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5 Days Ago 06:57 PM
SloopJonB
Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

I just accidentally clicked on the first page of this thread and had to laugh while I cringed when I read the OP.
5 Days Ago 06:44 PM
L124C
Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

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Originally Posted by scratchee View Post
Not exactly "while sailing," but I have nowhere else to confess.............To reach better I moved around to the side instead of coming in from the stern. And I found the prop with my hand. And discovered that I could scrub it just fine without even putting my head in the water at all.
Now THAT's funny! Especially since I was cringing while reading the story, anticipating it was going to end with a trip to the ER and stitches!
Unfortunately, I think you will need to get your head wet to scrub the rest of the hull, which will slow the boat down as well. If you find a way to avoid that (besides hiring a diver) please post!
6 Days Ago 11:08 PM
scratchee
Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

Not exactly "while sailing," but I have nowhere else to confess.

I'm on my fourth season with my sailboat, and have dived to scrape growth off the prop at least twice per season. At first I just used a mask, and held my breath for repeated dives as needed. This didn't seem too efficient, so I dug out my old scuba gear and had it overhauled, and also bought a small scuba tank. Using this rig to clean the prop was downright luxurious! For all of these dives I would enter the water by the swim ladder and make my way past the rudder to the prop, working with the prop right in front of my face.

Today the engine was really struggling and I suspected more prop fouling. Rather than forfeit a day on the water, I decided to anchor and scrape the prop, but unfortunately I didn't even have a mask with me. So I figured I'd just hold my breath and go by feel. But since this was the first dive where I wouldn't be able to see the prop as I approached it, I decided to locate it with my feet and/or hands before putting my head under. To reach better I moved around to the side instead of coming in from the stern. And I found the prop with my hand. And discovered that I could scrub it just fine without even putting my head in the water at all.
1 Week Ago 09:09 PM
RobGallagher
Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

Work buddy tells me he wants to learn to sail... Perfect day, but light air. First I go over all the safety stuff and teach him the names of some lines, etc.

Then I raise the main to sail off the mooring... something I have done thousands of times. As there is an current pushing us forward I start the engine just in case.

Well, the current is pushing us forward so I calmly show him how to back the main.

The breeze is to light and the current must be running stronger than i guessed as we keep moving forward.

Calmly I put her in reverse and throttle up.

Calmly he says he doesn't think we are gonna make it.

Calmly I give it more throttle and reassure him.

Calmly the dinghy painter wraps around the prop.

Calmly I explain that in 20 years of sailing and a lifetime of boating I have never done that as I calmlyl go down below and get the mask, snorkel and knife.

*&^%$#@#$%%^&&
1 Week Ago 02:56 PM
oldlaxer1
Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

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Originally Posted by oldlaxer1 View Post
Backing out of the slip on the first trip with my wife in our new to us Tartan 30....I had backed about as far as I could in the narrow fairway and had shifted into forward to pivot the boat before shifting back into reverse...
On the Atomic 4 controls, the throttle will advance if you push the handle forward or backward....guess which handle I reached down without looking and pushed all the way backward...you guessed it, not the shift handle, but the throttle. So instead of going backwards at a slow pace, we are wide open throttle heading back into the pier....

She still sails with me.


Head injury?
Apparently!
2 Weeks Ago 10:56 AM
Capt Len
Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

What can I say, Classic, I'm smarter now than I used to be. Had only just installed the engine.
2 Weeks Ago 01:23 AM
Classic30
Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

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Originally Posted by Capt Len View Post
Crossing over to Port Townsend I checked the engine room Noticed the little nut that holds a handle on the fuel manifold valve had come off.alowing the handle to fall off Thought it had gone in the bilge, no biggie , fix that later. Well ,it was sitting on the Velvetdrive tranny where it prevented the shift lever to find reverse.Made a grand entry into Point Hudson for the !st wooden boat show and a well executed turn and pull up to a big classic power yacht.Elaine took a line onto the vessel along side and made it fast. Realizing something was amiss ,I took a firm grip on the mizzen shroud and grabbed for the hand rail next door. The line came taut and 22 tons of stillmoving enertia tried to turn hard right. Slow motion event .pulled apart like a drawing/quartering demonstration.,feet dangling 4' off the water. Today this would be on the net as science of stupid but fortunately no one noticed and I regained my composure as the greatest captain ever
Len, you of all people should know by now that reverse is over-rated.

I think the old quote goes something like: "Only ever approach the dock at the speed you'd like to hit it".. or something like that.

BTDT.
2 Weeks Ago 12:47 AM
Capt Len
Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

Crossing over to Port Townsend I checked the engine room Noticed the little nut that holds a handle on the fuel manifold valve had come off.alowing the handle to fall off Thought it had gone in the bilge, no biggie , fix that later. Well ,it was sitting on the Velvetdrive tranny where it prevented the shift lever to find reverse.Made a grand entry into Point Hudson for the !st wooden boat show and a well executed turn and pull up to a big classic power yacht.Elaine took a line onto the vessel along side and made it fast. Realizing something was amiss ,I took a firm grip on the mizzen shroud and grabbed for the hand rail next door. The line came taut and 22 tons of stillmoving enertia tried to turn hard right. Slow motion event .pulled apart like a drawing/quartering demonstration.,feet dangling 4' off the water. Today this would be on the net as science of stupid but fortunately no one noticed and I regained my composure as the greatest captain ever
2 Weeks Ago 04:21 PM
MedSailor
Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

Quote:
Originally Posted by oldlaxer1 View Post
Backing out of the slip on the first trip with my wife in our new to us Tartan 30....I had backed about as far as I could in the narrow fairway and had shifted into forward to pivot the boat before shifting back into reverse...
On the Atomic 4 controls, the throttle will advance if you push the handle forward or backward....guess which handle I reached down without looking and pushed all the way backward...you guessed it, not the shift handle, but the throttle. So instead of going backwards at a slow pace, we are wide open throttle heading back into the pier....

She still sails with me.
Head injury?
2 Weeks Ago 03:15 PM
oldlaxer1
Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

Backing out of the slip on the first trip with my wife in our new to us Tartan 30....I had backed about as far as I could in the narrow fairway and had shifted into forward to pivot the boat before shifting back into reverse...
On the Atomic 4 controls, the throttle will advance if you push the handle forward or backward....guess which handle I reached down without looking and pushed all the way backward...you guessed it, not the shift handle, but the throttle. So instead of going backwards at a slow pace, we are wide open throttle heading back into the pier....

She still sails with me.
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