Hitchin' a ride
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: In my mind, I live in Oslo
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I'll dump on myself. The first time we took Moondance out, there wasn't much wind. So we motored a lot. Then we got to the "slot" and it picked up enough to put the sails up. I was reluctant to shut off the engine because there was some question as to the starter not working right. But, eventually, I shut it off. We sailed for a bit, then the wind died. It had been a long day of motoring so we decided to drop the sails and go home. When I pushed the start button to power up, she turned and turned, but would not fire up. My heart dropped. Our brand new, first boat, and she gave up on us. After about fifteen minutes of fumbling, checking batteries and connections, etc, etc, as we drifted ever closer to angel island, I had the phone in hand and was ready to call vessel assist. Just then my girlfriend points to the side of the aft cockpit lazerrette and says, "is that the choke?" I said, "No, but its the engine stop!" I had neglected to push the stop back down after I shut off the engine. I love my first mate, Lil buddy!
Great men always have too much sail up. - Christopher Buckley
Vaya con Dios
Last edited by bestfriend; 01-15-2007 at 07:38 PM.