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Old 22-03-2010, 05:14   #31
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Might sound silly but I became really scared one time when the wind hit about 40 knots and the sea got to about 6 metres... and I was on my own... no auto helm. But I imagine that is not so original a comment.
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Old 27-03-2010, 06:24   #32
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Many,many years ago I was working at sea on a clam dredge. We pulled up something very important in the dredge and layed it on deck. We intended to call the Coast Guard and report it. The Captain came out on deck and saw it. He ordered us to throw it back in the ocean and keep our mouths shut or we would never work another clam dredge again. Since we were all very young and making over $1,500 a week and wanted to keep our jobs we did as ordered. I can't say what it was but it was fairly receint as there were no barnacles or even grass growing on it yet. The numbers on it would have been very important to the authorities had we even thought to write them down. But, being young and having been threatened and ordered by the Captain we felt it was manditory to do as we were ordered. To this day I feel this was wrong and the Captain should not have put his entire crew in that position.
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Old 29-03-2010, 13:52   #33
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Any idea what it was? Gonna really leave us hanging like that!!!???
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Old 29-03-2010, 14:16   #34
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Okay, I wasn't going to get into it because there is nothing I can do now. I don't remember the numbers. It was a small airplane wing with the numbers on it. It didn't even have any alge on it yet. No barnacles. Like a small private plane. Years later I had a friend who said her husband had disappeared in their private plane over the ocean. No wreckage was ever found and her husbands body was never found. That was 15 or so years after the clamboat incident but it makes you wonder if the one we found was a similar incident. I never asked her how long it had been that her husband was lost. Nah, that would be to wierd. Still, you've got to wonder. I never thought about that possibility until just now. I don't think I ever mentioned finding the wing to her. I guess I just pushed it to the back of my mind and forgot about it. It was around 35 years ago.
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Old 29-03-2010, 15:34   #35
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My friends and I fired off our 30-06. We took some paper bags and made little floating targets (nothing plastic / gross). HUGE splashes when the round hits the water.
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Danced wildly in the cockpit of my Corsair 36 when I realized that 3 weeks of boat motion had made my back stop hurting for the first time in years...
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Danced wildly in the cockpit of my Corsair 36 when I realized that 3 weeks of boat motion had made my back stop hurting for the first time in years...
I've had neck and back surgery and both the pains seem to go away after a week or so of sailing, unless I screw up. It must be the continuous motion.
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Old 29-03-2010, 23:48   #38
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I've had neck and back surgery and both the pains seem to go away after a week or so of sailing, unless I screw up. It must be the continuous motion.
I think so too... specifically, the constant minor adjustments to movement in all axes. At the lab and in my office, I slouch in a chair for most of the day; on the boat, I'm all over the place, moving a little even when I don't realize it. It's subtle, but over the course of a week or two, being on the boat dramatically reduces the constant pain of some damaged vertebrae.

Much more effective than pain pills, and only addicting in a good way!

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I've had neck and back surgery and both the pains seem to go away after a week or so of sailing, unless I screw up. It must be the continuous motion.

COOL!...More ploys to lure the wife to a life at sea....she has a couple vertebrae fusing together...as an ex gymnast..she is pretty beat up for her age.
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Now I'm working on getting my doc to write a prescription for the sailboat...
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