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11-09-2007 12:19 PM
jimmd
only in reverse

when i had just recently purchase an old grampian 23 i took my sister and brother in law out to show them the wonders of sailing. there really was virtually no wind but i figured even a short motor sail would be fun. about 100 yards from the slip the 20 year old outboard developed transmission problems and we could no longer motor. we essentially started drifting aimlessly and tried nearly everything to catch a little breath of air to return with only to keep drifting into deader air. i finally realized that the motor would operate in reverse and ended up motoring in reverse approximately a quarter of a mile. we passed all the local boaters and walkers along the shore line including kids standing on a crabbing dock. everyone watched but nobody helped - nobody really laughed outloud either. i couldn't even get the kids to toss me a chicken neck. but we did make it back and it showed me that even though it was the first time that i could back into the slip.
11-08-2007 12:45 PM
blt2ski There are a couple of Erckson and islanders that have not moved on my dock since I moved there 2 yrs ago, maybe put an outboard on the end erickson that has a place for it, and have some fun!?!?!?!?!?!?!
11-08-2007 01:58 AM
tenuki Well, your boat doesn't look like a derelict, so it doesn't qualify. But man, what you talkin about with your driving, or wasn't that a piling we almost hit last time I was out with you?!?

oncall unforunately, last time forever supposedly. grrrrr. I got some guy on ride along so maybe I'll throw him into the fire sunday. hahah.
11-08-2007 01:40 AM
blt2ski Tenuki,

I think I can make your dream will come true sunday with sheryl doing the driving in and out of marina, with me at the helm during the race!

You on? or still on call?
Last race of season untill 3rd weekend in January............
11-07-2007 11:19 PM
Giulietta Tenuki..that was pretty funny!!!
11-07-2007 11:15 PM
sailingdog nice pipe dream tenuki...
11-07-2007 11:11 PM
tenuki I have this re-occuring fantasy where I have a boat that looks like a derelict, and careen all over the fairway and scare everyone with my poor docking, but then go out and beat them all on the race course.

So now all I have to do is race. LOL.
11-07-2007 09:50 PM
sailingdog I think there's a pinball guy in every marina... at ours, he's a relatively experienced powerboater...with a 37' power boat that he just can get to his slip without a bit of trouble...
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Originally Posted by Giulietta View Post
A guy that owns a boat that is in a slip next to mine, has been sailing for over 15 years and has never been able to dock his boat!!!

It helps that he is a really nice guy and an excellent sailor (except for docking), and because of that, when he comes in or leaves, we all rush to help him in and/or out.

He hits all the boats and fingers from his slip all the way to the marina exit. We nickname him "Pinball Manoel", and he knows about it!!

Because of his "handicap", Pinball Manoel, aware of his inabilities, "surrounds" his boat with fenders!!! He has 6 fenders on the side of his finger, and 3 large ball shaped fenders on port, where is neighbour is. because sometimes we aren't there.

He placed 2 dock bumpers where is bow hits, and 2 on the side.

This of course should only be the last resource. He still hits everyone in and out, but the fenders somehow provide gracious help.

He points his boat (sometimes we wonder at what), and slowly lets it come to a stop. He then jumps out and has pre-made lines that he just fits over the cleats.

We still rush to help him, when he comes in/out, but only to help. We no longer fear for our boats.
11-07-2007 09:02 PM
Giulietta A guy that owns a boat that is in a slip next to mine, has been sailing for over 15 years and has never been able to dock his boat!!!

It helps that he is a really nice guy and an excellent sailor (except for docking), and because of that, when he comes in or leaves, we all rush to help him in and/or out.

He hits all the boats and fingers from his slip all the way to the marina exit. We nickname him "Pinball Manoel", and he knows about it!!

Because of his "handicap", Pinball Manoel, aware of his inabilities, "surrounds" his boat with fenders!!! He has 6 fenders on the side of his finger, and 3 large ball shaped fenders on port, where is neighbour is. because sometimes we aren't there.

He placed 2 dock bumpers where is bow hits, and 2 on the side.

This of course should only be the last resource. He still hits everyone in and out, but the fenders somehow provide gracious help.

He points his boat (sometimes we wonder at what), and slowly lets it come to a stop. He then jumps out and has pre-made lines that he just fits over the cleats.

We still rush to help him, when he comes in/out, but only to help. We no longer fear for our boats.
11-07-2007 08:55 PM
blt2ski Is that what that green thing is in about 20' of water? andromada or some such name on it?!?!?!?!? ohhhhhhhhhhhh

Rumour has it that Ranger of what ever type boat/design etc on U-dock is back afloat, or at least until the next cat with some bodacious babes comes along..................:rolley es::rolley es:
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