Ok, if this ever gets out that it happened to me I am going to deny it...
I was learning
to solo my Catalina
27, the first keel
boat I had ever owned. I would bring it into dock, fenders and lines ready, switch the little outboard
to reverse idle to slow it down and then jump off and tie off. (you can already see the problems with this). One fair day, while the marina public is out and watching, I bring my boat in after a wonderful solo day sail. The only problem is, I am really tired. So I glide into the slip, put my outboard
on idle-reverse, and step off into the water
. Newly awakened, I sputter onto the dock only to note that the boat is no longer there. The reverse has reversed the boat and it is now going off to sea.
I run down the edge of the dock, jump heroically onto the bow, to find that I am too weak to pull myself up. Hmm, still going out to sea. I hand over hand myself around the boat to the stern, where I use the still running outboard to climb up into the cockpit
. Turn the outboard to neutral and collapse on deck
. Lucky I didn't have a loose shoelace while climbing the jettering ancient outboard!
By now I am generating quite a crowd on shore... I slowly put the outboard on forward.
Someone was at the dock next time I went in, with a towel and some encouragement...