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Old 07-11-2010, 17:58   #46
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Gotta personal rule on my boat...everything comes out of my pockets and goes on the nav table as soon as I am aboard...lessons learned from long ago...
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Old 07-11-2010, 18:40   #47
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cell phone dropped off belt clip into water
round grill off the Magma BBQ.
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Yea, that's the one. Squirrelly buggers aren't they?

This boat has square ones. I hope that helps.
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Old 07-11-2010, 18:41   #48
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Yep!

Exactly the same phenomenon has cost me countless mobile phones .. .
Same mechanism, different result. I dropped my cell out of a "protected" pocket inside my rain jacket while checking the bilge. It didn't go into the bilge, where I could get it, though. It hit a stringer & dropped between that & the nearly full 30 imperial gallon diesel tank. After an hour messing around, I gave up. A friend retrieved it with coathangers.

I've since stitched a velcro closure onto the pocket!
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Old 07-11-2010, 18:44   #49
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Gotta personal rule on my boat...everything comes out of my pockets and goes on the nav table as soon as I am aboard...lessons learned from long ago...

I try to remember to put the phone in a pants pocket before attemting to board. We will see how that works out..........

Everything except the knife right?
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Old 07-11-2010, 18:47   #50
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My latest offering to the sea gods was a brand new 1 ton hydraulic jack. The base caught on the lifelines as I was carrying it and a bunch of other stuff off the boat for winter. Kerplunk. Bottom is soft silt, never even left a ripple in the muck.

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Old 07-11-2010, 22:08   #51
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Hand-held radio water proof (NON-floating).

Was clipped the the captains life jacket when we were landing through the surf and the individual who was assigned to bailout with the painter to pull the boat ashore didn't and the captain and I had to bail out the sides and aft. It caught on the grab line and tried to head to china. It was recoverd at the cost of getting soaked.
If at all possible make sure your expensive equipment (gps, radio, plb, etc.) FLOATS.
It is hard enough to find your GPS floating in the middle of the ocean, but almost impossible to find it on the bottom.
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Navigating in the nowegian fjords we have lost a MAP-BOOK from all the norwegian costline overboard. Not so nice in between the rocks around, but fortunatey we still had our handheld GPS.
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Old 08-11-2010, 05:37   #54
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About 6 months into our cruise I put together a list of everything we had lost overboard up to that point:

Gaff - Storm off Bermuda - $120
Man Over Board Pole - Storm off Bermuda - $150
Beach Towel - Bermuda - $15
2 of 4 grill grates - Anguilla - $40
Suction cup with handle for bottom cleaning - Anguilla - $18
Button down shirt - St. Martin - $40
Double handled winch handle - Grenadines - Priceless (I can't manage our main or genny without it)
Sunglasses - Grenadines - $250
Hat - Grenadines - $15
Chart Kit - Grenadines - $80
Needle nose pliers - Los Aves - $20
Filet knife - Between Las Aves and Bonaire - $20
3 of 4 grill grates - Panama - $10 plus labor
Tap and tap holder - Panama - $12 (had to buy a whole new set to get the right size)

After that little exercise I stopped keeping a list. The dollar amounts were too depressing to think about.

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Old 08-11-2010, 05:38   #55
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2 speed halyard winch and handle,whilst salvaging a holed yacht in the mangroves in mayotte during a cyclone.

lesson learned,dont cut a line under intense strain.
result;corroded mast plate rivets sheared ,catapulting winch and handle 30ft in the air and over the side,narrowly missing my head!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:28   #56
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Lid to a nalgene I was trying to fill.

Also, a 14 inch house fan I was using to keep cool at the dock. Put it near the side of the boat so I could grab it when I got off. boat rocked. Ker-splash! However, I was fast enough to be able to grab the cord and pull it back up. Hosed off w/ fresh water and still works great!!
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There was the time anchored at Watch Hill Rhode Island. The nut on my Magma charcoal grill was not tight enough and four pieces of my rum flavored chicken slipped into the deep. The crabs and fish ate good that night!
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I lost a good girlfriend over the side once way back when I was teaching sailing. I offered her a free vacation in the Virgin Islands, paid for my the 4 students I was taking there so they could get their bareboat charter certification.
- - When it got down to the Man-overboard testing, she was sitting on the deck edge and I had the bright idea that using her instead of the proverbial seat cushion would be more realistic training. She said okay, and as I was having one student trim the sails, I shoved her over the side. Boy, it really made a difference in the students performance. He executed the maneuver with skill and enthusiasm as he helped lift her tiny bikini body back on board. Later in the process with another student I repeated the process of chucking her over the side. Everything went fine, but I noticed less of a smile. The third and fourth time, the smile was gone but a deal was a deal. Funny thing though, I never heard from her again after we returned home.
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I managed to dump an entire socket set from the deck but, fortunately, I had wisely positioned the set above the chain locker. Unfortunately, there were limber holes in the locker and five of the sockets slipped through. As we were only in about seven feet at the dock I was able to retrieve all five from the deep disgusting goo with my trusty 50 lb magnet.
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I hate to sugest some folks here are idiots...... but

really!

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rum flavored chicken slipped into the deep
14 inch house fan
Suction cup with handle for bottom cleaning (???!)
Button down shirt
Double handled winch handle
winch and handle
couple hundred dollars in tools went into the ooze
Sundry phones, BBQ's and sunglasses
1 ton hydraulic jack


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a good girlfriend over the side once
You're a pack of crack-pots and I'm not sailing with any of you! Or if I do it will be 200 meters behind you
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