Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Noank, Connecticut, USA
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Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?
A little new to this life at the dock after being on a mooring for years. It's really tight getting out so I use a spring line to get the boat turning in the right direction before casting off.
Girlfriend on the bow, looking smoking hot in those shorts and inflatable PFD, sporting a boat hook like a harpoon. Leaving on our first vacation cruise together. Extended forecast is hot but beautiful, block Island here we come!
We are idling in reverse with an aft spring attached that helps push the bow off the dock. Ice in the box, packed enough food, beer, wine and clothes for a month. I got her a copy of Sailing for Dummies. What could possible go wrong?
I go to neutral and release the spring, forward gear....nothing, we are stuck to the dock, feels like we are aground. She looks back at me with this look that says "I thought we are leaving?" I'm looking around like a dumbass as she points with the boat hook and asks if the stern line should still be on the cleat behind me. Bow has now fallen back to the dock so we start again.
Reattach forward spring line, revers idle, wait for the bow to come up off the dock, this time I the remove stern line then the spring and away we go...not.
Again I get the look, "are we leaving?" as the bow comes back to the dock. I look around dumfounded, are we aground?
Another point with the extended boat hook, this time at the forward spring line, "don't you have to unhook that before we go?"
As she stands on the bow and stabs at my mistakes with a harpoon I can't help but wonder who needs the book more.
OK, lets try this again...
1999 CATALINA 36 MKII