Originally Posted by ramblinrod
We have repaired or towed a boat in distress
almost every year of the last 20. Almost all could have been easily avoided.
Just this last weekend I was sitting on a boat, the only one of five in the fleet to complete the race
, when sailors on another dock
started hollering for me to get my inflatable
and come help a sailboat in distress
. I did, but then I asked them "why the #*@& does everybody call me when we have USCG, CGA, county sheriff and TowBoatUS on this Bay??!!" The answer, rhetorically, was because they knew I'd get there faster and get it done right. Anyway, helping other boaters comes without questioning whether they "deserve it" or not- we just do it.
BTW, said boat I was on weighs probably 20k lbs, and it has no depth sounder
, nor anchor
, nor radar
. Admittedly, it's not designed to, but we have sailed through precarious waters and crossed the lake on these kinds of boats.
I've grounded on Galloo entering Gill Harbor and the weather
wasn't nice and the bottom wasn't either. Luckily got off by gunning in reverse when waves lifted the hull
. But this area is no more dangerous than the Thousand Islands. If you know Featherbed Shoal, you can go inside. If you know the cuts you can get past Rabbit Island.
I've run the rapids in Oswego in an inflatable
, and in the "big boat" cut between Newark and Eagle Island in Sodus. I'm chicken to cut inside Ford Shoal, though everyone else I know does it. And there is a bus-sized rock off the east pier of Sodus that 99.99% of sailboats miss- I know, I've seen it and fished it on a perfect day.
If Ungvar wants to go to Timber, let him. Give him sound advice to consider for safety's sake. Suggest recovery and /or rescue
planning. Then let him go. I for one am looking forward to his report- and bring a damned camera!