to set this up, for years i rode
jet ski's, finally decided to get a powerboat.
went out on it in the hudson
river for the first time in a bad storm.
about 3 years ago, i think it might have been hurricane
wilma? it came the whole way up to NY.
well after a long day of boating
, i threw out the anchor
, and went to bed
the waves rocked me to sleep.
about 2AM, i awoke, to what sounded like something hitting the boat.
it was rocks. in those 4 hours i was sleeping, with the anchor
out, and about 50' of line, i had drifted 3MILES down river. it was pouring rain, thunder, lightning
, i could not see a thing. no navigation
finder said i was in 1500 feet of water
. so i said to myself, dont panic, get on the radio
and call for help. i knew the radio
turned on as i had turned it on earlier, what i had not done, was test to see that it functioned. guess what, the mic didnt work.
i grabbed the cell, with the low battery
light flashing and no charger
i call police, then after 45 seconds on the phone
with them it went DEAD.
pause for a min, think what you would do. your 100% inexperienced,
with a V8 power boat
, in 6' swells, in 0 viz-ability.
i started to tap sos on the boats horn, about an hour later the sheriff came, with a navigation
, and took me to a dock
. i promised myself to never be that unprepared again.
.... so a year passes.
i went down to NYC
harbor to see the statue of liberty at night. navigation, radio, phone
. i had it all.
then this happened.
goes to show, you can prepare for everything, and still have something happen that you can do nothing about.
fouled my prop, dead in the water
. took out my k-bar knife and hacked away, got towed to dock
, and finished the job i could not do in 4' swells and wakes from boats.