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Re: Dumb things I've done

The first time I tied up my first 20 footer I tied it to pilings instead of the float. We have up to a 15' tidal range here.

By the time I was tidied up and ready to leave the boat, the mooring lines were steel bar taut and I had to cut them away.

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
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did not set the hook.awoke on other side of the channel.
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Julie, after reading that I gotta say you're a helluva lot more manly than I am!

I think I would have tossed out an anchor and gone for help.

Major admiration here.
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He is not going to be out on my boat anytime soon.

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Here's a great compilation - started a while back by the esteemed CharlieCobra.

http://www.sailnet.com/forums/seaman...e-sailing.html
Amateurs, amateurs. I've taken screw-ups to the "next level". Look for my posts under the boneheaded moves thread.

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Trying to sail a Laser in 22kts wind.
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Blew a mast off a 420 in 20 kts. Good thing it wasn't my boat. Temple U's boat. They weren't happy.

Flipped a laser in the Hudson in Albany in late October.... In no wind.

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did not set the hook.awoke on other side of the channel.
Set the hook off Salem Nuclear plant in the Delaware, wrapped the rode around the keel, and was cast adrift at 0300.... Without a chart.

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Dumb things I've done

Now you guys have me going..... Have I told you how I ripped the bow pulpit off my dad's Catalina 27?

Or about the time I hit a mid-channel buoy in the dark (awesome navigation)?

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Situation: Went out to test the engines after some minor adjustments and fuel fitler replacement. Both died within minutes of each other, between 2 rock jetties, in crosswind, of course. Got the anchor down really fast both times without harm. While it's great to have an anchor well secured, it's also great thing to have handy; mine is on the windlass and chain locked, but the lock comes off fast.

Removed the engine covers. Primed. Tried to restart. Considered what I might have done wrong. Started thinking about towing her back with the tender.

Solution. Open fuel valve.

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Did this twice. No harm. Smarter now... I think.

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