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Ok, so we were anchored at the bottom of Penang Island, Malaysia a few weeks ago...time to check and clean the prop, the current running a bit, had my fins and snorkel on, hopped in the water, floated down to the back of the boat, just about to go under when a jelly fish wraps itself around my midsection, holy cow did that sting, ever see a man walk on water against a 2 knot tide? The warm vinegar bath helped, but I had blisters and it has itched like hell for almost a month. I don't know about jumping in the water any more...
Wow. I'm reading that with overfishing, the jellyfish population is running amok because the predators are gone. We wear full rashguard swim skins but it really does cut down on the sense of spontaneity; if we were in a secluded anchorage I'd prefer to swim au naturel.


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we went swimming in mid atlantic when the wind died, but had a long line astern & one person on the boat.

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Ok, so we were anchored at the bottom of Penang Island, Malaysia a few weeks ago...time to check and clean the prop, the current running a bit, had my fins and snorkel on, hopped in the water, floated down to the back of the boat, just about to go under when a jelly fish wraps itself around my midsection, holy cow did that sting, ever see a man walk on water against a 2 knot tide? The warm vinegar bath helped, but I had blisters and it has itched like hell for almost a month. I don't know about jumping in the water any more...
Wow. You just gave me a great tip- Keep a large bottle of vinegar aboard.

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Wow. You just gave me a great tip- Keep a large bottle of vinegar aboard.
Jellyfish stings aside, a gallon jug of white vinegar is one of the most useful things one can have aboard any boat...

from keeping the head hoses sweet, to keeping mildew at bay, to wiping down stainless that won't be seeing a freshwater bath for awhile, the uses of vinegar are limitless, it truly is the Universal Solvent...
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I was looking forward to swimming in the bay...maybe not.
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Same thing happened to folks on Lake Michigan last year right? Boat drifted away and only the guys dates survived...
When I bought my first boat and I was still eligible for the Youth Darwin Awards I did exactly that - three of us went over the side in a calm with the sails set. No problems but when I mentioned it to an experienced sailor friend at work, he told me about a 70 footer found in the Med - empty, food on the table etc.
They figured people had gone swimming, the last person on board dove in and there was no way to get back on board due to the freeboard.

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When I bought my first boat and I was still eligible for the Youth Darwin Awards I did exactly that - three of us went over the side in a calm with the sails set. No problems but when I mentioned it to an experienced sailor friend at work, he told me about a 70 footer found in the Med - empty, food on the table etc.
They figured people had gone swimming, the last person on board dove in and there was no way to get back on board due to the freeboard.
That'd be a bad way to go... Nothing worse than seeing your boat float away without you...

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"Common sense ain't very damned common these days," and "The average person is well below average."
My favorite in this vein:
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My favorite in this vein:
"Imagine how stupid the average person is; half of them are dumber than that."
Good one! I also like "Remember that 1/2 of all the people you meet have 2 digit IQ's."

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I was looking forward to swimming in the bay...maybe not.
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