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08-11-2013 06:03 AM
downeast450
Re: That kinda sucked, but I chose this life so...

Nice, when you know how to survive in spite of the "judgments" of others. Sounds like you have learned how! Enjoy it all!

A lovely starlit sail. He missed it! A lot of other cool stuff, too I bet!

Down
08-11-2013 02:41 AM
Jgbrown
Re: That kinda sucked, but I chose this life so...

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Originally Posted by Capt.aaron View Post
It took me a while to get good at wheel steering having learned on a tiller. Now it's all second nature. At the moment I'm training how to drive a tug with a stick. Next will be the joy stick that I've used in a simulator. But give me a tiller over all of 'em.
This thread reminds me, I thought you were going to make it up to Vancouver sometime to take my Alberg 30 for a cruise? Couldn't have promised so much adventure though. .

I find driving with a joystick kinda boring(not driven anything huge like a tug though!), It's like driving a remote controlled toy in a bathtub.
It was more your speed from the sounds of it before the bugs were worked out. Back then it had strange habits like going into reverse and running up the engines when the emergency stop was pressed.
08-07-2013 08:09 PM
JimMcGee
Re: That kinda sucked, but I chose this life so...

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Originally Posted by Capt.aaron View Post
Yeah, getting shot at and landing in cow fields on bush planes with a 5 gallon bucket as a seat makes for fond memory's.
I like when the pilot starts tapping on the fuel gauge with the back of his knuckle and goes hmm...
08-07-2013 11:31 AM
Capt.aaron
Re: That kinda sucked, but I chose this life so...

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Maybe one of these days I can buy you a beer in Key West. I hear they have one or two bars there.

You can tell me about Venezuela, I can tell you about getting shot at in Romania.

Hell if you haven't been shot at, poisoned or flown in something held together with baling wire and duct tape you haven't really traveled.
I hear that. Let me also say we we never par took in the brothel's back room festivity's. We were just there drinking. Yeah, getting shot at and landing in cow fields on bush planes with a 5 gallon bucket as a seat makes for fond memory's. I rather that than having my crack head neighbor in Key West come at me with kitchen knife in the middle of the night. Indeed we do have a bar here in Key West, actually we have a couple I think. c'mon Down. I'll let you by the first 2 rounds. I'll get the tip.
08-07-2013 11:20 AM
Capt.aaron
Re: That kinda sucked, but I chose this life so...

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I don't know if I'm just lucky or have better than average judgement or what but I've NEVER had to share a boat with an a$$hole like that.

In fact I've never even wanted to get ashore to get away from someone onboard.
And hopefully you never will. For a while my reply will be NO to everything anyone asks me to do. It's just hard to say no to sailing. I don't want to sail round the bay on other peoples boats ever. But a passage or a move the boat mission is something I put aside my better judgement for every time. Guess I'm a sucker in that regard. The same Dude I have been talking about is back up in Marco Buying a 40 something foot Hunter center cockpit thing today, I wonder if he'll ask me to help him bring it to Key West? I'll probably say yes
08-07-2013 11:12 AM
Capt.aaron
Re: That kinda sucked, but I chose this life so...

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Originally Posted by travlineasy View Post
Aaron, I just got the time to read this thread - WOW! One thing I immediately noticed is that you seem to have lost some weight. Hope that was on purpose.

As for single handing, I do that all the time, as many of you know - even when I have someone with me. For me, I feel much better when I have total control of the boat and everything in it. Sure, it's nice to have company along, but for the most part, they're mainly passengers, even when they're experienced boat owners themselves. Now, when captain Melissa was with me, I loved every minute. She's a real savvy lady, knows her way around a sailboat better than most I've met, and one Hell of a mechanic to boot. She saved me a lot of grief and a bundle of money when she climbed into the engine compartment through openings this old man could never access, then discovered there was a fuse on the side of the electric fuel pump that had blown. I had already spent more than $300 having a local mechanic fixing things, and the engine still wouldn't run for more than 30 seconds. After she changed the fuse, the engine has been running like a Swiss watch ever since.

Now, Aaron, I won't be sailing back to the keys this winter, but I hope to be driving down, probably in late January, spend a month, then head for a couple other locations before returning to the frozen north. I'll be playing music at some of the resorts and Tiki Bars as well, and I would sure love for you and your dad to come to one of the places I'll be playing, tilt some brewskis and eat some fattening food.

Keep in touch,

Gary
Thanks for noticing, I've been try'n to drop some gut. tug boat life = food food food. Well, hopefully I'm in Honduras full time by Jan. But if not, we will make a point to come see ya play. Melissa is that airline pilot girl right? Yeah, she sounds like some one I could sail with for sure.
08-06-2013 10:57 PM
SloopJonB
Re: That kinda sucked, but I chose this life so...

I don't know if I'm just lucky or have better than average judgement or what but I've NEVER had to share a boat with an a$$hole like that.

In fact I've never even wanted to get ashore to get away from someone onboard.
08-06-2013 10:30 PM
RobGallagher
Re: That kinda sucked, but I chose this life so...

4 hour watches, plenty of sleep, a perfectly running engine = no stories.

Those perfect, beautiful days all blend into one one. That one time you almost lost an eye, you remember that shite.
08-06-2013 07:32 PM
JimMcGee
Re: That kinda sucked, but I chose this life so...

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Originally Posted by Capt.aaron View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by JimMcGee View Post
Whatever doesn't kill you makes a good bar story.

I'm guessing you have a few good bar stories...
Let me add that back in those day's, in that area of Venezuela, every bar was a brothel. When ever I tried to go out drinkin with fellow female crew, the management would ask to see her health papers and prost. lisence. But yes indeed that was a good story.
Maybe one of these days I can buy you a beer in Key West. I hear they have one or two bars there.

You can tell me about Venezuela, I can tell you about getting shot at in Romania.

Hell if you haven't been shot at, poisoned or flown in something held together with baling wire and duct tape you haven't really traveled.
08-06-2013 05:48 PM
travlineasy
Re: That kinda sucked, but I chose this life so...

Aaron, I just got the time to read this thread - WOW! One thing I immediately noticed is that you seem to have lost some weight. Hope that was on purpose.

As for single handing, I do that all the time, as many of you know - even when I have someone with me. For me, I feel much better when I have total control of the boat and everything in it. Sure, it's nice to have company along, but for the most part, they're mainly passengers, even when they're experienced boat owners themselves. Now, when captain Melissa was with me, I loved every minute. She's a real savvy lady, knows her way around a sailboat better than most I've met, and one Hell of a mechanic to boot. She saved me a lot of grief and a bundle of money when she climbed into the engine compartment through openings this old man could never access, then discovered there was a fuse on the side of the electric fuel pump that had blown. I had already spent more than $300 having a local mechanic fixing things, and the engine still wouldn't run for more than 30 seconds. After she changed the fuse, the engine has been running like a Swiss watch ever since.

Now, Aaron, I won't be sailing back to the keys this winter, but I hope to be driving down, probably in late January, spend a month, then head for a couple other locations before returning to the frozen north. I'll be playing music at some of the resorts and Tiki Bars as well, and I would sure love for you and your dad to come to one of the places I'll be playing, tilt some brewskis and eat some fattening food.

Keep in touch,

Gary
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