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Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: La Conner, Washington
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"Someone is on the boat!" James Island Gang
So we left La Conner early on Friday and it paid off. We managed to get the float at James Island State Park for two nights. On the second night, I'm sleeping soundly when Sandy grabs my arm and says "someone is on the boat!" I tell her she's nuts and to go back to sleep. She said "no, I heard the companion way door rattle." Grabbed the flashlight off the wall above the bunk and shine it aft towards the galley and I see the companion way door ajar and hear scampering on the deck. Get up to investigate and find that a raccoon had come on board, opened the companion way doors, climbed down the stairs and got into the trash can that is stowed behind the ladder. It grabbed a bag of leftovers after dumping some coffee grounds onto the floor and took the bag of booty back outside to the cockpit.
Cleaned up the mess and then latched the companion way doors and went back to bed. We heard it walking around on the deck about a half hour later but then it left. The next morning I'm talking to our dock mates and find that three raccoons had been down on a raid. They tipped over one guy's cooler and got into another fellow's boat and made off with some marinated meats. We've experienced the raccoons of James Island before, but I never thought they would actually come inside the boat. We've seen the tracks in the morning from past visits where the raccoons walked around to each deck hatch to peek or sniff inside, including the hatch right above our bunk. That kind of creeped Sandy out a bit.
Oh, and Buddy the Boston Terrier slept through the whole thing. He's fired. No more popcorn for him.
1983 Fraser 41
La Conner, WA
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Boating for over 25 years, some of them successfully.
Last edited by erps; 10-04-2010 at 09:11 AM.
Reason: Erps..title edited but I can't bold the 'on'.