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11-05-2012 10:30 PM
Re: Dumb things I've done

Originally Posted by floridajaxsailor View Post
that is an epic swim day
did u eat 5 pasta dinners to catch up
glad u made it thru
I think the lifeguard in me kicked in that day but instead of saving lives I was trying to save my butt!
11-05-2012 10:23 PM
Re: Dumb things I've done

Originally Posted by JulieMor View Post
When taking the boat (a Columbia 45) off its mooring can, alone, in windy conditions, I motored the boat forward to take the tension off the mooring line, ran forward and removed the line from the bow cleat, then threw the marking buoy into the water, then ran back to the helm and put her in gear.

I failed to realize I threw the marking buoy to windward and the wind blew it back across the bow. I went right over it and didn't realize it until the boat stopped moving. I didn't know what happened. I was just sitting there in forward gear. I tried to power forward, thinking I was on sand or something (which made no sense because the harbor was plenty deep) and I heard the engine hum but felt no resistance.

I immediately put it in neutral and ran below, tearing up the floorboards fearing the worst, a lost prop shaft. What I found was the bolts had sheared on the prop saver and I was apparently hung up on the mooring line.

My dad was waiting at the dock with some people he wanted to take out that day (the would have ). He could see I wasn't moving. This was before cell phones! This is what he saw, from about 600 yards away:

I put on the wet suit (it was cold!) and dove in to assess the situation. I knew as soon as I freed the prop from the mooring line we were toast. The wind was blowing 15-20. So I went up top, set out some dock lines and fenders. The boat that was immediately downwind was now being boarded. I yelled to them to explain my situation and they agreed to help tie me up when I freed the line, as long as the boat blew that way.

I dove back in and managed to free the line from the prop then swam back to the boarding ladder, grabbed some fenders and hoped for the best. Our boat was quickly approaching the other boat. The crew there was on deck with their fenders. I threw them a line and they tied me to one of their cleats. We did some more fender jockeying then tied her down.

After thanking them profusely , I jumped back in the water and swam over to our mooring line to inspect it. No cuts, no sign of damage. Then I swam back and laid out the anchor line (less anchor) and carefully lowered it into the water so as not to knot it. I then dove back in the water, took the free end of the anchor line, swam back to mooring can and tied it down. There was a nice chop in the harbor.

I swam back to the boat, rigged the line so it would run through the one of the chocks then took it to a mast mounted winch. Then I began cranking. THAT was tough! The wind wanted me to go one way and I tried to go the other. It was a single speed winch to boot.

The scary part was when the crew on the other boat freed me from their's. I was on my own and the wind had shifted. Finally I got the boat close enough to reach the marking buoy and hoist the mooring line and cleat it. Whew!

Boy, did I feel dumb after that! My dad later commented freely on how stupid I was.
that is an epic swim day
did u eat 5 pasta dinners to catch up
glad u made it thru
11-05-2012 10:18 PM
Re: Dumb things I've done

Originally Posted by Me and Boo View Post
He is not going to be out on my boat anytime soon.
Sometimes when I look back I am amazed what I did out of fear. He had a great heart, he just was a wee bit demanding.
11-05-2012 09:10 PM
Re: Dumb things I've done

Situation: Went out to test the engines after some minor adjustments and fuel fitler replacement. Both died within minutes of each other, between 2 rock jetties, in crosswind, of course. Got the anchor down really fast both times without harm. While it's great to have an anchor well secured, it's also great thing to have handy; mine is on the windlass and chain locked, but the lock comes off fast.

Removed the engine covers. Primed. Tried to restart. Considered what I might have done wrong. Started thinking about towing her back with the tender.

Solution. Open fuel valve.


Did this twice. No harm. Smarter now... I think.
11-05-2012 09:02 PM
Dumb things I've done

Now you guys have me going..... Have I told you how I ripped the bow pulpit off my dad's Catalina 27?

Or about the time I hit a mid-channel buoy in the dark (awesome navigation)?
11-05-2012 08:59 PM
Originally Posted by 2belize&back View Post
did not set the hook.awoke on other side of the channel.
Set the hook off Salem Nuclear plant in the Delaware, wrapped the rode around the keel, and was cast adrift at 0300.... Without a chart.
11-05-2012 08:48 PM
Dumb things I've done

Blew a mast off a 420 in 20 kts. Good thing it wasn't my boat. Temple U's boat. They weren't happy.

Flipped a laser in the Hudson in Albany in late October.... In no wind.
11-05-2012 08:40 PM
Re: Dumb things I've done

Trying to sail a Laser in 22kts wind.
11-05-2012 08:28 PM
Re: Dumb things I've done

Here's a great compilation - started a while back by the esteemed CharlieCobra.
Amateurs, amateurs. I've taken screw-ups to the "next level". Look for my posts under the boneheaded moves thread.
11-05-2012 07:29 PM
Me and Boo
Re: Dumb things I've done

He is not going to be out on my boat anytime soon.
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