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Old 17-11-2009, 12:03   #1
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I bought a brand new motor boat from the London boatshow

Two days after delivery I motored up the River Crouch (Essex England) and moored on a quayside next to a pub.

Aware of the tidal flow I checked the boat every few minutes;However at some point I must have left it 30 mins and it was hanging off the quay

Cut the ropes drifted with the trickle left in the stream, engine failed, went aground.

at high tide that midnight swam to boat and put it on a buoy centre channel

some local gents walked out on the mud at low tide stripped the electronics and mud spattered the interior

but I am still here
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Old 17-11-2009, 12:14   #2
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It'll only get better from here on in. Tough first learning experience.
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Old 17-11-2009, 13:19   #3
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Bummer. Don't you just want to take people like that and drop them head first down an outhouse toilet?
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should have said this was some years ago but I thought I'd share the experience.

At the time it was a real sickener hence it still being well remembered; I really thought it might be my last days boating...

but we moved on to have some great times so live and learn
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Bummer. Don't you just want to take people like that and drop them head first down an outhouse toilet?

nah, just bury them in the mud at the next low tide. Let the crabs have a feast. they gotta eat too you know!

What is it with people that makes them like that? I'll never understand. Sometimes I think the moslem law about cutting of their hand for theft is a really neat idea.

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I bought a brand new motor boat from the London boatshow

Two days after delivery I motored up the River Crouch (Essex England) and moored on a quayside next to a pub.

Aware of the tidal flow I checked the boat every few minutes;However at some point I must have left it 30 mins and it was hanging off the quay

Cut the ropes drifted with the trickle left in the stream, engine failed, went aground.

at high tide that midnight swam to boat and put it on a buoy centre channel

some local gents walked out on the mud at low tide stripped the electronics and mud spattered the interior

but I am still here
Not to make too light of the story, but this really is rather funny....in a sad way of course. There are, however, some readily apparent lessons that can be gleaned from it.
1) There's certainly something to be said for buying 'used' and letting some other sod suffer the immediate depreciation on the purchase of a 'new boat'.
2) Alcohol and boats goes together about as well as alcohol and firearms.
3) Hanging out a rabbit usually attracts the coyotes.
4) Coyotes are everywhere.
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