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Old 12-08-2009, 16:34   #1
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Other than recent history, the last time I sailed was in 2002 -- I was 12 then, not to mention I was in a tiny 5 foot bucket with a sail on it. Earlier this year, my girlfriend at the time, my good buddy and myself took my Cal 31 out. My ego has a nice tendency to get the best of me at times, so I declined professional over sight from one of the gentlemen on shore. Bad move.

After some technical difficulty (definatly not human error) with the sliders and track on the main, we were on our way to make port. A near collision with a Columbia 40~ on the way in shook me up a bit (definatly human error) but I tried to keep my nerve. As I made the turn to slip her stern in first, I gunned it a bit more than necessary and almost hit the Police boat moored across the fairway. Throwing it in reverse, I suddenly realize that the prop walk is taking me to a floating steel box that's a couple slips away from my own. After a small and loud profane phrase, his anchor mounts my stern pulpit as I put her in what I thought was neutral, but over did it just a bit.

So now I'm trying to unhook the anchor, completely unaware of the fact that I'm trying to tow this guy out of his slip by his anchor while he's tied up to the dock, my ex is freaking out, my buddy has no idea what to do, the friggin' cops are losing it, and the marina turned into a gopher field as heads one by one popped out of the various companionways. One of the Police Officers collects himself enough to shout that I'm in gear. I take her out of it, remove the anchor, and I throw the bow in my slip -- and of course, I accidentally attemped to turn D-Dock into a boat ramp as I blasted into the side of it.

Damn, I need a cigerette just by telling that story.

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Old 12-08-2009, 16:42   #2
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Gosh, That sounds like a normal docking to me.... am I missing something?

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Old 12-08-2009, 17:06   #3
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Welcome aboard, Cap'n Sam! You'll belong here, very nicely.

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Old 12-08-2009, 17:32   #4
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ROFLMFAO!!!!!-------you are sooo entertaining and sooo ..........
(are ye still mortified???).....welcome to the fun and frolic of boating LOL!!!!
sounds like just another day in the bay!!!!--dont worry --it gets better.....
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Old 12-08-2009, 19:03   #5
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Don't worry, Sam. It can only get better. And if it doesn't, well, you'll have a lot more entertaining war stories to tell.

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Old 12-08-2009, 21:54   #6
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Get used to it. It wont be the first time your boat makes you look like a Captain Ron.

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