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While sailing down island, years ago (which makes it excusable, right?) we decided to shorten sail as the breeze freshened. As a newbie sailor, I didn't realize that putting a reef in the main only requires securing the luff and leach reefing points/grommets and proceeded to tie those three little lines (meant to keep the now unused portion of the main out of the cockpit) tightly around the boom to hold the foot down tightly to the boom (seemed logical to me). Imagine my surprise and embarrassment when those lines (what are they called?) ripped out the belly of the sail. We had to put in to Bequai and get her sewn up for only $75.
Hmm, done this one without the damage..

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End of last season, I decided to build and employ a GIN pole for stepping/unstepping the mast on my Grampian 26, because, why am I going to pay $100 to step, and $100 unstep my mast every year when I can do-it-ma-dern-self for free? Build pole, works great, forget to remove shackle on the tabernacle, break cast shoe hinge at the base of the mast. That'll be $200 you knucklehead!

Thanks capt Aaron and others for the quick advice, and link up to klako spars who kindly provided the part!
Done this one too, tore the step from the cabintop and learned to do glass.

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Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

In the earlier phases of the learning curve I tried to hop off a boat onto a dock between two pilings 3 feet apart... while holding 4 foot boat hook horizontally. The people at the dockside bar appreciated it though.

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Mast stepping/unstepping is always a time for everyone to be paying attention.

I remember doing something similar to Chartreuse with my Buddy's Rhodes 19'. We were raising/stepping the mast and I was controlling a line which was tied to the forestay which held the mast straight up while my Buddy was dealing with the other shrouds/stays on the deck. Well, I must have gotten distracted because the next thing that happened was the mast came down and bent up the tabernacle. Oops! No one was hurt but the tabernacle had to be reshaped.

Years later I was either stepping or unstepping the mast on the Lightning 19' I owned for a few years. My wife was helping me. Somehow the mast got free and fell, dealing my wife a glancing blow to the head. I am so lucky that we did not end up in the emergency room and that she is still with me.
It wasn't my call but I was involved.
Friend with his home build trimaran was preparing to de-step the mast.
Had me hold the forward line while he disconnected everything and pushed the mast to the stern so the guy at the stern could let the mast set in the boom crutch.
He apparently didn't attach my line and the boom came down fast.
Apparently the line reeving though the block slowed the mast down just enough so the bottom guy was able to guide the mast to the crutch.

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In the earlier phases of the learning curve I tried to hop off a boat onto a dock between two pilings 3 feet apart... while holding 4 foot boat hook horizontally. The people at the dockside bar appreciated it though.
All bonehead moves are best done with an appreciative audience.

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In the earlier phases of the learning curve I tried to hop off a boat onto a dock between two pilings 3 feet apart... while holding 4 foot boat hook horizontally. The people at the dockside bar appreciated it though.
That right there is comedy gold. Like, Larry, Moe, and Curly-grade slapstick. I applaud you.
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Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

Does trying to get my boat ready to "sail off into the tropical sunset" while living in the Pacific North West and living on board at the same time with no help from anyone else count? I have minimum 8month/yr down time because of the weather on top of that weather never really gets to where I can do what I want....doing stuff by myself is also a bit tough too.

On another note I recently discovered the difference between knowing where you were going and thinking you knew where you were going....at least when you don't have a clue you know that you don't.

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I don't think so, but as a consolation it does qualify you for the looney bin and a variety of other receptacles where straight jackets are employed. You're living out one of my dreams (well, drop the Northwest and no help bits).

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Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

Add in not being able to sail most of the year because of weather...or is that just included in the PNW bit. My plan is to get the boat to where I can sail down to San Fransisco in late July and spend the time necessary getting it ready (and finding a long term crew) there. No one wants to volunteer for the sail right now (will probably have lots of takers once boat is ready to go).
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Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

The weather is the problem with PNW - after all, if it wasn't for that you'd have more good weather time for the repairs, coatings etc. and get in the water sooner. Heck, friends might even come down in good weather and help you out provided you offer them chilled microbrews further speeding the process.

But you have a plan, and it looks workable from the outside. And, furthermore, what's the alternative? Armchair adventuring? Long term TV viewing? You ain't being boneheaded... yet.

However, the path ahead is lined with ample opportunity for boneheadedness.

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