Our last overboard situation was almost comical. We were motor-sailing Westbound in the Intercoastal coming up to the Corpus Christi bridge when a cushion blew overboard. Barry reached for it, leaned out too far and bloop - into the drink.
One of the other guys threw him a floatation cushion - almost hit him in the head, then dropped the swim ladder. We were passing a tug with a tow and I couldn't turn into the channel, so I turned Paloma hard to starboard to return to get Barry. Being in the Intercoastal and being close to the edge of the navigatable channel, we ran hard aground. While we were arguing about what to do, Barry - oh yes Barry our MOB - we forgot about him in all the confusion - swam over to the boat with both cushions in tow, came up the swim ladder and shook water all over everyone else.
We tried all the usual methods for ungrounding - backing up in the direction we came in, heeling and kedging, etc - we weren't just aground, we were hard aground. As we were thinking that the best way to get out of this mess was to have a couple of beers and wait for high tide, a guy driving a flat bottom bass boat with twin Johnson 150's, his wife and two dogs aboard, pulls up and says, "need a tow". After affirming that we did in fact need a tow, he proceeded to u-turn around our stern to come around from the starboard side and promptly ran aground. He hopped out to push his boat back into the channel and it was so shallow, his shorts didn't get wet.
After several more trys, he finally got us unstuck and we were again on our way.
As we continued motor-sailing along our way to Freeport, our conversation was not about Barry going MOB, but the little 300hp bass boat.
s/v Paloma, Bristol 29.9, #141
Slipped in Bahia Marina, easy access to Corpus Christi Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
Last edited by johnshasteen; 04-07-2008 at 01:21 PM.