Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 13-06-2016, 02:48   #16
Moderator
 
JPA Cate's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: aboard, cruising in Australia
Boat: Sayer 46' Solent rig sloop
Posts: 10,682
Re: Dumb Mistakes

Dumb mistake?

Well, of course.

King tide. Boat aground on a coral head. Jim wanted me to hoist the mainsail so we could heel the boat to reduce it's draft. What I actually did, was put the snap shackle on the head of the sail, and yank like hell. Had I secured the snap shackle, well, no.

Now halyard's halfway to the top of the mast, and I'm crawling out on the boom.


Sigh.


Ann
__________________

__________________
Ann, with Jim, aboard US s/v Insatiable II, in Oz, very long term cruisers
JPA Cate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-06-2016, 04:41   #17
Registered User
 
Snowpetrel's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Hobart
Boat: Alloy Peterson 40
Posts: 3,071
Re: Dumb Mistakes

Ha, ever put half a jerrycan of diesel down the water tank mid ocean? Dumb idea putting water and fuel fillers next to each other...

Sent from my SM-G930F using Cruisers Sailing Forum mobile app
__________________

__________________
My Ramblings
Snowpetrel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-06-2016, 05:52   #18
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Elmvale, Ontario
Boat: Ontario32
Posts: 160
Re: Dumb Mistakes

We have a three way switch on our bilge pump switch assembly and here it comes...I left the switch in the auto position AFTER we lifted out for the winter, When I returned in the spring here is what I discovered. The bilge pump tried to move out ice during the winter and burned out and blew the fuse at the same time. Thanks fuse, as we could have lost the boat to a fire. I felt pretty non mensa after that. Winter in Ontario makes hard water.
__________________
Crew of Turning is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-06-2016, 06:19   #19
Registered User
 
Rustic Charm's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Tasmania, Australia
Boat: Bieroc 36 foot Ketch
Posts: 4,898
Re: Dumb Mistakes

I put my underpants on backwards in the dark one morning last week. Didn't want to wake my wife by turning the light on. 😳 Very uncomfortable. When I went into the bathroom to swap them around i realised I was wearing my wife's 😟
__________________
Rustic Charm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-06-2016, 06:21   #20
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Fiji Airways/ Lake Ontario
Boat: Want a B430!
Posts: 901
Images: 2
Re: Dumb Mistakes

Installed the new chart plotter yesterday.

This required disassembly of part of the binnacle and feeding the comm cable down through the sole.

Upon re-assembly of the binnacle, I used Life Caulk to ensure water could not follow the cable into the binnacle or through the sole. Completed assembly.

Cable too short on the device end. I was sure I'd left enough. I did not.

Quickly disassembled everything again. Life Caulk had set up quickly, so cable would only budge a few inches even pulling with pliers.

Gave up for the day.
__________________
Tetepare is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-06-2016, 06:28   #21
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Belgium
Boat: Trintella 1 & 28ft
Posts: 73
Re: Dumb Mistakes

Quote:
Originally Posted by Calif.Ted View Post
I replaced the bilge pump float switch on a new to me boat before discovering that there was a three way switch for the pump on the panel with an "OFF" position, who would want to turn the bilge pump off ?
I wired my bilge pump like this. 2 reasons:
I have a very deep bilge. Thus I mounted the bilgepump and floater on a piece of stainless with a long handle going straight up.
1) Thus for cleaning and checking I turn the pump off and pull the whole assembly up using the long handle.
2) I also turn my bilge pump off when doing engine maintenance. I could leak some oil and prefer not pumping that over the side.

More important, I also put a loud alarm on my bilgepump so that I and any boat next to me in the marina knows the bilgepump is running.
Better to get a call from a neighbour or the harbour master about an alarm going off then coming back to a sunken boat.
__________________
ccgarnaal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-06-2016, 06:41   #22
Registered User

Join Date: May 2011
Location: Toronto
Boat: Sandpiper 565
Posts: 2,943
Re: Dumb Mistakes

Getting to the age where we do too much by rote and don't always pay attention.

Anyways i made a grandaddy of a dumb mistake a few years ago. Went to my usual banking machine, took out my usual weekly amount, and left it there sticking out of the machine. Didn't clue in until I went to buy something later. of course gone by the time I checked the machine again... I sure made somebody's day.

After that whopper... just about any other of my mistakes fade to insignificance. I've also had colossal good luck for some reason; perhaps my cash donation found favour with the gods. Lost my glasses off the boat (or windsurfing) three times in the last 10 years, and found them again by skin-diving. Lost my cell-phone, and someone turned it in. Left my wallet on my bicycle seat when I went into a store... and it was still there when I came back.

Ok, one boating mistake - last year while crewing for a race, I raised the spinnaker halyard and then winched it (I'm a spinnaker n00b), which of course jammed it into the block. Someone had to go aloft, on a bumpy, windy day, to rectify that.
__________________
Lake-Effect is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-06-2016, 06:50   #23
Registered User
 
Rustic Charm's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Tasmania, Australia
Boat: Bieroc 36 foot Ketch
Posts: 4,898
Re: Dumb Mistakes

oh, 😳 Is it meant to have boat stuff in it

Now I really feel dumb
__________________
Rustic Charm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-06-2016, 07:38   #24
Don't ask if you can't handle it
 
sailorboy1's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: On the boat somewhere
Boat: Hunter 410
Posts: 12,312
Re: Dumb Mistakes

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rustic Charm View Post
oh, 😳 Is it meant to have boat stuff in it

Now I really feel dumb
I bet a lacy bra would make you feel better.
__________________
jobless, houseless, clueless, living on a boat and cruising around somewhere
sailorboy1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-06-2016, 07:57   #25
Registered User
 
ontherocks83's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Massachusetts
Boat: Checkmate Strobe 201
Posts: 1,593
Re: Dumb Mistakes

So this happened when I was 12 but pretty dumb none the less.

After saililng all day we pulled into dock around 4pm to re-supply and get ready for dinner. My dad goes to take a nap on the settee in the main salon while my mom and sister go to the market. I decide to take the initiative and fill the water tanks. I first shut off all the switches on the panel including the "Master" switch. (hey my dad told me to turn everything off, so I did)

I then climb up on the foredeck, open the water fill and start filling, and filling, and filling.........................and filling.I had assumed that like a gas tank the water would flow back up the fill pipe and I would know when it was full. I didn't realize that the vent overflows ontop of the tank and into the bilge.

Fast forward 45 minutes and I take a peek through one of the hatches and see a wave of water travel across the salon as the boat rocked. I throw the hose go running down below wake up my dad (not so gently) and he sits up and spins around immediately putting his legs in knee deep water.

Luckily our slip was very shallow and we only sunk until the keel rested on the bottom, even luckier was I noticed the water when it was only a few inches below the air intake before it entered the engine.

That was 20 years ago and I still hear about it to this day
__________________
-Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum
-Molon Labe
ontherocks83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-06-2016, 08:23   #26
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 994
Re: Dumb Mistakes

Even if it was not a boating mistake trying to break into an unlocked car makes me fill better...thanks.

Runabout boats - twice, being excited to be on the water and with guest to throw me off my game, I forgot to put the drain plug in the boat. Once I dropped a screw driver into the water. Once I put my cell phone to close to the edge and plop into the water it eventually went...and gone. Once in a storm I tried to put a piece of canvas on wrong. I was soaked and cold by the time I figured it out...took about 3 to 5 minutes in a downpour. One time I let the boat drift outside the channel markers and of couse hit hard bottom trying to get back inside the markers. Oh oh...one time in the wind I was wearing a staw hat. Lauched the boat at a busy boat ramp. The boat blows away from the dock. I am in the boat so I reach a dock cleat...splash, over the side I went...only a straw hat floating on the water for a short while. Had to swim as fast as I could to catch and climb back on the boat...did I mention it was a busy boat launch?



Sent from my SM-G360V using Cruisers Sailing Forum mobile app
__________________
tuffr2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-06-2016, 08:25   #27
Marine Service Provider

Join Date: May 2012
Location: New Orleans
Boat: We have a problem... A serious addiction issue.
Posts: 3,940
Re: Dumb Mistakes

I refuse to talk about this because some of the stuff I have pulled was really, really dumb...

I once spent all day trying to figure out why our outboard wouldn't fire... This was just a few days after getting it back from the shop and I was getting pissed. Water flow was fine, carb was clean, gas was full, put in new plugs, checked the timing, everything I could think of, but nothing worked.

I was seriously considering throwing it away and buying a new one when my now wife demanded it go back to those crooks who hadn't fixed it the last ^#% time...

Apparently I never attached the safety lanyard, so of course it wouldn't start...
__________________
Greg

- If animals weren't meant to be eaten then they wouldn't be made of food.
Stumble is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-06-2016, 14:27   #28
Senior Cruiser
 
senormechanico's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2003
Boat: Dragonfly 1000 trimaran
Posts: 5,827
Re: Dumb Mistakes

When I was ten years old, my grandfather took my dad and his two brothers and me out fishing for salmon in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
When we returned to the dock in Sekeiu, my grandfather asked me to take all the flashers and lures up the dock to rinse off the saltwater.
I didn't see any place to do that, but there was a big rusty looking 55 gallon steel drum full of water so even though the water looked grungy, it had to be the place right?
I dipped all the gear into the drum, but I accidentally let go and all the gear went to the bottom of the barrel.
ONLY THEN did I notice the fresh water spigot which had magically appeared right next to the barrel and a small sign which said to use the barrel for rinsing out outboard motors !

I had to tell grandpa where all his gear was, and they had to dump out the barrel to retrieve it. The marina was not happy about all the greasy, oily water running out on the dirt path. At least that happened in 1955 so the EPA hadn't yet been invented!
__________________
Memento,homo, quia pulvis es, et in pulverem reverteris.
senormechanico is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-06-2016, 15:13   #29
Registered User
 
Sea Dreaming's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Whoo! Finally made it back to Mexico!
Boat: Cheoy Lee Offshore 38
Posts: 1,450
Re: Dumb Mistakes

Quote:
Originally Posted by ontherocks83 View Post
So this happened when I was 12 but pretty dumb none the less.

After saililng all day we pulled into dock around 4pm to re-supply and get ready for dinner. My dad goes to take a nap on the settee in the main salon while my mom and sister go to the market. I decide to take the initiative and fill the water tanks. I first shut off all the switches on the panel including the "Master" switch. (hey my dad told me to turn everything off, so I did)

I then climb up on the foredeck, open the water fill and start filling, and filling, and filling.........................and filling.I had assumed that like a gas tank the water would flow back up the fill pipe and I would know when it was full. I didn't realize that the vent overflows ontop of the tank and into the bilge.

Fast forward 45 minutes and I take a peek through one of the hatches and see a wave of water travel across the salon as the boat rocked. I throw the hose go running down below wake up my dad (not so gently) and he sits up and spins around immediately putting his legs in knee deep water.

Luckily our slip was very shallow and we only sunk until the keel rested on the bottom, even luckier was I noticed the water when it was only a few inches below the air intake before it entered the engine.

That was 20 years ago and I still hear about it to this day
I had a good laugh over this one!
__________________
Sea Dreaming is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-06-2016, 15:16   #30
Registered User

Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: colorado, westerly r.i.
Boat: 85 dickerson 37 ketch
Posts: 43
Re: Dumb Mistakes

I just want to make the right mistake!
__________________

__________________
andyft is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
mistakes

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
are "dumb" questions dumb, or ... sailorboy1 Our Community 27 20-11-2013 07:53
A Newbie Seeks Advice to Avoid Costly Mistakes Lasivian Liveaboard's Forum 15 14-05-2010 08:11
Anchoring mistakes slomotion The Sailor's Confessional 2 04-12-2007 18:54
10 Dumb Mistakes GordMay The Sailor's Confessional 1 08-06-2005 15:33
About mistakes in building GrayGoose Construction, Maintenance & Refit 0 28-03-2005 06:39



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 23:29.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.