Okay, so this friend of mine and I have had a running prank battle going for a while now.
Most recently he was in the Bahamas
on a boat with someone else. I went to his marina and hoisted a huge rainbow flag, with a big yellow smiley face in the middle, up to the top of his mast
. It flapped there for two weeks before he came home. I'd also taken a really neat sunset shot of the marina, to include his boat and the flag, and submitted it to the local television station weather
pics contest. They actually put it on the air; now that was extra funny
Anyhow, by the time he got home the flag had wrapped around the halyard
several times. This required him to climb the mast
to get it down.
So a month or two later he agrees to meet me for a sail in Tampa Bay. I motor
out the I-275 ditch where he meets me. My first clue was that he has never before in his life been on time for anything, yet here he was... early.
So, up goes my main. I let loose the roller furling
and pull out the headsail.
About halfway up pops out the rainbow smiley face flag. It had been pinned to the leech and rolled back up inside the sail remaining unseen until now.
It was so high up, that there was no way to get it down underway.
Later on that evening we anchored in the Manatee River. When I rolled the headsail back in, the flag remained attached to the leech, flapping happily for the next couple of days. I finally had to haul my skinniest grandson up with the auxiliary halyard
to un-pin the flag. He thought that was a blast.
A different time I had taken a handful of spare parts
. I found an old broken spring, half of a clevis pin, two stainless steel
washers and a nut. I simply tossed them on his foredeck ahead of the main mast. He spent days climbing and inspecting stuff while I drank his beer
Then there was a time when I started to untie my docklines and let loose the cleat hitch knots... Superglue- DANG, I've been had again...
I'm beginning to run out of ideas...
Anyone with a great suggestion would be most appreciated.