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...or that splash,splash,splash,splash sound of an extremely large prop...
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Or how about one of my all-time favorites:

dark-30 am

Cerplum... (right over your head in the cockpit).

You set up, knowing you were just dreaming. Nothing. Just as you start to go back to sleep...

Scratch, scratch (stop), scratch, scratch. Cerplum.

Anyone on Sailnet know what that sound is?? I bet Cardiac Paul has a good idea.

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Anyone exclaiming, Oh ****!

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That would be the friendly sound of an intruder. Now, at dark30, it sounds like some escaped-from-hell deranged killer that just boarded your boat. Demons, red eyes, fire flowing... you name it.

But I am the leader of our household. I am the master. As such, the protection of my family and our boat must go above my own life. Thus, as I recall now, I crept out of bed and snuck to the companionway steps. The hatch cover was down so I could not see out. I carefully reached over beside me and grabbed a very deadly weapon from which to protect my family - that would be the teak flag pole (with flag still attached). If I could not kill the SOB, maybe I could at least make him salute me and get the upper hand.

Slowly, I pulled back the hatch. Scratch... fludder... they heard me!!!!

I jumped up the steps, threw back the cover, and pounced into the cockpit ready to face my intruders. FLUDDER-FLUDDER-FLUDDER things flew all around me. And as I luckily kept the crap in my drawers, I identified my intruders:

Ducks, or geese. I don't know.

Funny now. Wasn't then. Maybe I should send this one to Latt & Att, eh??

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Yeah, "Oh ****!" gets my attention everytime.
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Fiberglass aganst rock.
The wife asking "is there supposed to be water coming in here?"
And to top the list, the sound of an empty beer cooler....
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Honeeeeeey, Who's panties are these in the head?

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Trying to sleep at and at dawn, the smallest little sparrow walking on deck, can make the loudest noise you ever heard.

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The sound of water sloshing in the bilge, halyards slapping at night, fiberglass cracking, and PWC's buzzing around.

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Uh, Camaraderie on any topic involving GPS?

I guess that doesn't count.

OK, these are from a past life at sea:

Five short blasts on the ship's horn. At anchor on a clear night, it's like an injection of concentrated caffeine to a vein. In fog, at sea speed, with limited manoeuvering room; see "oh ****" above.

Any time, anywhere, heard in a loud, commanding voice; "Hard Right!"

Any ship's PA announcement followed by, "this is not a drill".

The sound of a steam turbine losing vacuume. This presages the engine room losing all power, both propulsion and ship's service. Sounds kinda like a jet turbine winding down. It means, even though you're four decks down in the hold, w/o your flashlight, the lights are about to really go out.

Whilst sailing:

While sailing along in ten fathoms of water purported, the news from the bow: "the water is so clear here, I can even see the big rocks on the bottom".

Upon acheiving thirty degrees angle of heel; virtually any answer to, "Dear, where did you put the cell phone?"

Other spouse related sounds; Why is that buoy following us? and, What line is that? (pointing to the wake) Or, "Honey, do you want me to pump this water out?" (what water?)

VHF sounds: Upon seeing a yellow towing light above a stern light, broad on the starboard bow, "Hey, sailboat skipper. Ya know there's a gravel barge back there about a thousand feet". (unspoken, "connected to me by a not so tiny wire")

Another "good" VHF sound, heard in foggy conditions: "Small vessel ahead of me, this is the Mesabi Miner, come in" followed by, in the same transmission, presumably to the helmsman, "Hard Right!" Great Lakes sailors might know that one.

Most of the others, while more common, are on the order of nuisances: halyard slap; one energetic mosquito at night; wives, out of a sound sleep, with the dumb question of the night, "honey, if I die, will you......"

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