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Old 30-04-2010, 22:58   #1
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I decided to post this rather than hijack another thread on when and if to help fellow cruisers having difficulty. This is a true story.

I was down at the dock on a breezy summer day changing out the batteries on Idora. Across the way from me (astern) one of my neighbors arrived for an afternoon picnic sail on her classic 30 foot gaff rig catboat. (I had seen her earlier in the week cleaning and painting and knew that it was her boat.) Now I could see that she had been preparing for a date with her new (non boating ) beau. She looked excited and pleased, obivously looking forward to the afternoon.

In that marina it was common for people to secure their dingy ahead of their boat in the slip, tied off to the bow in some way and to back out with it in that position and then walk the painter back to a stern cleat on the way out of the marina. I noticed that she had moved her anchor forward during cleaning and that it was hanging over the bow roller on the starboard side of the bowsprit.

In due coiurse she started the engine, cast off and backed out of the slip. Unfortunately the wind and current in combination with the dingy in the water tied to a bow cleat conspired to prevent her from turning the boat. So back and forth she went unable to turn in the available space, only able to move for and aft. Frantic to control the boat she added more and more power on each fore and aft traverse in a vain attempt to turn. Finally, she gave up and hollered up to her boyfriend to untie the dingy painter and bring it aft so that the she could overcome the wind and current and turn the boat. The hapless boyfriend proceeded to untie the chain brake and the anchor fell straight into the dingy--now she was really in a pickle and resumed roaring to and fro at full power, completely unable to control the boat with the weight of the anchor in the dingy! Quite correctly she hollered up to the boyfriend to recover the anchor. Unfortunately, he proceeded to vault over the bow into the dingy where she could no longer see him. Her anguished cries indicated that she thought he had fallen off the boat until she witnessed the anchor come flying up over the life lines and crash onto the beautiful teak deck. THEN!! as a result of his thowing the anchor while standing in a moving dink he toppled over backward and splashed into the drink!!

This was just too much and the poor woman was reduced to tears. She cut the engine and drifted up against the stern(s) of the adjacent boats. By this time everyone in the marina was watching these unfortunate events and a mob armed with boat hooks, life slings and dock lines conveged on the scene. The dingy was secured to the stern, the engine restarted and the beau fished out of the drink and deposited on deck.

As they motored out of the marina I could not help but feel that it was quite likely that they would end up married. What an excellent first date.

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Old 30-04-2010, 23:51   #2
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He seems both willing and able. With a bit of training they might be great.

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He's a strong one ... throwing the anchor up on deck ... oh my, I don't suppose she laughed half as hard as I just did?
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Old 01-05-2010, 15:28   #4
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Great story, well told. Please let us know if he reappears on the scene! If so, he might be a keeper. Alternatively, let us know if the boat in question comes up for sale!


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In my imagination I heard that anchor hit the deck!
Good story.
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I felt it hit the deck.
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Old 16-06-2010, 09:52   #7
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I felt her pain! With being a newbie to sailing, docking has been a challange! People come running to help every time they see me coming!
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I felt her pain! With being a newbie to sailing, docking has been a challange! People come running to help every time they see me coming!
I guess the same will happen to me when I'll feel ready to move into a catamaran since I do not have any experience for now
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Old 16-06-2010, 12:14   #9
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brilliant, many thanks for writing this up, but for the grace of God goes .....................

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!!! LOL !!! What a great story, superbly told! There but for the grace of God. THanks for that.
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That is a crazy story, I would love to have been a fly on the wall when they were fully out in the harbour.. man, nice story!!
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I have smetimes wished the the angker was tied to the crew
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If he ever shows again pass him a note with the Singles Section of this forum. Some of the gals there would just a love such a willing and un-educated crew to shout at!
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Too funny and well told. The emoticons made it work.

And yes, but for the grace of God.....
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thanks for the laugh - nice little distraction from my work day

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