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My daughter is a telltale!

A few weekends ago we were in the marina getting the boat ready for the winter.

After having taken the mast off my husband went to put the mast in the shed and I decided to show off a little and drive the boat back to our slip single handed. Half handed really as I had our four year old daughter on board.

Any way, I untied the ropes and backed away from the dock, did a fancy turn around in front of the "crane area" and drove the boat slowly back to our slip and docked without problems.

So far so good.

When my husband came aboard he looked at me and said "are you sure nothing happened last weekend?".
The weekend before I hade been all girls sailing on our boat with 3 other women, in quite rough weather.

I said "What do you mean?"
It turned out that one of the wooden planks on our bowsprit had become dislodged and had a big crack in it.

You can imagine the following conversation where I assured him I had not done it, and did not know what had happened and him not believing me...
After a few minutes of this I ended it with a comment like " well I don't know what happened but I have NOT hit anything!".

This is when my little darling daughter who is usually on my side says in her angelic little voice:
"Yes you did mummy, you hit the dock twice before by the crane. Once in the bow and once in the stern, while you were untying the lines... Don't lie to daddy!"

You can imagine the laugh that my husband burst into...
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thats classic

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Hello from Gothenburg! It seems that some of my favorite bands come from your city! Nice story.
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Lesson learned. Never mess around with Daddy's little girl. My daughter was the same way when she grew up.
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LOL... you didn't pay her enough... You really need to bribe her better to get her to keep quiet.

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I thought this thread was going to be about wind direction and sail trim! LOL! (Telltale / telltail)
Nice story. Kids say the darndest things.

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Great story, but if I were your husband, I'm not so sure I'd be laughing.

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When I first saw the title of the thread I thought you had taped your daughter to the sail! Boy would that mess up the air flow.


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Mareld...welcome and funny story!
In case you have not figured it out here... telltale= a piece of string or tape on a sail that shows wind direction.
Tattletale= a funny daughter who holds Mommy accountable!! (g)
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