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Old 16-04-2019, 09:08   #1
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OK, what did you forget?

So I was pondering things I had forgotten on past ventures and how I could NOT forget them next time... you know things that might be easily overlooked but turned out to be kind of personally, or otherwise, important! For me last time it was fingernail clippers.
This might also include "what broke and you wish you had had a spare for?" Last time for me it was the outboard primer bulb.
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Old 16-04-2019, 14:47   #2
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Re: OK, what did you forget?

One time, we forgot to untie the spring line, then left the dock till the line bent the stanchion...Not our most glorious moment.

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Old 16-04-2019, 15:31   #3
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Re: OK, what did you forget?

left two weeks worth of groceries in the trunk of the car once. ate top ramen and granola bars (no coffee!) all the way to cabo. also left my flip flops on the dock and got to PV shoe-less with no bargaining power at la zapatoria. paid $35 american for their cheapest sandals... still have them though.
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Old 16-04-2019, 15:33   #4
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I’ve been unbelievably close to leaving the pontoon without unplugging the shore power on so many occasions, but have never actually done it thankfully. I really need to find some way to remind myself...
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Old 16-04-2019, 15:35   #5
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I’ve been unbelievably close to leaving the pontoon without unplugging the shore power on so many occasions, but have never actually done it thankfully. I really need to find some way to remind myself...
tie a red rag on the wheel any time the shore cord is plugged in...
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Old 16-04-2019, 15:35   #6
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Omg. I’ve left my brain ashore more times than I can remember. Food. Lines. Sails! Winch handles. Tools. Flashlights. Everything. It’s always in the trunk of my car.
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Re: OK, what did you forget?

I can't remember.
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Old 16-04-2019, 16:19   #8
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Re: OK, what did you forget?

The odd little specialised air valve to pump up the dinghy. Had to buy a whole new cheapo pump and cut off the valve.
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Ones upon a time I forgot my wife on the fuel dock.... she talked so muchhhhhhhh
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We had a long stay on the hard in Trinidad while we lived on the boat. To make more room in the cockpit, I stowed the wheel in a locker and soon forgot about it....Until the day we splashed. Unfortunately I remembered it well after I had the motor running and started backing out of the slings. This is one of the wife's favorite stories when we meet with other cruisers.
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Re: OK, what did you forget?

I too take the wheel off to gain room in the cockpit while tied up. I lash the wheel to one of the frames supporting the bimini, so it is not like the the wheel is invisible or out of sight. As we pulled away from the dock into the marina fairway, I hollered to my wife on the foredeck to check again for traffic as I was turning. About then I realized that while one hand was on the throttle, the other was ..... I danced a lot with the bow thruster.

That contretemps made my wife very happy, and it became her favorite happy hour story. The next time we pulled out, she told me she had put the wheel on which I verified. Pulled into the fairway and began my turn. The wheel spun ... and spun ... and spun while the boat went forward. This time it was dance on the gear shift-throttle. The post-mortem revealed that I had failed to tell my wife about an important fixture on the wheel spindle called a Woodruff key and how the wheel fits on it.

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left two weeks worth of groceries in the trunk of the car once.
YEESH! That must have smelled lovely when you got back!
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Forgot our spinaker pole when moving to a new marina. We had it stored hanging on a bulkead. The worst part was, when we drove back to get it a week later, it had been stolen.
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Re: OK, what did you forget?

I have a new neighbor who has sailed all over the South Pacific.

After being frustrated by looking out his window at his boat and seeing Starlings roosting in the rigging and crapping all over the boat, he attached a line to his main halyard and tied it to a railing just outside his house's kitchen door. That way, he could shake the line from the house to scare away the birds.
It worked great until one day...


Yup.


He did a lot of dancing to get back to the dock with his 50 foot aluminum fully loaded cruiser heeling toward the house.


Of course, I've NEVER forgotten anything when going off in the boat...
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Re: OK, what did you forget?

I was cruising Puget sound with friends on their Cal-40. We stayed overnight at Mystery Bay state park. Just before leaving the next morning we moved over to the pump out dock briefly. While we were pumping out another friend took the garbage up to the dumpster on shore.
Yep we forgot and left her. Noticed about 10-15 out and turned around immediately. She was very good natured about having been forgotten.
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