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Old 15-10-2015, 20:56   #76
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Re: I'm Suffering My Most Common Boating Injury Again

astride the gurdrail wires getting off te boat in the dock anf foot rolled on the jib sheet, I had hold of the top wire for balance but as I fell it was pulled towards the top stanchion eye nd my finger pinched into the hole, by this time I was trying to ride the wires rodeo style but it was not yeeeehah I was shouting but a lot bluer than I can normally get away with without complaints from the boss. Not sure about visiting pretty nurses with such bruises so I put up with the pain and squeaky voice.

The real PITA was standing on a 'closed' deck hatch that wasn't, went through to my armpits and came up with a jolt as they hit and jammed on the hatch frame sides, my legs were left swinging like a pendulum.

When we lived on a trawler it had engine access via a lift up hatch in the main cabin floor. You would think it was a very obvious 'hole' but that would be only if you were watching and not carrying a heavy toolbox, the toolbox at least fell on the cabin floor not down the black hole...

A clubmate way back in the UK was refastening and sealing the pulpit on his boat n it's swinging mooring and took a 'smoke break'. Sitting on a pulpit no longer bolted to the deck he did a quick backward roll over the bow into the water, it was in Januarywith near freezing temperatures. Insult to his injury was paying a diver to recover the pulpit. I told him that smoking was bad for him, but he didn't see the funny side of it at all.
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Old 16-10-2015, 21:49   #77
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Re: I'm Suffering My Most Common Boating Injury Again

Reading through this thread and laughing at most. Most all of these are so SOP. I believe most sailors can claim 90% of the responses, even the 'I drank too much' ones. Great thread. My shins feel better already.
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Old 17-10-2015, 01:44   #78
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Entered a darked-out boat on a bright sunny day; someone had left an interior hatch open; shattered my heel bone, a serious and painful injury that required surgery, some permanent hardware and a long rehabilitation to far below 100%.
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Old 17-10-2015, 03:57   #79
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Tell me a story that might make me feel better about my finger!
It was a dark and stormy night in Old Mexico. The lassie and I were making for Zihuatanejo but Mother Nature had her own plans. Nary a star to steer by. Winds were kicking up to the mid forties; seas were, well, being unkind - covering the fore deck with green water. We were drenched, being bounced 'round the boat like that steel ball in a pinball machine, and out of cigs.

But be that as it may....

What I want to know is this: WHERE is it written that every time - and I mean EVERY #@&$*%# time - that I attempt ANY repairs/work/use-tools/change the flippin' oil in the motor that I'm somehow required to bleed? Just give me the darn reference.... OK? Like a ColRegs number or something.

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Old 17-10-2015, 06:12   #80
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Vampire boat? But, if that was the case I have one as well.
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Old 17-10-2015, 16:23   #81
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svmariane,

It's a natural law: engines require blood of you for allowing you to work on them. Sometimes this applies to changing tires in the rain at night, as well. Don't ask.

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Old 17-10-2015, 19:26   #82
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I think another common boating injury I have is stupidly cold hands. I tied up for the night 6 hours ago and my hands still hurt.

Today I was motoring because I didn't want to deal with sails in the cold. I took off my right gloveClick image for larger version

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The attached pic gives an idea of wind strength at the time my glove blew over board. I had bare poles when I took this pic, fairly substantial heel for bare poles in a river. And it was snowing on and off. She's a 24000 lb full keel boat too, so not exactly a lightweight.

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FV, I just came to this thread after responding to your comment in the Best Momories thread!

You should have put bear ears on your hands, mate!

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Good, I'm glad I provided some mirth!

My solution didn't involve bear ears, but maybe it should have.

Instead I stuck my hand down my pants and used Auto as much as reasonably possible. I was actually on auto when this guy passed me in the Brockville Narrows. This time I had rocky shores about 20' to port, pretty close quarters for my old ComNav.



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Instead I stuck my hand down my pants
Good gawd, FV, if I did that I wouldn't be able to pee for at least a week!

Desperate measures, man!

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I know right? When I was with the CCG I spent a decent amount of time in the Davis Straight.

We had a recurrent problem with ice jamming up in our rudder post gland. The only way to clear it was to put men (me and a couple other guys) over the side in a Bosuns chair or in a small boat with a high pressure steam hose.

My hands got so cold I would have stuck them just about any where. Down your pants is the easiest option, armpits meant undoing your coat- not a chance in heck.

You don't really need your ding a ling when your in the Davis straights with 29 other men any way?

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After 27 years as a stone mason I rarely notice injuries.
BUT about a month ago I was folding up a step ladder, pinched the end of my left hand index finger in the brace, The end of the brace punched a hole through the middle of the fingernail and into the flesh under the nail, still hurts if I hit it the wrong way.
Then there was the meeting between my leg and a boat propeller tubing one day.....
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Then there was the meeting between my leg and a boat propeller tubing one day.....
CRINGE.... At first read I took it as "meeting between my legs and a boat propeller.... "

Time for the second cup of morning coffee.......
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Don't ever wear a hat with a bill, i.e. ball cap...you'll wack your head on something for sure. BUT! I'm buying a set of climbing clutches soooo...who knows what may happen next':-)
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I've had nothing more than a few crinkled toes and such; seems like nothing compared to my friend's fall: while visiting on his friend's houseboat he stepped in out of the bright sunlight not realizing a floor hatch was open, and plunged straight down below where he was impaled on some pipes and remained stuck for hours until his friend came home from work.
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