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Old 12-07-2007, 08:45   #1
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my boat is sailing away...

we got a oil mark on our boat...so early in the morning, I lifted the keel and got my yacht gently on a silent sandy beach..not a soul arround..I get off the boat with a rag and soap...and in no time the oil has gone. I get on the boat via the sren ladder and start the engine, put in rev...she does not move... I LEAVE the engine in rev ..at 2200 rpm, get of the boat and..I push the bow hard ...she moves backwards , I try to run and get to the stern, but she picks up speed and slides away... at the last minute I grasp the bow ..but cannot pull myself on board... she is approaching low lying rocks at fuul speed now...I start to kick sideways with all I have, and she beggins to turn I kick like hell, and in full swing I let go and make for the stern ,...I grab the laddre get on board , I put in geat ahead and vey quitly retun to the marina....

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Old 12-07-2007, 08:59   #2
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I grab the laddre get on board , I put in geat ahead and vey quitly retun to the marina....
I'm sure you will reconsider such exercises more carefully now. Maybe a few others that read this will too. Being lucky still counts!
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Old 12-07-2007, 09:02   #3
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In my mind, it plays like a scene from a Bean movie.

Glad it turned out OK!

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Old 12-07-2007, 14:44   #4
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we had a fisherman go missing this spring. his boat was found by the coast guard still in gear and running at slow speed. everything else was normal but the captain was not on board. they searched for 2 days but never found him. it must have been agonizing if he had to watch his boat as it powered away.
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Old 12-07-2007, 14:57   #5
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Read a story about a guy in the PNW sailing the sound. Thought it would be a good idea to tow himself behind the boat under sail to cool off. Gets into a swim suit, tails a nylon line behind the boat at 5 knts, jumps off the back and grabs the line. The force of the water strips his suit off. He looks up and sees the knot starting to slip from the transom. Adreanalin kicks in and he is braely able to pull himself back to the stern ladder before the line lets go. He gets back on board shaking and realizes that when the boat finally ran aground, all his wife would find is his clothes in the cockpit and his drowned , naked body 2 days later. Says he'll never do that again. I belive I read it in 48 degrees North.
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Old 12-07-2007, 16:19   #6
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Man, that sound like something I would do...
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Read a story about a guy in the PNW sailing the sound. Thought it would be a good idea to tow himself behind the boat under sail to cool off. Gets into a swim suit, tails a nylon line behind the boat at 5 knts, jumps off the back and grabs the line. The force of the water strips his suit off. He looks up and sees the knot starting to slip from the transom. Adreanalin kicks in and he is braely able to pull himself back to the stern ladder before the line lets go. He gets back on board shaking and realizes that when the boat finally ran aground, all his wife would find is his clothes in the cockpit and his drowned , naked body 2 days later. Says he'll never do that again. I belive I read it in 48 degrees North.
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Old 12-07-2007, 19:12   #8
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That sailor needs to learn to tie a good knot or two.

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I often “trolled” myself when on the Bahamian Banks.
Sails down, I’d idle the engine in fwd (<2 kts?), and tow from a floating line.
Great way to cool off, and get a (sort of) massage.
Maggie always kept a sharp lookout, and seldom took her turn in the water (nervous about sharks & ‘cuda).
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For those annoying visitor comments "gee it doesn't go very fast does it", I reply, "Yeah well jump in a try to swim, you'll soon realise how fast we are going"
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I just throw their hat in the water........it's a distant memory in seconds....Aye Nicky???????
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it was realy frightning...to lose a boat infront of your eyes...almost. and the feeling that you are trying to do something to change the situation..all in seconds before hitting the rocks....
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For those annoying visitor comments "gee it doesn't go very fast does it", I reply, "Yeah well jump in a try to swim, you'll soon realise how fast we are going"
You can also tell them you are going faster than you can carry all this stuff while swimming.
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I was in Kosrae, in the Western Pacific when I briefly met a yachtie who was concerned that another yachtie singlehander was overdue. He told me that he was going to go looking for him with his yacht. I thought that this was totally hopeless, but he actually found the boat on Minerva Reef, with no one aboard, and the last charted position about 150 miles from Minerva Reef. I forget most of the details, but the missing yachtie was French, and his boat was a plywood junk rigged boat. I had met with the missing yachtie, Robaird, (don't know/remember his last name or his yacht's name,) in Santa Barbara, California, a couple of years before, but hadn't been able to speak with him as we didn't have a common language.
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