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....