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Old 19-11-2009, 07:12   #1
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Maiden Voyage

Or leaving Louisiana in the broad daylight

After 18 months in New Iberia La. rebuilding this shrimp boat we finally pushed off. We tried a week earlier but dropped a valve and cracked a head so we did an engine rebuild. I must say that even while the Detroit Diesel was grinding up it's own guts and spitting out the pieces through the exhaust it ran just fine, lost some rpm and belched a lot of smoke but kept right on chugging.

Left Vermillion Bay the first day to go around the Mississippi River outlet on the outside toward the Florida panhandle an had a fuel spill an hour out, ran aground the second day, hit some nasty weather the third day with stuff flying around the cabin since nothing was secured, and snapped my anchor cable the fourth day trying to pull it up. The snubber line held so I managed to retrieve the anchor with a chain.

Running aground was a hoot as the depth sounder was telling us we were in 93 ft of water, so I assumed we snagged a net or something that was holding us firm. I put on my full Jacque Cousteau drag and jumped in the water to do battle and landed on the bottom with water up to my tits. Our boat draws 6.5 ft so I knew right off this was not good. I did ease it off with no problem.

Anyway we're heading to Key West should you want to give us wide berth.

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Old 19-11-2009, 07:20   #2
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Sounds like you're having an interesting trip. Hope things go a bit smoother in the future. At least you're off the dock!

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Old 19-11-2009, 07:49   #3
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Lol! This sounds like one of my trips! I didn't think there could be anybody else that ran the same way I do
Seriously, Hope things straighten up for you and the rest goes smooth!
It's great to be started anyway!

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Old 19-11-2009, 10:27   #4
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so... I'm guessing a new depth sounder or transducer is on the shopping list huh?
the perfect dive boat is one you're on...
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Old 20-11-2009, 04:21   #5
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Keep us posted, Lorenzo. Sounds like you're off to an "interesting" start!

Bon voyage!
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Old 20-11-2009, 04:48   #6
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Old 21-11-2009, 05:42   #7
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Note to self: remember to use the weighted lead line first to check for depth before donning the wetsuit and doing a Sea Hunt off the rail.
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Old 21-11-2009, 06:52   #8
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it's supposed to be an adventure! sounds pretty normal. i'd run it out of fuel and get really lost just to get it over with.

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