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Old 11-03-2007
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Hi everyone,
Thanks for the replies...
Here are some more memories from this summer...

--> Make sure there are no bee, wasp, etc nests in your boat...
Now there are certain times when every captain gives the "abandon ship" order... Shortly after putting my sailboat on water, me and my wife was sitting on the cockpit and dreaming about sailing... Meanwhile, our hamburger patties were sizzling on the alcohol stove and making a nice smelling smoke. Now, you'd notice a wasp or two buzzing around and think that is normal. But in our case, we had no idea that our queen wasp friend decided to built her dream nest on our anchor vent! Our boat is really small, so smoke travels pretty fast and accumulates around the vents, which triggered a nest full of wasps to flew out. I don't think no captain so far have given the order the abandon ship 20 minutes after putting the boat on water and sitting at the dock... The result; two burnt patties and bunch a dead wasps after my counter attack with the sprays...

--> The boom or the boom boom...
Another friend, never been on a sailboat... really interested in the physics of the sails and sheets wondering around the cockpit. I asked him to watch the boom while we manuever. I think he took it too literally, standing on the cockpit seat watching the boom. As you guys woudl expect he got hit by it... He sat down for a second and got up again to tell me (or show me) that he was ok. Guess what? The boom knocked him again...

-->Torturing your guests...
After a sailing day, we were on our way back to the marina. A fog bank moved in to drop visibility to nothing... I don't have a radar, so I don't like to take chances. But I knew where we were at, near a mooring spot... So, I asked my friends to go into the cabin because it was getting cold. I moved in to the mooring area and caught a mooring line tied it up without telling anyone any thing. I went into the cabin and just lied down on the v-berth. One of them asked me what was going on. I told them we were totally lost in the fog and current was pushing us towards the sound. Their faces were pale before the question but got a lot more pale after my answer. They asked me that if I was to call for help... I said that no one would come to help us in this fog, so we just needed to pray... After the fog lifted, I went up untie the mooring line and motor into the marina which was only 1/2 miles away... Those faces were priceless...

--> Where are the brakes?!?
This is a story of a friend's friend. He bought a 20' bow rider after hanging out with us to enjoy being on water. As far as I can transfer the story shortly; he approaches the marina too fast and then asks my friend where is the brake! My friend told him to put it in rear so they can lose some speed. This guy puts the gear in rear and full throttles it! Of course, physics in control, boat gets out of control and slams the docks 4 times before they could stop it...

-->Aargh, the pirates! (Without a vhf)
We are docked at a slip on Niantic river. There are two bridges on Niantic river. One is a draw railroad other is a highway... This sailboat with a pirate flag and couple of teenagers on it motored behind us. Now we have a vhf onboard to get opening times. And the bridge was to be closed for next 5 hours... This adventurer teenagers, who has been on our tail since we enter the canal, motored up the river. We went to the restaurant, had our lunch and went back to the boat to see that sailboat was circling around waiting for the draw bridge. I checked the time, we still had 3 hours to wait... Those pirates kept circling the same circle for next 3 hours as we laughed and sipped our beer....

--> Being rich is important, aspecially if you are mentally challanged...
As we docked at this fancy marina on the CT river, there were so many big expensive boats docked with us. All summer, this stiffneck powerboat owners would come to the marina on the weekends, open the covers, sit on cockpit and talk about how powerful and expensive their boats were... And here is a direct quote from one of those guys; " So, you have a sailboat, huh? Nice, we looked for a sailboat too, but couldn't find a sailboat as expensive as this boat..." This same guy's boat (which is a 36 footer searay) never left the dock all summer. I think, he couldn't find a captain or the understanding of being out there...

Take care everyone...

It's getting cold...
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--> The boom or the boom boom...
Another friend, never been on a sailboat... really interested in the physics of the sails and sheets wondering around the cockpit. I asked him to watch the boom while we manuever. I think he took it too literally, standing on the cockpit seat watching the boom. As you guys woudl expect he got hit by it... He sat down for a second and got up again to tell me (or show me) that he was ok. Guess what? The boom knocked him again...
LOL...That's one way to learn physics is the school of hard knocks....

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-->Torturing your guests...
After a sailing day, we were on our way back to the marina. A fog bank moved in to drop visibility to nothing... I don't have a radar, so I don't like to take chances. But I knew where we were at, near a mooring spot... So, I asked my friends to go into the cabin because it was getting cold. I moved in to the mooring area and caught a mooring line tied it up without telling anyone any thing. I went into the cabin and just lied down on the v-berth. One of them asked me what was going on. I told them we were totally lost in the fog and current was pushing us towards the sound. Their faces were pale before the question but got a lot more pale after my answer. They asked me that if I was to call for help... I said that no one would come to help us in this fog, so we just needed to pray... After the fog lifted, I went up untie the mooring line and motor into the marina which was only 1/2 miles away... Those faces were priceless...
ROFL...sounds like something I'd do, if I thought I could get away with it.

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-->Aargh, the pirates! (Without a vhf)
We are docked at a slip on Niantic river. There are two bridges on Niantic river. One is a draw railroad other is a highway... This sailboat with a pirate flag and couple of teenagers on it motored behind us. Now we have a vhf onboard to get opening times. And the bridge was to be closed for next 5 hours... This adventurer teenagers, who has been on our tail since we enter the canal, motored up the river. We went to the restaurant, had our lunch and went back to the boat to see that sailboat was circling around waiting for the draw bridge. I checked the time, we still had 3 hours to wait... Those pirates kept circling the same circle for next 3 hours as we laughed and sipped our beer....
This reminds me of one couple who just bought their first boat earlier this season at my marina. They had had it for over three months before they bought a VHF. For those three+ months they had never gone past the swing bridge and out into the main harbor, much less onto Buzzards Bay.
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