger one back in those days, building Thane. The subject of our attention was a livaboard on finger three. Some talk about his girlfriends boyfriend being involved but no proof. His father, swell known fisherman was pretty broken up and made a high speed drive down Cook street and a long ways out into Juan de. Nice Chrysler too.
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A couple of weeks ago a couple friends and I anchored out near an outdoor concert. Started the day with one full bottle of rum (and other misc. beverages) and woke up the next morning with 2 empty bottles of rum. I manage the supply rather closely so I am positive only one bottle was aboard to start. Definitely creepy but I would be ok if it happened again some night

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I went sailing yesterday and all the Chardonnay disappeared! We still have no idea what happened.
How much Chardonnay was it? think I can guess on your mistery! we had same kind of creepy history with cabernet sauvignon.

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Back in '53, my Dad and I explored an abandoned hospital in Rivers Inlet while the net drifted offshore.I found a bunch of Hardy Boys books. Dad collected a large gunny sack of medicine bottles and a funny looking copper contraption. My job was to pour salt water over it as it gurgled away on the coleman stove. Fortunatly we had a 6 pack of coke on board and the mystery is I can't remember for sure what happened next. Still have the contraption as a souvenir.
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I had a friend sail with me off the coast of Georgia. We were only offshore about 25 miles, but he had never been in the ocean in anything smaller than a cruise ship and was very apprehensive. When NOAA got on the radio and talked about avoiding migrating whales in the area, he damned near panicked. "We have to get out of here - we shouldn't even be out here. The boat could sink if one decides to ram us." I tried to explain to him about how unlikely that would be when lo and behold a whale tail rose about 1/4-miles ahead and slipped beneath the waves. He didn't see it, though. A few minutes later, just after sundown, a whale began it's love song. Almost sounded like a loon was sitting in the cockpit with us - it was that loud. You would have thought my buddy had seen a ghost when that first sound echoed through the hull. He was in a true state of panic.

The weather deteriorated as the night progressed, we had following seas of 10 to 12 feet, and maintaining a heading was a full time job. No more whale sounds that night, but at daybreak, I saw another just a few hundred yards ahead of the boat. My buddy was half asleep and never saw that one either, so I never bothered to mention it. To this day, two years later, he says he never experienced anything like that in his life and never wants to.

Now, I've never feared a whale encounter, and have been right next to them on several occasions. The only wildlife encounter on the water that scared me was just inside Ocean City, Maryland Inlet, where my wife and I had dropped anchor to take a break and fish for flounder. We managed to catch a few flatties for supper, then some pesky, snapper bluefish came in, fish that were much too small to keep. We merely unhooked them and tossed them over the side to swim off. Just before sunset, I unhooked a tiny bluefish, tossed it over the gunwale, and watched a harbor seal rise within a foot of my hand and grab the bluefish. Then it just sat there, staring me eye to eye for the next 30 seconds, then slowly slipped beneath the surface. My wife and I were both shocked to see a seal that close, especially in that part of the world. The following morning, it was still just a few yards from the boat, swimming in the shallows, looking for another easy meal. Unfortunately, I never thought about taking a photo.

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How much Chardonnay was it? think I can guess on your mistery! we had same kind of creepy history with cabernet sauvignon.
A liter. Being classy people we had decanted it from the box to a Nalgene bottle.

I suspect we have a Chardonnay wight on board. As the hot summer weather gives way to a cooler fall we will learn if we also have a Cabernet wight.
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Some years ago a couple of guys I know made a trip south. They could do a sun sight for lat so knew they were a bit north and offshore of San Diego Could smell land and for sure hear voices ahead .Heavy mist, little wind, no soundings. Lowered anchor and all available rope, still no soundings. Voices continued for three days as they slowly made their way east ,dragging their sounding gear.
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Growing up on the East Coast I came across a few orphan dinghies, both afloat and ashore.

Always had to be "brave" to peek over the side to see what might be lurking within...
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Re: Creepy sailing stories?

Up near God's Pocket we saw a deer on a rock bluff. Dad came about and dropped it with the 22. I rowed ashore to find a nice two point buck which I managed to drag down the beach and into the skiff. On the way back the dear wakes up and doesn't like the company. My running shoes were no match for flashing hooves and horns. Mortal combat all the way to along side where Dad reached down and dispatched him. A lot of blood which fortunately only a little was mine. No mystery here .It's the next island (Nigi) that has the t'son qua but that's another story.
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