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Old 08-12-2010
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Ever been caught with your pants down?

OK, so I gotta ask. Any solo sailors under tame winds or no wind at all gone down below to relief one's self only to have the wind pick up or change requiring immediate attention, but cant get your pants back up quick enough?

I had this happen on a small lake with plenty of spectators. It was all I could do to get presentable fast enough and rescue the boat from hitting the shore.
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Most wouldn't go below if they were close enough to hit the shore while they were down there. I would think.
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Had that happen at an Oil Platform when I was captain of a 182 ft OSV.
Mate relieved me. I went below and while taking care of business on the throne, they were pounding on my door, needing me back on the bridge ASAP.
A thunderstorm had rolled in and we were being pushed toward the rig.
Had to use a couple of tricks to get us safely away from that platform.
I still believe to this day that Mother Nature waited until I was on the throne, before sending that thunderstorm my way. And I learned that the mate still had a few things to learn.
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A "tight squeeze" or "in a pinch"?
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