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Old 24-02-2009, 09:54   #1
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Question Throw it Overboard

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard someone say that they “threw the damn thing overboard”. Well tell us, then, what is the most “interesting” item that you’ve ever deep- sixed?
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Old 24-02-2009, 10:12   #2
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How about an obnoxious client - does that count?
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Old 24-02-2009, 10:17   #3
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Old 24-02-2009, 10:21   #4
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It's not environmentally correct but when we first got our boat there was a bag full of various blocks. We failed a genny block. I installed a used spare. We failed that one. I installed another spare and failed that one.

I then sat down and started chucking every used block in the bag overboard. My partner thought I was nuts. I told him I didn't ever want to be tempted to use anything out of that bag again.

On my next trip to the US I bought all new hardware and pulleys for the vang, mainsheet, genny cars and backstay.

I told my partner that a 200lb guy should be able to pull as hard as he likes on deck hardware and it should never fail. I hate chasing problems from one place to the next.

I put the used non-failed stuff in a bag for backup - Ironic eh?

Last year we failed the car on the mainsheet traveler. We had a "local" fix done. It started jamming and I looked at it and it was about to fail again. We bought a whole new traveler setup from Harken.

I also hate fixing the same damn thing every year.
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A dozen years ago I had purchased a 1/3 sheet finihing sander from Sears on sale. I never used it but I loaned it to a good friend who kept it a long time. I finally had use for it got it back and my "friend" had worn the bearings out. I finished my small project and threw it right in the drink. My neighbor at the time was a stodgey old engineer. Furious and red in the face like he was going to pop a blood vessal asked me "Why did you do that!" I calmly explained "float testing... ", a prior experience with Sears service ( Not the people, I simply got a very beat up replacement for a practically new tool) and my unwillingness to spend two trips to Sears to get a tool fixed that would remind me of the experience. A new $39 sander for MYSELF was in order.
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While many items have been unintentionally float tested from my boat, the best stories come from my time in the Navy. My ship got a new chief engineer. He the mental capacity of cabbage, but issued orders as if he were Patton reincarnated. One day, he was inspecting a compartment for cleanliness and found a pretty sad looking pump that he couldn't identify. He told the petty officer in charge of that compartment to throw the pump overboard. The petty officer did what he was told, knowing exactly what the pump was but not really liking the engineer. When it came time to re-certify our flight deck, it was discovered that our $50,000 helicopter defueling pump was somehow missing. That gaff, along with numerous others, got me installed as the chief engineer.

On another occasion, we were test firing tomahawk missiles. At about 10 seconds left on the countdown, a seagull landed near the launcher. By 5 seconds, he was hopping on the blast pad. Shortly thereafter, a flaming ball of feathers shot over the rail. The entire episode was videotaped. I'm waiting to see it pop up some day on you tube.

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Speaking of the Navy. What about a CIWS barrel? Uh Chief? Oops.

They actually sent divers in the water in Norfolk to retrieve it.
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On another occasion, we were test firing tomahawk missiles. At about 10 seconds left on the countdown, a seagull landed near the launcher. By 5 seconds, he was hopping on the blast pad. Shortly thereafter, a flaming ball of feathers shot over the rail. The entire episode was videotaped. I'm waiting to see it pop up some day on you tube.

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You Dropped What?

Some years ago we were participating in a regatta during which there was some stormy weather. At one point a woman's voice came over the VHF calling the Race Committee to announce that her yacht--which until then had been winning--was withdrawing. The RTO on the Committee Boat asked if there were any problems or injuries. The lady responded. "Not Yet". "Not Yet?" said the RTO. "No" said the lady, "But I've dropped alll of our winch handles overboard and my husband is fit to be tied, so please check on me when you get back to the Club!"
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Its a good thing the continental plates shift causing all this junk we throw into the oceans, to eventually subduct down into the core of the Earth...ultimately getting recycled.
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'I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard someone say that they “threw the damn thing overboard”. Well tell us, then, what is the most “interesting” item that you’ve ever deep- sixed?"

Threw my son overboard. Sucker thought he could teach me how to sail.

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A waffle iron which never worked right, and a ss holding tank with bad leaks in the seams. The latter was in very deep water.
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My deck hand on a commercial fishing boat. That little sucker was a good swimmer. He was also a fast learner. Only happened once.
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So Many Folks in the Brine

Crappy waffle irons and busted blocks OK. (ALL the winch handles!? ) But, geez, THREE actual human beings tossed over the bulwarks!? An obnoxious client, a guy threw his son overboard and another guy tossed his deck hand into the brine. Yikes.
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Speaking of the Navy. What about a CIWS barrel? Uh Chief? Oops.
They actually sent divers in the water in Norfolk to retrieve it.
They lost a Phalanx Gattling gun overboard?
How & when did that happen?
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