What's your biggest bonehead move sailing? - Page 62 - SailNet Community
Seamanship & Navigation Forum devoted to seamanship and navigation topics, including paper and electronic charting tools.

 191Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #611 of 615 Old 07-19-2016
HANUMAN
 
RobGallagher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Noank, Connecticut, USA
Posts: 2,712
Thanks: 25
Thanked 88 Times in 86 Posts
Rep Power: 19
 
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...

WINDHOVER
1999 CATALINA 36 MKII
NOANK, CT
RobGallagher is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #612 of 615 Old 07-19-2016
snake charmer, cat herder
 
zeehag's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: refitting a formosa in exotic tropical locations....
Posts: 2,617
Thanks: 11
Thanked 49 Times in 49 Posts
Rep Power: 11
 
Send a message via Yahoo to zeehag Send a message via Skype™ to zeehag
Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

bonehead move-- i put a windgen on top of a wood mast.
what could go wrong??




and then along came patricia.........
oops now i need to repair and or replace my mizzen mast.

oops.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

formosa 41, cruising tropics


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
zeehag is online now  
post #613 of 615 Old 07-19-2016
Senior Member
 
caberg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 1,003
Thanks: 0
Thanked 32 Times in 30 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

Quote:
Originally Posted by CharlieCobra View Post
Tell me yours and I'll tell ya mine
That has got to be the creepiest internet wink in history given that CharlieCobra is now a convicted pedophile.
Sal Paradise likes this.
caberg is online now  
 
post #614 of 615 Old 07-19-2016
HANUMAN
 
RobGallagher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Noank, Connecticut, USA
Posts: 2,712
Thanks: 25
Thanked 88 Times in 86 Posts
Rep Power: 19
 
Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

I once caught Charley Cobra leering at my dinghy. Thank Buddha it was my inflatable and not my hard bottom.

WINDHOVER
1999 CATALINA 36 MKII
NOANK, CT
RobGallagher is offline  
post #615 of 615 Old 05-10-2017
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2017
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

It wasn't totally my fault, but when I was a sailing coach in Newport, I had an interaction with the green bell '11'. I was on one J24, racing another, and using said bell as a windward mark. We were on Starboard, laying it, when the other boat tried to duck us. When its bow slammed into our port quarter, and rose up onto the stern pulpit, I made my way out of the companionway(where I was preparing to feed out the chute) to try to make sure my student didn't get tangled. This distraction was enough to forget the bell. Did I mention that it was around peak ebb, and the navionics chart shows "tide rips" right there. I don't know how fast it goes, but it goes really fast. Our boat speed would be added to it, after the impact maybe 4kts.

When we hit, it was not glancing. It was square on the bow. We stopped dead, and I fell from standing on the deck btw the cockpit and the companionway, down to the cabin sole. On my back. Luckily the spinnaker broke the fall.
Michael Lambert is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
to move or not to move, that is the question. QuickMick General Discussion (sailing related) 5 10-12-2010 06:58 PM
Where to move to now, so we can eventually move aboard? Chrisbloom7 Living Aboard 21 01-08-2010 11:09 AM
Bonehead move of the month Ajax_MD Seamanship & Navigation 18 12-09-2009 09:44 PM
Diesel Fuel Tank Woes...or Bonehead mistake of the season rperret Gear & Maintenance 9 10-07-2007 09:32 PM
Mickelson Makes The Biggest Move (Hartford Courant) NewsReader News Feeds 0 06-18-2006 04:15 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome