Where to begin, Hannah said it well.
#1 While docking
& Walking across the bow with wet decks slipped and did a face plant resulting in a broken nose. Blood everywhere, went to hospital for repairs
. Moral: Had bare feet, use proper footwear.
#2 Nice sunny morning standing on the bow with coffee in one hand and other resting on the anchor winch
I inadvertently stepped on the foot switch pulling my hand into the winch
. Result was severe lacerations and two broken fingers, the worst was powering the winch back to get my hand out. Ouch! Blood everywhere, went to hospital for repairs
. Moral: shut the winch off at the main when not in use.
#3 Wife and I were run over by a runaway speed boat while in the dingy, wife took severe blow to the head but remained in dingy & conscious, I got thrown out with a 12" gash across my side and back with a neat lifetime scar as a memento. Blood everywhere, went to hospital for repairs. Moral: Ship happens. Speed boat operator was sober and alert but no one was at the helm
cable had broke pitching operator on floor.
#4 Wife was coming up to aft deck
carrying drinks with both hands, tripped on threshold and fell hard through doorway. Badly bruised and torn rotary cuff in shoulder. Went to hospital for repairs. Injury haunts her to this day. Moral: Always have one hand free to hang on when walking on a boat.
#5 Nasty storm developing, wife went to lay down in V-berth to read, storm got worse with boat pitching violently causing her to be thrown from the bed
against the ceiling and walls countless times. (yes! against the ceiling!) All the while unbeknownst to me on the bridge she was essentially trapped until was actually thrown out the door into the hall. Badly bruised and really pissed. Moral: NEVER buy a boat with a single
, never use the Vberth in a severe storm, stay to the back of the boat, aft cabin or aft deck
#6 Raining, windy & miserable while docking
at a cement breakwall with a deep surge, wife lost
balance, over-reached & fell overboard
between boat and cement wall, managed to get out from between in nick of time before getting crushed as boat slammed against wall. Bruised ego. Moral: Ship happens even to the most experienced, Screw the boat, never put yourself in jeopardy to save bumps or scratches to the boat.
#7 Caught in severe storm, off course, lost
, low on fuel
, boat pitching violently every direction, zero visibility, lightning
flashing/striking all around, thunder booming, waves crashing on deck, wind howling, props coming out of the water
causing engines to nearly fly to pieces. Wife literally looses it, panic & uncontrolled hysteria as she mindlessly rips through lockers looking for preservers & safety gear
. Unable to comfort as can not leave helm
for even a second. Ultimately fatigues and sits down on floor sobbing. (first & only time this happened, largely fatigue induced) Moral: At first sign of foul weather
, STOP, locate all safety gear
, put on harness & preservers, have all safety gear ready. It can't be done during a howling gale on a violently pitching boat.
Have seen several gruesome flybridge ladder accidents first hand. All of my boats have had steps or stairs to bridge.
Footnote: Top notch first aid kit is a must! Often going to the hospital for repairs was many hours or sometimes days after the incident.
I could go on & on as many here could but won't bore you further.