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:laugher Just thought I would share a laugh after the fact, it wasn't funny at the when it happened! I was trailering our S-2 7.3 to Portland and going down a fairly steep hill on I-5 interstate at about 60. I noticed in my rear mirror the boat (which had a 4' fixed keel) seemed to be getting farther behind. I realized I had lost the pin holding the tongue extension on the trailer. The only thing holding the trailer and boat to the truck was the electric wires. I moved the truck to the right shoulder and tried to slowly bring the trailer to a stop. When it did stop the 3500 lb boat broke its tie downs and kept going! Had I been positioned more in the center the keel would have gone right through the cab of the pickup. The boat slid on the keel and its port side for 200 ft, then came to rest in the slow lane on the freeway. Traffic was extra light and no one was injured. When the OSP showed up she verified I had the boat properly tied down, then asked me for my name. You can imagine how difficult it was for her not to break out laughing when I said David Sailer!
The boat sustained about 4000 in cosmetic damages, but not patched up beautifully. I can recommend the S-2 for its toughness!
 

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LOL... truth is definitely stranger than fiction... :)
 

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And what happened to the saftey chains and the break away cable for the brakeing system IF it had brakes ?
 

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I'm guessing the safety chains were attached to the tongue extension, not the main trailer. As for the brakes, maybe this trailer didn't have brakes... or the surge brake controller wasn't working properly.
And what happened to the saftey chains and the break away cable for the brakeing system IF it had brakes ?
 

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Safety chains

The dual safety chains were attached to the main stem, not the extension. Brake cable also broke apart. It was a good lesson in double checking everything whether going on the water or trailering.
 

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OUch... Did the chains break too??
 

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So, a post from someone with only 2 prior, entered just after midnight on April first. I think the S2 is not the only thing being taken for a ride. PICS or it didn't happen.
 

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So cynical... :D I've seen photos of sailboats that went pavement sailing... not much fun... some made out better than I'd have expected though.
 

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April Fools!!!??

Here's a funny one that is actually true.
A few years ago my dad was moving my Venture 24 from my old house to my new house. As he was backing into the driveway with the boat, the trailer came un-hitched and rolled 180' down the driveway on it's own, swerved past a very big pecan tree and came to a gentle stop 3' from the garage, in the exact spot I was planning on parking it.

Another time I was hauling the same boat over the Grapevine when the cable in the bow winch snapped and the boat slipped back far enough to grind the rudder on the road...ouch. Well, I was planning on reshaping it anyway.

Hmmm, maybe I should have named THAT boat "Free Spirit" because it was always trying to take off on it's own.
 

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Yo Baboon

Nobody would willingly tell this story when it makes them out to be a less than careful! If you are that interested ask for the police report with the OSP for February 06. Otherwise, have a little faith!
 

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I was trying to keep myself from posting this story but since it wasn't my boat, trailer or tow vehicle I will spill the beans.
Sometime last month I was helping a friend move his trailer sailor to a property on LI from Yonkers, NY. My friend had replaced one of the tires which had become flat while the boat and trailer where sitting in his front driveway. As we were working on the wiring for the trailer lights my friends son remarked to me that: "That tire has not been torqued." (the kid works in a diesel mechanics shop). I thought that he was pulling my leg and was not present when the tire was replaced so I did not have a clue.
After much dithering about we decided that I would follow the tow vehicle in my car and we set out. We made it to the NY State Thruway without a problem and started what would have been at least a 3 hour drive. Shortly after we got up to highway speed (@ 60 mph) I noticed the trailer starting to act a little 'squirrely' and not following a smooth line. The next thing I knew the 'new' tire had come off the hub and was bouncing along through relatively modest traffic as it headed for the pull over lane. Meanwhile the trailer was shooting out sparks as the tire mount was the only thing holding up the port side of the trailer. The boat handled like a champ and stayed put on it's trailer as we both pulled over to the shoulder to inspect and assess the situation.
What we found was that there were no lug nuts on the tire mount (obviously they had not been torqued) and the tire was recovered about 100 yards behind where we had stopped. We had car jacks but no lug nuts and desperately wanted to get off the Thruway so I went in search of an auto parts store while my friends wife called AAA.
I found the auto parts place back by where we had got on the thruway and finally found the 1/2" open ended lug nuts used on this trailer. When I got back to my car I could see my cell phone and car keys sitting on the passengers seat! This is not something I do every day but of all days to pull this bone headed maneuver. About 2 hours later with the help of a good samaratin named John O'Shea I got back into my car and phoned my friend and bought this fellow a beer (which was all he wanted for all his time).
Meanwhile my friend was being helped by the thruway people who jacked up the trailer and put the tire back on and 'borrowed' a few lugs from the other tire and they were escorted off at the next exit.
I met them back at their house and I could only laugh at our folly and how lucky we were that no one else was hurt and the boat had moved to the opposite side of the driveway after a short but harrowing trip.
Lots of lessons were learned by all during and after this experience.
#1 - Do not take your trailer for granted.
#2 - Never lock your keys in your car, ever.
There were a lot of finer points but for the sake of brevity I will leave it at that.
 

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OK you unbelievers!

If it was really that important to prove to you that it happened I suggest you call Marge at The Sailing Life in Portland, she sold the repaired S-2 (after full disclosure) to a couple who took it to the Sea of Cortez. I don't need to lie about such a thing.

So I guess there is no need to tell you of the kindness we experienced when the wheel bearing went out on our boat trailer on vacation. A total stranger took our family to his home, allowed us to stay in his 5th wheel, fixed us a five course breakfast and arranged for our trailer to be repaired. That was a story stranger than fiction. Ten years later I was in the same town doing financial counseling and the young lady sitting in front of me was the daughter of that very kind man.

I think sailing people in general are great people with an occasional arse once in awhile.
 

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It happens more often than you think

There have been a few such incidents around the western Canadian lake I used to sail at, mostly with soft landings in grassy ditches and the most significant damage to owners pride. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of those.

I came across the one below a couple of years ago. As I recall the Martin 242 guys (or was it the Santana guys?) had a few humourus comments about J24 owner launching techniques.

J/24 District 14 - Home of the Texas Circuit
 
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