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Old 03-11-2015, 18:43   #1

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What Scary Nautical Stories do you have from this Halloween weekend?

We've all seem some scary stuff out on the water before, but this weekend was especially scary. Maybe because it was Halloween?
We were in the intracoastal waterway (south Florida) and a guy had his whole family on his boat and decided he didn't feel like waiting for the other boats around him (it was a busy weekend) so he cuts outside the channel, beer in hand and goes flying around the channel markers. Not just one but stayed outside the channel for as far as we could see! We know this area (and I"m assuming that he didn't!) and he's super lucky he didn't run aground! Just look at the Navionics app on your phone dude and you'll see that you've barely got enough water to keep from throwing your whole family off the front of the boat!
What crazy and scary things did you see out on the water this weekend?
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Old 03-11-2015, 19:19   #2
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Re: What Scary Nautical Stories do you have from this Halloween weekend?

Just a Caterpillar 3208 oil cooler that wouldn't go away. 5 broken bolts, cracked housing, obsolete parts.

An October nightmare.

Looking for another pretty place to work on the boat.
Working on spending my children's inheritance.
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Old 03-11-2015, 20:11   #3
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Re: What Scary Nautical Stories do you have from this Halloween weekend?

This isn't a sea story and it happened several years ago, but still dang scary!

We were at Lake Powell and .....let me start over

It was a stormy evening with winds gusting to 60 miles per hour, we were on Lake Powell motoring up the main channel. The winds were causing the lake to blow in 6 foot high swells and waves. The fair minded folk were off the main channel, hiding up the many small canyons where the wind was mild and the water calmer. It was nearly dark and we were on our approach to our anchorage. As we knew what we were about and quite snug in our Catalina 22 with a heavy swing keel, we were not concerned.

But as we were crossing the channel we spotted a very small motor boat laden down with 8 or more people, including children, and loads of camping gear. There were people stuffed in the cockpit, more with their legs hanging over the stern, and several more folk on the bow. The boat was riding so low in the water that there might have only been 6 or 8 inches from rail to wet. One of kids on the bow was holding a camp lantern out as though to guide the way. I don't know where they were going. It occurred to me that the lake was offering up a warning specter to all who dared to venture forth....
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