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Old 15-04-2014, 22:20   #61
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Re: Dumb Questions Or Comments Aboard Yachts

007:

As seen sailing (and flipping)... here.

That made me wish I still had a Prindle 16.

Fun times!
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Old 16-04-2014, 06:07   #62
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007:

As seen sailing (and flipping)... here.

That made me wish I still had a Prindle 16.

Fun times!
Prindle 18 was in my stable for a few years.... Wowza fun...
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Re: Dumb Questions Or Comments Aboard Yachts

While Ski Instructing in Breckenridge, CO a student asked "At what altitude do the deer turn into elk?"
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Re: Dumb Questions Or Comments Aboard Yachts

Was departing Thunder Bay, ON aboard CCG Icebreaker/buoytender. Giving newbie galley steward walk around the ship. Ship sailed at 08:00 on 4 week construction project.

Me: This is the bridge. Just hang back and watch.
Newbie: What time do I get off tonight?
Me: 18:30 hrs
Newbie: I have to work 18 and a half hours today?
Me: Yes
Newbie: Can I go home when we're done?
Me: Sure, if you can swim that far.
Newbie: Swim? You mean we're not going back to the dock?
Me: Not for 28 days
Newbie: I only brought one pair of underwear.
Me: We have laundry facilities on board
Newbie: But my Mom always did my laundry.
Me: Well your Mom isn't here is she?

Dead silence for about 3 minutes

Newbie: Where are we going?
Me: Michipicoten Island for 4 week construction project.
Newbie: So I can go home every night?
Me: Sure
Newbie: Cool, can't wait to tell my buddies.

Dead silence for about 2 minutes

Newbie: How far do we drop down to get to Michipicoten Island?
Me: (after a brief pause) You mean like through locks?
Newbie: Yeah
Me: About 750 feet and 65 locks.
Newbie: Cool! Can't wait to tell my buddies.

Dead silence for about a minute

Newbie: How high is the tide on Lake Superior?
Me: Tide?
Newbie: Like I see on TV you know the water coming in and going out
Me: (not knowing the real answer) oh about 75 feet. (it's actually 1 ft)
Newbie: Oh wow! That's amazing. I can't wait to tell my buddies. Can I call them now? (age before wireless Internet)
Me: Like on the phone?
Newbie: Yeah, I see them all over the bridge.
Me: See that fella over there in the big chair with the 4 stripes on his shoulder?
Newbie: Yeah
Me: Go ask him if you can call your buddies on the phone?

Newbie walks over to Captain.

Newbie: Hi!
Captain: Hello, you must be the new steward.
Newbie: Yessir!
Captain: How are you liking the ship so far?
Newbie: I don't like it too much, I have to do my own laundry.
Captain: Oh don't worry, you'll get used to it. You do my laundry too you know?
Newbie: (stunned) I have to do your laundry too?
Captain: Yes and I like a very light starch in my white shirts.
Newbie: (Stunned silence)
Newbie: Can I call my buddies to tell them how cool this is?
Captain: Like on the phone?
Newbie: Yessir, I think there's some cool stuff here they need to know about.
Captain: Do you know that ship/shore radiotelephone costs about $6.00 per minute?
Newbie: I didn't know that but that's ok this is a Government Ship they can afford it.
Captain: (shoots me a look that could kill) Yeah, sure, you can use the pay phone in the laundry room.

The kid spent three days looking for the pay phone in the laundry room but had clean under shorts for the whole trip!
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Prop wash comes in small, medium and large buckets.
Relative Bearing grease comes in tubes like the ones you use in a caulking gun
Wire stretchers and amp pumps are the electrician's responsibility
Not all ships have handrail cooling water systems on them
Fog knives are kept in the Bosun's locker
If you let the smoke out of a motor it's very expensive to get refilled.
Screwdrivers are plus or minus....who the hell is Phillips?
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My, I wonder what questions you asked when you knew nothing????
John's reply was to the point.

My experience, before the internet, wa to buy books and read. Then, like most things in life, when i saw something I didn't know about it, I did my homework and research first, before I asked. These days seems folks ask first......even though there's all this information out there. On most boating forums, "Google it..." is a good first reply.

"Where can I get the dimensions on my boat, I have the brochure but..."

How short does my mast have to be to get under the 64 foot bridge?
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My, I wonder what questions you asked when you knew nothing????
How do I tie my shoes? (I was less than 2 years old....

So, what about you? OR are you still asking that?
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Re: Dumb Questions Or Comments Aboard Yachts

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John's reply was to the point.

My experience, before the internet, wa to buy books and read. Then, like most things in life, when i saw something I didn't know about it, I did my homework and research first, before I asked. These days seems folks ask first......even though there's all this information out there. On most boating forums, "Google it..." is a good first reply.

"Where can I get the dimensions on my boat, I have the brochure but..."

How short does my mast have to be to get under the 64 foot bridge?

stu -- so true -- we are on a facebook site and some of the question are just silly and if someone took a few minutes to do a bit of research they would be answered --we do not mind helping people and find a great deal of pleasure in it and hope we can actually help people get done what they want to do and just maybe made their cruising experience a bit better or more successful --
and we have probably asked a few dumb one too - but i got an excuse i have grey hair and lost a few brain cells along the way but believe it or not i find one of two of those cells occassionally - i found one in the bilge the other day and gosh was it dirty -
maybe i am just getting old and cranky and creaky -- my joints are sure creaky so it may be true
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After taking someone out on our boat for the first time they seriously asked if we ever took our boat up to the lake. The lake is 50 miles away and in no way connected to the ocean.

I had no answer really. Had to explain to them that it was wider than two freeway lanes and they still didn't really get why we didn't.
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