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Old 10-02-2014, 08:13   #46
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Attempt to try almost 99% of the advice given on this forum lol
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Old 10-02-2014, 08:53   #47
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Dropping the anchor without verifying the bitter end is tied to the boat.

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Old 10-02-2014, 09:31   #48
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Dropping the anchor without verifying the bitter end is tied to the boat.

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That happened to my brother, he had very pretty polished 316 SS anchor mounted on the bow as a piece eye candy. Of course it was so pretty it was not to be used, the anchor that you used was in the anchor locker. So when his buddy was told to drop anchor, which one do you think went overboard?
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Old 10-02-2014, 09:57   #49
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Just because you're in the Navy, doesn't mean it won't happen.

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My worst "d'OH!" moment was up the coast, single-handing a Venture 22 up to Desolation Sound (never made it ). I wanted to get into a large lagoon called "Hidden Basin", whose entrance was VERY narrow and shallow. I waited outside for a day and a half, studying the charts and tide tables until I figured I could get in.

I did three things wrong:
1. I left my keel bolted down. She had a swing keel, but I liked keeping it down for extra stability and to give me practice sailing a keelboat.
2. I CALCULATED tidal current, rather than using my senses and OBSERVING it, and
3. I believed the charts.

Turned out tide was about 8 knots with me when I went through, and BANG! BANG! depth was obviously less than 5 feet. The charts said "dries at 2 ft" but locals told me I had 4 ft of water with a 10-ft tide (ie dries at 6 ft). They also told me I should have anchored just outside the channel and waited for the anchor-line to go slack.

I managed to get the keel cranked up so I could get out (did the anchor-line trick this time!) and get back to Vancouver in a leaky boat. I had some epoxy sealer that helped stop the leak, but not completely.

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This takes some beating... going around and around a small island while thinking you were following the coastline...

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Old 10-02-2014, 17:25   #52
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When I start work at a factory, the first thing they teach me is where the pinch-points are, so I won't lose an arm. No one really tells you where the boat's most dangerous things to be aware of are.

The boom, propane, lee shores, jettys...
Lots of very dangerous possibilities & it's better to know ahead of time.
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Re: Worst, Most Common Boating Mistakes Caused from Ignorance

Over propping and wondering why your engine overheats.
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When I start work at a factory, the first thing they teach me is where the pinch-points are, so I won't lose an arm. No one really tells you where the boat's most dangerous things to be aware of are.

The boom, propane, lee shores, jettys...
Lots of very dangerous possibilities & it's better to know ahead of time.
Good point. On bigger boats, I guess the equivalent to a pinch-point is the area inside the V of a line going to and returning from a turning block.

The turning block will see around twice the load the winch sees. Inside the V is a good place not to be if the block fails.

Also "Death Alley", the zone within which the mainsheet (and traveller car, if fitted) can catch an unawares person and throw them against an unyielding object, or over the side, in an inadvertent gybe. Or "just" whiplash them.
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