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When I was a kid, we were anchored on our O'Day 28 in Horn Harbor on the Great Wicomico River on the Chesapeake Bay. It's a hurricane hole, so there's not a lot of movement in there sometimes. When we got up in the morning, the nettles were so thick it looked like you could just walk across them.
Well, you can guess that when we started the engine, the intake of our OMC saildrive immediately sucked up a bunch of jellies and got clogged. We had hoped they were more on the surface, but of course not. The only way to clear it was from under the boat.
My father had to put on a bunch of layers of clothes (not good for swimming) to protect his skin as much as he could. He even wore a sweatshirt with a hood drawn tight and a turtleneck to cover as of his face as possible. Also a snorkling mask, gloves, etc. He had to lower himself into the water, through all the jellies, to get under the boat and clean out the intake.
All in all, he came out all right, with only a few light stings through his clothes. He said his biggest fear was having a nettle drift right over his face, but he managed to avoid it.
Anyway, that's my "stuff stuck in the intake" story.
1984 Sabre 34 Mk I