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S-2 sails on freeway

Just thought I would share a laugh after the fact, it wasn't funny at the when it happened! I was trailering our S-2 7.3 to Portland and going down a fairly steep hill on I-5 interstate at about 60. I noticed in my rear mirror the boat (which had a 4' fixed keel) seemed to be getting farther behind. I realized I had lost the pin holding the tongue extension on the trailer. The only thing holding the trailer and boat to the truck was the electric wires. I moved the truck to the right shoulder and tried to slowly bring the trailer to a stop. When it did stop the 3500 lb boat broke its tie downs and kept going! Had I been positioned more in the center the keel would have gone right through the cab of the pickup. The boat slid on the keel and its port side for 200 ft, then came to rest in the slow lane on the freeway. Traffic was extra light and no one was injured. When the OSP showed up she verified I had the boat properly tied down, then asked me for my name. You can imagine how difficult it was for her not to break out laughing when I said David Sailer!
The boat sustained about 4000 in cosmetic damages, but not patched up beautifully. I can recommend the S-2 for its toughness!
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LOL... truth is definitely stranger than fiction...

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And what happened to the saftey chains and the break away cable for the brakeing system IF it had brakes ?

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I'm guessing the safety chains were attached to the tongue extension, not the main trailer. As for the brakes, maybe this trailer didn't have brakes... or the surge brake controller wasn't working properly.
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Safety chains

The dual safety chains were attached to the main stem, not the extension. Brake cable also broke apart. It was a good lesson in double checking everything whether going on the water or trailering.
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OUch... Did the chains break too??

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So, a post from someone with only 2 prior, entered just after midnight on April first. I think the S2 is not the only thing being taken for a ride. PICS or it didn't happen.
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So cynical... I've seen photos of sailboats that went pavement sailing... not much fun... some made out better than I'd have expected though.

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April Fools!!!??

Here's a funny one that is actually true.
A few years ago my dad was moving my Venture 24 from my old house to my new house. As he was backing into the driveway with the boat, the trailer came un-hitched and rolled 180' down the driveway on it's own, swerved past a very big pecan tree and came to a gentle stop 3' from the garage, in the exact spot I was planning on parking it.

Another time I was hauling the same boat over the Grapevine when the cable in the bow winch snapped and the boat slipped back far enough to grind the rudder on the road...ouch. Well, I was planning on reshaping it anyway.

Hmmm, maybe I should have named THAT boat "Free Spirit" because it was always trying to take off on it's own.
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Yo Baboon

Nobody would willingly tell this story when it makes them out to be a less than careful! If you are that interested ask for the police report with the OSP for February 06. Otherwise, have a little faith!
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