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post #201 of 573 Old 02-16-2008
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I've been sailing around Manhattan for years to get from my home port on the Hudson River to my favorite cruising grounds in New England. After 911 the Coast Guard presence in the East River, especially around the UN building, was heavy, to say the least. A few years ago they made everyone go around on the Queens side of Roosevelt Island to keep boats away from "sensitive areas".

I just followed directions (they did have machine guns mounted forward in their RIBs) and went around the way I never had before. I must have been in a bit of a fog because my brain failed to register the lift bridge that connects the island to Queens. After all, I had gone (almost!) this route many time before without having to look out for low bridges. I must have been twenty feet from the bridge when I finally noticed the bridge tender frantically waving. I grabbed the wheel and the boat did the quickest pivot I have ever seen. Came within two feet of the lowered bridge with my mast. I waited, with a very red face, for the bridge to go up and the smiles on the spectator's faces to die down.

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If the Coasties were following you and aiming the .50 cals at you...you'd have a pretty good excuse to be distracted...I don't think that was the case though.
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I've been sailing around Manhattan for years to get from my home port on the Hudson River to my favorite cruising grounds in New England. After 911 the Coast Guard presence in the East River, especially around the UN building, was heavy, to say the least. A few years ago they made everyone go around on the Queens side of Roosevelt Island to keep boats away from "sensitive areas".

I just followed directions (they did have machine guns mounted forward in their RIBs) and went around the way I never had before. I must have been in a bit of a fog because my brain failed to register the lift bridge that connects the island to Queens. After all, I had gone (almost!) this route many time before without having to look out for low bridges. I must have been twenty feet from the bridge when I finally noticed the bridge tender frantically waving. I grabbed the wheel and the boat did the quickest pivot I have ever seen. Came within two feet of the lowered bridge with my mast. I waited, with a very red face, for the bridge to go up and the smiles on the spectator's faces to die down.

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If the Coasties were following you and aiming the .50 cals at you...you'd have a pretty good excuse to be distracted...I don't think that was the case though.
You are very right. It was not the case since they had made me change my course at least a mile back. This thread is about boneheadedness, and this definitely fits into that category.

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T-boned a moored sailboat

After a days sail, I pulled up to my mooring, cleated the lines looked up and to my horror I was headed straight for the middle of an expensive looking sailboat moored next to me. Ran back, hit the throttle thinking I was in reverse and proceeded to immediately accelerate towards the victim of my stupidity. Luckily the mooring lines slowed me down enough so I just tapped the side of the victim. Of course this was in front of a large group of inebriated power boaters.

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What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

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Probably the time I got a Cape Cod Mercury stuck under the Longfellow bridge on the Charles river... The Longfellow bridge isn't very high, and the only way to get a CCM under it is when the boat is heeled over. We got through the bridge one way just fine... timing is everything. But when we tried to get back, the wind died as we got to a bit more than halfway across the bridge. The boat straightened up quite nicely and the mast made a horrid clunk against the underside of the bridge. Fortunately, a few friends were on sister boat nearby and they helped us get the boat heeled over enough to get out from under the bridge. BTW, the Longfellow bridge is supposed to be one end of the sailing area... and you're not supposed to go past it... for obvious reasons.

The only other thing that would be in contention for most boneheaded move is the time we got chased up Lake Winnepesaukee by a thunder squall one summer day on a Hobie Cat many years ago. The squall only lasted 30 minutes or so... but it took us over four hours to get back to where we had started from.

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Great thread

Top bonehead move. Once dropped my brand new anchor right down to the bottom of the river when I set it on the bow roller and turned away for one moment to get the chain...After some anger, I died laughing at how stupid that was. Tried diving but 20 feet of dark water prevented success. Tried a magnet but no luck. Chocked it up to another iron recycling.

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Had to cut an anchor loose in new zealand because i was in 90 feet of water and the windlass broke---note: depth is in METERS
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Depends on the charts... some are in feet, some in meters and some are still in Fathoms.
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Had to cut an anchor loose in new zealand because i was in 90 feet of water and the windlass broke---note: depth is in METERS

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I have a small trailer sailer and I left my GPS/depth finder in my truck. I didn't realize until I felt the keel dragging along the bottom. I ran down cranked it all the way up and by the time I got back I was sitting was stuck. I jumped over to see if I could pull the boat... but sank to meh teets in the silt. I pulled my way out and wrestled with the boat a bit. No luck tried the motor at full reverse, no luck.... a small tin fishing boat tried to help, lol yeah right. Called my marina, who was about 3/4 of a mile away, they didn't want the liability. I called dep of marine resources and the lady was in the state building 200 yards away. So it only took like 4 or 5 hours to get out to me??? It was really windy and hot so I went below and wound up getting very sick. LoL... I never forget my depth finder and never try to brave the shallows anymore.
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