||07-07-2010 11:46 PM
Just a rant, nothing more
Really...just a rant...once a year, that's it.
Been aimlessly wandering since mid January with no real home until last week. So I figured I'd grab a rafting spot in a very small outpost on British Columbia's Sunshine coast, beautiful, just beautiful and things couldn't be better...life is good. I've been working in some of the remote inlets on the mid coast mainland side, so basically I needed somewhere to leave my boat while I'm out working and for the most part I'm out of touch (but not with reality). So I'm doing the "week in working"/"week out cruising" kind of thing which has worked out well for the most part. I got a nice spot on the commercial float and as usual, in unfamiliar places, I do the winter thing and double up my lines to 8 and I put 4 big Scotsmen fenders on my open side for transient rafters.
It would be nice to know someone here that's able to keep and eye on my boat while I'm away but that'll have to wait I guess. Need to get up to the hotel for a beer more often and mingle with the locals. There's only one place to get a beer in this one horse town. In any case, as usual when I leave my boat on her own, I was feeling confident I had thought of everything to make her secure. I got back to this fine little outpost late yesterday after a week out working to find what can only loosely be described as a sailing vessel that was dragged up from the bottom rafted on my starboard. No problem, not everyone has the coin necessary to keep her up, at least they're cruisers. She had two tiny little fenders but no problem, I had my 4 big scotsmen out. She only had two lines to my boat and none to the float but no problem, I had 8, I can keep us/me secure to the float in most anything.
Now here's the kicker that's got me pissed...She (questionable) was only secured to me with her two 3/8" fore and aft lines and MY 5/8" headsail sheet used as her amid-ship line. OK, maybe they can't afford lines...maybe they're cruising on a budget...no problem sheet happens. BUT.... this is how they ran the sheet...they took the wraps off my winch, they took the stopper knot out, fed it back through my traveler block, fed it directly down from my furled headsail, across the inside of one of my forward stanchions, past a perfectly good un-used deck cleat, and at some point I imagine he/she had fed it through my chock but all I can figure is it slipped out of the chock and came to rest under my lower lifeline, and secured to his turnbuckle with two half hitches. I'll leave it to the imagination what would happen if anything blew in.
I left this morning and I'm on the hook in a pleasant little place wondering what to do about a rafting partner like this, got my fingers crossed he's not permanent, but I'm sure I'll be able to solve it somehow, just another thing to deal with. There are worse things I guess but I just thought I'd vent...it helps a little. If I get back in and he's there, I'll make sure to get my boat back on the inside. I hate to think what will happen if he has to swing my boat and re-secure it to get out, it makes me shudder just to think about that.
There, I'm all done....Wheeeeeeeew...done.....now to relax in this beautiful bay, watch the sun go down and endulge in a fine glass of home brew whine...er, I mean wine....there, that's it, over. Thanks for listening :). Boy oh boy it was hot today!