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3 Weeks Ago 06:21 PM
OPossumTX
Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

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Originally Posted by SloopJonB View Post
We have a sweet little hurricane hole here - Pirates Cove - that has a very narrow S shaped entrance through a rock channel. I was 4th in line going in once with the 3 in front following each other in line astern. The first one hit - "Clang" followed by a second "Clang" and then a third "Clang".

Fortunately for me, I knew my way in and didn't join the herd.

Assuming the other guy knows what he's doing is one of the worst mistakes one can make - in ANY field.
Ah YESS! Like that time I was entering Chocolate Bayou from the intracoastal with another boat about a quarter mile behind me. I missed one of the channel buoys, at which point I promptly ran aground.

So to do the neighborly thing, I immediately stood up in the cockpit and furiously waved and pointed to port where the safe channel was. The other Skipper, for some strange reason, thought I was pointing to an obstruction and went to starboard.

We did have a nice visit while we waited for the incoming tide to float us off.

Have FUN!
O'
3 Weeks Ago 06:04 PM
OPossumTX
Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

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Originally Posted by wolfenzee View Post
The difference between ignorance and stupidity:
ignorance we can fix
stupidity is permanent
Ignorance: We learned a lesson and will never do it THAT WAY again.

Stupidity: I can't believe we did THAT yet again!

Ignorance is curable with education and experience.

Stupidity goes straight to the bone and out the other side! (OUCH!)
07-03-2014 05:48 PM
Bob142
Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

Yes turning over without the plugs...and a little oil down the holes first...
07-03-2014 03:47 AM
Classic30
Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

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It is surprising what can be done...The first thing you may want to do is get it into a tub of fresh water...the least time in the air the better...after a good soak pull it out....then get it turning over...and deal with the electrics...
Good advice, but don't forget to pull the spark-plug(s) before getting to this stage... otherwise that's a bonehead move in itself.
07-03-2014 01:31 AM
Bob142
Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

It is surprising what can be done...The first thing you may want to do is get it into a tub of fresh water...the least time in the air the better...after a good soak pull it out....then get it turning over...and deal with the electrics...
07-03-2014 12:29 AM
SloopJonB
Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

After a couple of weeks in the bottom mud I think you better get the coroner in.
07-02-2014 05:27 PM
GoMan
Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

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Originally Posted by TerralTheSeeker View Post
Reading that was like going through a few minutes of an Indiana Jones movie lol

Glad you guys got through that okay.

Did you ever locate that outboard?
Still haven't found the outboard. I've got a buddy coming out Friday morning with some SCUBA gear to to see if he can locate it. If he can find it I'll be rushing it home to the outboard triage center I've put together on my back porch. Thinking about calling over a chaplain, a faith healer and a voodoo priestess just to increase the odds of bringing it back to life.
07-01-2014 09:24 PM
Group9
Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

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Did he ever get "hoist with his own petard"?
Not while I was watching. But, I have no doubt he had an appointment with his petard, sooner or later.
07-01-2014 02:01 PM
SloopJonB
Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

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When I lived in Maryland, by the Severn, we had a little creek where I kept my sailboat. For some reason, they had built a rock jetty that went about 50 or sixty yards out and was only exposed at low tide. It had nailed a lot of boats over the years, but we all knew exactly where it was. One day I watched a 50 foot power boat coming in, with the owner on the fly bridge heading to cross directly over it. I started yelling at him and waving my arms but he kept going, right across it, having to have just cleared it by inches. As he pulled up next to the dock I was standing on, he yelled, "You don't own this cove, anybody can come in here."

I just said, "You are so right" and turned and walked off.
Did he ever get "hoist with his own petard"?
07-01-2014 01:58 PM
TerralTheSeeker
Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

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I figured I would get this out of the way on my first post. I recently purchased a 1969 Bristol 24 have been taking her out as often as possible to sail around the bay near my hometown of Sarasota, FL. My only previous experience with sailing was a summer youth sailing program when I was around age 12. I'm 32 now...

Reading that was like going through a few minutes of an Indiana Jones movie lol

Glad you guys got through that okay.

Did you ever locate that outboard?
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