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Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

When I was first learning to sail - I was a senior in college in central Ohio and bored one summer (shocker...). I bought a Sunfish knock-off from Craigslist for $400. A few weeks later I was pulling it out of the lake and I noticed both trailer tires were simultaneously flat. Weird BUT.....my storage unit is only a couple miles away. Maybe I can make it back ok because I will likely just replace the rim and tire as an entity instead of changing the tires and tubes individually. Heck, this is central Ohio, I probably won't even encounter one other car on my trip through the back-roads.

So, 25 mph up the road isn't so bad. A little loud but no big deal.

Turn onto the main road, 50 mph is pretty loud for the first few minutes with sparks in my two sideview mirrors. A few minutes later, the sparks move from my sideview mirrors to my rearview because they're now about 5 feet off the pavement.

When I pull into the storage unit, the rims are red-hot with no sign of the tires. They have miraculously gone from 8" diameter to about 4".

21 year old reasoning.
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I was helping someone move a Hunter 25.5 once and we left the key in the ignition (which I still do now on my boat). We were tacking through a narrow inlet, in a stiff breeze, when the mainsheet somehow hung up on the ignition key, yanking it out of the ignition switch and launching it a good 30 feet or so into the drink.

I remember watching it arc over into the water and sink, and turning to the captain and asking, "You don't happen to have a spare key on board, do you?" and instantly knowing from the look on his face, that he didn't.
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Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

Sigh. Two weekends ago in Pensacola Bay on Fairweather (Catalina 25), headed into Big Lagoon traversing the narrow channel between Sherman Cove (NAS Pensacola) and 'Roberston Island' where people anchor on the beach to do some partying. After hanging out in Big Lagoon (1st time ever anchoring on my own) decide to try the OTHER channel closer to the outlet to the Gulf and lo, I ground. Fortunately I got off the hidden sandbar with a mere turn in reverse with the outboard and off I went...to be grounded again. Apparently the sand shifts a lot there at the entry/exit to the Gulf so now I'll be keeping a close eye out and operating with heightened paranoia from here on out.


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Sigh. Two weekends ago in Pensacola Bay on Fairweather (Catalina 25), headed into Big Lagoon traversing the narrow channel between Sherman Cove (NAS Pensacola) and 'Roberston Island' where people anchor on the beach to do some partying. After hanging out in Big Lagoon (1st time ever anchoring on my own) decide to try the OTHER channel closer to the outlet to the Gulf and lo, I ground. Fortunately I got off the hidden sandbar with a mere turn in reverse with the outboard and off I went...to be grounded again. Apparently the sand shifts a lot there at the entry/exit to the Gulf so now I'll be keeping a close eye out and operating with heightened paranoia from here on out.
Sounds like a good learning experience with no harm done. Congratulations as well on anchoring for the first time!

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I don't know if this is my biggest bonehead move, but at the time it was certainly embarrassing, actually still is. I was heading in to Miami in Government Cut and I was completely unaware of the regulation that if there are 2 or more cruise ships in port you need to go around through the other cut, they at the time did not announce this on the VHF at all. Well... there were 2 ships in port and I got a nice visit from the Coast Guard and their deck gun, meanwhile the old hippie that was crewing for me was out on deck taking pictures of the Coast Guard going "Whoaa man, up close shot!" We did get a nice Coast Guard Escort the rest of the way through instead of having to go around, and the next day they were broadcasting every 15 minutes or so that Government Cut was closed. Also all the people were at the rails of the cruise ships watching, meh at least they got a good show.
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Sigh. Two weekends ago in Pensacola Bay on Fairweather (Catalina 25), headed into Big Lagoon traversing the narrow channel between Sherman Cove (NAS Pensacola) and 'Roberston Island' where people anchor on the beach to do some partying. After hanging out in Big Lagoon (1st time ever anchoring on my own) decide to try the OTHER channel closer to the outlet to the Gulf and lo, I ground. Fortunately I got off the hidden sandbar with a mere turn in reverse with the outboard and off I went...to be grounded again. Apparently the sand shifts a lot there at the entry/exit to the Gulf so now I'll be keeping a close eye out and operating with heightened paranoia from here on out.
I keep wanting to try getting up in that channel with my 5 foot draft, but I always chicken out.

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First day I owned the boat ...after a long day sailing ..dropped the anchor...Litterally
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Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

The guy that bought my Columbia 43 left towing the sailing dink I gave him. He streamed it just right for it to fill from the pressure up the centerboard case.

Got that fixed up and continued on to the first nights anchorage where he did a Captain Ron with his new anchor and chain.

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
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I keep wanting to try getting up in that channel with my 5 foot draft, but I always chicken out.
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First day I owned the boat ...after a long day sailing ..dropped the anchor...Litterally
No way! LOL!


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