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11-22-2002 01:47 PM
Stupid Sailor Tricks!

Great little paperback full of such stories: "The Boat Who Wouldn''t Float" by Farley Mowat (Bantam Books)
09-23-2002 09:49 PM
Stupid Sailor Tricks!

Check out the entry for 24/08/02 :-)
05-09-2002 05:03 PM
Stupid Sailor Tricks!

Are you only looking for sailing stories or will a power boat story do?
I was sleeping below decks it was storming and I heard a May day call on the VHF. The captin told the coast guard he was in a 30 ft cigirete with 3 woman and a number of childern. He''s engine had died and and he wanted a tow in. The CG asked him his location. He said Tampa bay. Tampa Bay is a good size body of water, so they wanted to know where in Tampa Bay. He did not know. When he was asked if he had gone under the Sunshine Sky Way, he did not know. After a few minetes of questioning. The CG told him You have your anchour down and are out of the chanel we will come and get you after the storm. His reply "OH yes I should pou down an anchour". A few minets later he was back on the air. More questions and he still had no idea where he was. Then he had an idea. "Why don''t I give you a Loran reading.
I so wanted to get on the air and sugest they go out and get the boat, woman and kids and leave him out there.
05-05-2002 03:01 PM
Stupid Sailor Tricks!

This is a very, very true story.

Happened at a charter base in the BVI all the time.

You want to get a good laugh, sit at the dock with the VHF on and hear the bareboat charterers calling in in the late afternoon.

04-17-2002 12:35 PM
Stupid Sailor Tricks!

I''d like to share my stories with you. Visit

There''s also a forum there where other sailors share their stories.

Sounds like a great idea for a book!!
03-18-2002 05:49 PM
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One of my favorites was told to me by a sailing instructor when I was taking the Chapman School''s offshore sailing course. He''d spent some time working in various capacities around the charter business among other things. He was a tremendous source of these sorts of hysterically funny stories, I can only recall a few of them.

One time a call came across the radio from a charter party. Apparently they needed someone to bring them another anchor so they could set the hook for the night. They had "run out" of anchors.

After some dicussion, it came out that it never occurred to the party that the anchors were actually supposed to be retrieved for re-use. Each morning they simply let the anchor go and off they went.
03-16-2002 05:32 AM
Stupid Sailor Tricks!

Beautifully written Jeff; very enjoyable reading. Thanks for a bright spot in the day.

03-15-2002 05:58 AM
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Jeff, I have to agree with Bruce...well told! I''m fairly new to sailnet, but look forward to coming to this web site daily. I plan to buy a catamaran by next winter and really have learned alot from the lot of you! Thank you all, there is nothing like the "sailing community". Thanks again for hours of great reading and keeping me out of the bar! ERG...Blue skies and High tides...Taylor
03-15-2002 04:00 AM
Stupid Sailor Tricks!

I have written short stories and articles. Over the years I have collected many of the stories and longer technical replies that I have written for the internet and have thought about collecting them into a book at some point in the future.

03-15-2002 03:14 AM
Stupid Sailor Tricks!

Great story, Jeff, well told! Have you written any books, or have plans to?
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