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Old 05-08-2010, 13:31   #16
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I was on my ex-father inlaws Morgan I/O and we was turning into the channel to the marina in baytown(before IKE) and we heard this go fast coming from behind us and he must have thought he could cut across the channel and go across the mud flats. Well we soon watch him rip his whole transom out and next thing he was a U-boat. Prolly took less than 3 mins. Well the coasties showed up and then we seen the cops waiting for him on the dock.Drinking and go fast boats never mix or boating for that matter. Luckily no one was hurt.One of the girls got bucked out of the boat but no injuries. Hmm those day boards are there for a reason I said as he walked by with his new jewelry on..the cop just laughed.
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Old 05-08-2010, 13:46   #17
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Makes one reconsider what they have onboard as far as bilge pumps go! On my previous vessels i always kept the overboard barrel in the cockpit lashed under the tiller with clam cleats. One pull on either end of the line and it was loose and able to be lifted by it's strap into the water. 5 gallon top opening barrels are cheap, and give lots of flotation once in the water. The strap makes it easy to slip your arms under and bear hug it with no strength. I never used overboard 'bags' because they do not provide any additional flotation once you are in the water. I only practiced with the barrels and never had an occasion, thankfully, to use one on any of my vessels.

You know, thats a terrific idea!
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Old 05-08-2010, 13:48   #18
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Good thing you didn't have an aft cabin!!
One of the criteria we have for our new boat is a nice FORWARD cabin for us to use in port. We'd use sea berths or an aft cabin cruising but not on the hook - I'd rather hear the anchor, move less, and not be in the stern (call me scared).
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Old 05-08-2010, 14:10   #19
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One of the criteria we have for our new boat is a nice FORWARD cabin for us to use in port. We'd use sea berths or an aft cabin cruising but not on the hook - I'd rather hear the anchor, move less, and not be in the stern (call me scared).
I know how you feel. I got hit end on by a 46 foot Irwin while I was anchored. And in broad daylight, about 8 in the morning. The idiot was looking at a laptop in the corner of his cockpit instead of looking ahead. Following some track on the laptop! Maybe he thought it was radar. My boat was brand spanking new at the time. Just a few months out of the builder's yard. No matter how careful you are out there some idiot will make you realize that you're never really safe!
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Old 27-09-2010, 11:35   #20
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One of the criteria we have for our new boat is a nice FORWARD cabin for us to use in port. We'd use sea berths or an aft cabin cruising but not on the hook - I'd rather hear the anchor, move less, and not be in the stern (call me scared).
I don't understand - why would another boat be more likely to hit the stern than any other part of the boat?
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Old 27-09-2010, 20:10   #21
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I don't understand - why would another boat be more likely to hit the stern than any other part of the boat?

Once hit, twice shy. It may not make any sense but it's the way we float.

Also, I like to hear the chain when we're on hook.
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Old 27-09-2010, 21:05   #22
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I know how you feel. I got hit end on by a 46 foot Irwin while I was anchored. And in broad daylight, about 8 in the morning. The idiot was looking at a laptop in the corner of his cockpit instead of looking ahead. Following some track on the laptop! Maybe he thought it was radar. My boat was brand spanking new at the time. Just a few months out of the builder's yard. No matter how careful you are out there some idiot will make you realize that you're never really safe!
This is a great example of why there should be an increased emphasis on proper navigation and seamanship and less on gadgets and steering with an ipad.
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This is a great example of why there should be an increased emphasis on proper navigation and seamanship and less on gadgets and steering with an ipad.
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