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Nope... not my martini glasses, and i bet it'd leave a nasty aftertaste.
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Do you use a miracle cloth to polish the stainless steel martini glass ?, lol

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I don't know if I have told this story before.
If you have already heard it than please disregard.
Not so much a bonehead move, but I thought it was hysterical.

After our initial shake out of the new to us boat, we began our journey from Lake St. Claire, up the St. Claire River, up Huron, through the Straits and down Michigan.
Our first day was spent motoring up the St. Claire River. In itself this was very uneventful. Upon reaching the City of Port Huron, we had anticipated staying at the City Marina which is located up a small; very small river; The Black River. The Black River is some what congested, with slips, restaurants, and small marinas on both sides. With the boats moored on both sides of the river, it made for a fairly tight squeeze for us.

To get to the City Docks, you have to pass under two lift bridges.
We arrived late in the afternoon/early evening. The bridges are opened on demand as requested.

We approach the first bridge, I get out the air horn, and I give one long and one short. As I am giving the last short, the horn looses pressure and fades away into "I got nothing left."

The bridge opens (Thankfully) and we pass through.

Now we are in the small Black River, between the two bridges, with no horn. I try the radio with no luck. I thought possibly the tender would open upon seeing us, again, no such luck. Suddenly I remember that the PO had left us one of those emergency type horns that you manually blow through. I run down to the nav desk and grab it.

I hand this contraption over to my teenage daughter and say, "Samantha, you play the trumpet, you blow on this thing. One long and one short."

My daughter looks at me like I have some sort of defect growing out of my head and says, "I'm not blowing that thing. You do it."

Teenagers, sometimes you just want to kill 'em.
I blow the manual horn. It sounds like a dying cow, one long and one short. The bridge immediately opens and we pass through.

The dying cow horn worked as well as any fancy air horn out there.
I since have gotten the air horn that you can blow up with a small air pump. When it runs out, you simply pump it back up.

The Moral of the story; The Dying Cow horn works in a bind.
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I have one of those pump up air horns, it won't hold air anymore.
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I have one of those pump up air horns, it won't hold air anymore.


Check to see if it is the bottle. If it is... I believe the cap is a fairly standard soda bottle thread, and should fit many other bottles as well. Look for one in a heavier plastic, like a 1 ltr. bottle.

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Not really sailing, trying to get sailing ....

I was backing out of the slip, looking behind me to make sure no one was coming down the fairway. I turned to look forward just in enough time to realize I had NOT disconnected the shore power, slammed the transmission into forward and gave it full throttle (causing the admiral and my daughters to look at me like I had lost it!), and narrowly missed pulling the shore power stand into the water. Bet I won't make that mistake again!

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I've seen powerboats do this...but this is the first time I've heard of a sailboat attempting it.
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I was backing out of the slip, looking behind me to make sure no one was coming down the fairway. I turned to look forward just in enough time to realize I had NOT disconnected the shore power, slammed the transmission into forward and gave it full throttle (causing the admiral and my daughters to look at me like I had lost it!), and narrowly missed pulling the shore power stand into the water. Bet I won't make that mistake again!

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I've seen powerboats do this...but this is the first time I've heard of a sailboat attempting it.
Well technically, when you have the motor running you are a power boat. So now I make a few IQ points adjustment for when I am under motor power, cause everyone knows when the engine is running you can lose up to 15 IQ points maybe more.
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Yeah, nothing like motoring into your trailer at 2 knots becuase:

A. The little motor has no nuetral or reverse.
B. You have to use said motor to steer because it was too shallow to hang the rudder.
C. Ya got lazy and didn't use the oars intead after getting within ten feet of the trailer.

Gotta say, this little cheaply built boat is tough as nails. I've seen it chew up peices of someones new wood dock, absolutely DESTROY a trailer light, bend the trailer winch mounting post, all without any apparent effect on the boat.

I'm glad I'm getting most of this crap out my system before I go buy a bigger, more expensive and probably more tender boat like that C380.
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There are three kinds of sailors—those who have run aground and admit it; those who have run aground and are lying about it; and those who just sit at the dock, drinking martinis out of their stainless steel martini glasses.
Is it considered running aground if you can get off without outside assistance? How about a hard bounce without a complete stop? I'm just tried to determine whether I'm the single or double digits.
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IMHO...Yes... and no.
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Is it considered running aground if you can get off without outside assistance? How about a hard bounce without a complete stop? I'm just tried to determine whether I'm the single or double digits.

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