Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Cedar Rock, GA
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Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?
I'm sure there will be more bonehead moves to come, but I have less than a year into sailing so the best to date:
With a few sails on my Montego 19, I took former princess out for an overnight stay on Strom Thurmond. We (I) rigged and launched the boat, noticed that no sailboats from the Augusta Yacht Club were taking advantage of the beautiful afternoon sailing weather.
Well - they just had to have dock candy, right? Why have a boat and not sail? I guess they discovered Windfinder long before I did, because the "Better to be docked than wishing you were docked" adage is worth heeding.
Anyway, princess and I headed out into the open water, planning on anchoring when the sun set, and breaking in the new boat. We struck out, and noticed a squall line coming from the west. No worries, we have plenty of time - sailboats can outrun weather, right?
Wrong! Princess is given tiller duty (now I use the gas can, way less mouthy) as a hellacious thunderstorm bears down on us. A powerboat buzzes us heading in as I've let the sheets go and am on the bow pulling down the jib. The main is pinned to the shrouds, no chance to hang it from topping lift, so drop it and let boom fall into cockpit. I secure main to boom, hang from topping lift, and sight nearest island for anchorage. The island is close, so I fire up the outboard, and away we go. For zero feet.
Did the prop fall off? Nope, the shear pin failed trying to wind up the mainsheet that was not secured by a stop knot. Paddle power to island, frowny night with no breaking in of boat.
Next morning, Wawmart rope for temporary mainsheet, and a straightened bungee cord end for a replacement shear pin, and we were underway. It was great fun changing the shear pin sitting on 2 flotation cushions in the water.
As soon as we could get back to the ramp, we (I) loaded up the boat.
Princess is out in the world somewhere, probably looking for a powerboating guy.