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Old 02-10-2014, 04:30   #1
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First 6 Weeks Of Marina Life

It has been a lot of fun and hard work getting things ready to move the boat over to my new location. It is the busy season for realtors and my available time has been pretty limited. My boat is finally settled in at the new marina with a big thanks to Cap'n Tom from Virginia Beach. He helped me with the move and taught me quite a lot during the 6 hour transit. We had to do the usual dodging of the container ships on the way out. The people I have met have been awesome. I have met a couple "snobs" but they are the exception. Just hanging out at the marina is fun, and some times pretty entertaining.

Things I have seen:

1. Saw a boat (Sea Ray) sink right across from my slip.

2. A lady walk off the pier while texting. Didn't see it happen, but I helped her back onto the pier.

3. Saw a guy with a 25' sailboat trying to tack out of the marina pretty close to mine with his wife screaming and paddling like crazy trying to keep him from hitting everything on the way out. His outboard looked brand new but he wasn't using it......... might have been broke?

4. Had a seagull crash into my cockpit right next me while I was sitting there eating lunch one afternoon. I thought it was dead, so I put it into a cardboard box. Five minutes later it was thrashing about. I brought it back topside and he flew off.

5. Yesterday, I saw a guy with a sweet looking boat get underway with his shore power still plugged into the pedestal. I saw the yellow line from his stern to the pier come into view and go dead straight.....POP! I thought he was going to tear out the pedestal until the cable let go. He was screaming at the lady on board all the way out to the channel. I felt bad for her.

6. Watched a guy climb his mast. It took him a while to get up there. He forgot his light bulb.

7. Small parties going on all over the place on weekends.

I wish I had started this sailing thing 20 years ago.
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Old 02-10-2014, 07:06   #2
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That's some good stuff Old Snipe (from an entertainment standpoint)!! Sounds like you are really going to enjoy yourself there.
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Fun stuff ain't it !

Of course there's bad too... but the scale is heavily weighted to the grinning side.... Elated you are having a blast man.... You deserve it...
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Re: First 6 Weeks Of Marina Life

Life aboard is definitely more interesting and entertaining!
The goal of course it to be the observer and NOT the character in the Drama...but know this....live aboard long enough and it will one day be your turn...so laugh at yourself and enjoy.
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And the best part of all is that, when you've seen enough, you can just untie your lines and go somewhere else!
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Yes some funny stuff but always sad to see a boat standing on the bottom, even if it is powered!!
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Sounds entertaining. I must admit, I've been the guy with the shore power on more than one occasion
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Man, I've been living aboard for the past few months now and I haven't seen anything nearly as good as any of those!


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in my experience, a "pier" is a dock held up with pillings, they tie battleships to! most [99.9%] marinas have what is called "floats" that we tie our money pits to...that`s because they "float", hence the name...most people use the term "docks" for floats...bit of old salty info...c
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It has been a lot of fun and hard work getting things ready to move the boat over to my new location. It is the busy season for realtors and my available time has been pretty limited. My boat is finally settled in at the new marina with a big thanks to Cap'n Tom from Virginia Beach. He helped me with the move and taught me quite a lot during the 6 hour transit. We had to do the usual dodging of the container ships on the way out. The people I have met have been awesome. I have met a couple "snobs" but they are the exception. Just hanging out at the marina is fun, and some times pretty entertaining.

Things I have seen:

1. Saw a boat (Sea Ray) sink right across from my slip.

2. A lady walk off the pier while texting. Didn't see it happen, but I helped her back onto the pier.

3. Saw a guy with a 25' sailboat trying to tack out of the marina pretty close to mine with his wife screaming and paddling like crazy trying to keep him from hitting everything on the way out. His outboard looked brand new but he wasn't using it......... might have been broke?

4. Had a seagull crash into my cockpit right next me while I was sitting there eating lunch one afternoon. I thought it was dead, so I put it into a cardboard box. Five minutes later it was thrashing about. I brought it back topside and he flew off.

5. Yesterday, I saw a guy with a sweet looking boat get underway with his shore power still plugged into the pedestal. I saw the yellow line from his stern to the pier come into view and go dead straight.....POP! I thought he was going to tear out the pedestal until the cable let go. He was screaming at the lady on board all the way out to the channel. I felt bad for her.

6. Watched a guy climb his mast. It took him a while to get up there. He forgot his light bulb.

7. Small parties going on all over the place on weekends.

I wish I had started this sailing thing 20 years ago.
Isn't life GRAND! I wish I had started 50yrs ago! But what a way to go. Thanks for the share.
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It has been a lot of fun and hard work getting things ready to move the boat over to my new location. It is the busy season for realtors and my available time has been pretty limited. My boat is finally settled in at the new marina with a big thanks to Cap'n Tom from Virginia Beach. He helped me with the move and taught me quite a lot during the 6 hour transit. We had to do the usual dodging of the container ships on the way out. The people I have met have been awesome. I have met a couple "snobs" but they are the exception. Just hanging out at the marina is fun, and some times pretty entertaining.

Things I have seen:

1. Saw a boat (Sea Ray) sink right across from my slip.

2. A lady walk off the pier while texting. Didn't see it happen, but I helped her back onto the pier.

3. Saw a guy with a 25' sailboat trying to tack out of the marina pretty close to mine with his wife screaming and paddling like crazy trying to keep him from hitting everything on the way out. His outboard looked brand new but he wasn't using it......... might have been broke?

4. Had a seagull crash into my cockpit right next me while I was sitting there eating lunch one afternoon. I thought it was dead, so I put it into a cardboard box. Five minutes later it was thrashing about. I brought it back topside and he flew off.

5. Yesterday, I saw a guy with a sweet looking boat get underway with his shore power still plugged into the pedestal. I saw the yellow line from his stern to the pier come into view and go dead straight.....POP! I thought he was going to tear out the pedestal until the cable let go. He was screaming at the lady on board all the way out to the channel. I felt bad for her.

6. Watched a guy climb his mast. It took him a while to get up there. He forgot his light bulb.

7. Small parties going on all over the place on weekends.

I wish I had started this sailing thing 20 years ago.
Thanks, that was hilarious. You will never meet nicer people than on the water.
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Thanks for sharing the laughter. Just know that we all take our turns providing the entertainment. One of the best thing about the sailing life is it makes you laugh at yourself.


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yep, being at the marina is great people watching for sure. Part of the fun of living aboard.
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Yes some funny stuff but always sad to see a boat standing on the bottom, even if it is powered!!
Very true Nichlolson..... that part was sad.
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