Nobody was hurt. Thank goodness. The problems started at the loading ramp
. My son and I put the boat in the water and I had him stay with it while I parked the car. When I came back I said to him to make sure the boat doesn't float away and he replied, "I don't think it will since its full of water." WHAT?! That's when I remembered that the PO showed me the through hulls and how to open and close them. Unfortunately I forgot which way was open and which way was closed. Oh well, we figured that we could figure out which way to close them and that we could bail so we pushed off. Oh, by the way, we hadn't attached the tiller/rudder yet nor had we raised the sail. Probably should have done that while tied to the dock
. There we were floating aimlessly away from the dock
trying to attach the rudder
. That took a while. Then we focused our attention to trying to raise the main, but it was so windy that it kept getting caught on the shrouds. Meanwhile we are floating directly at a rocky island about a half mile out from the marina. Unfortunately, by the time we got the sail up, we were bouncing against the rocks of the island, so we lowered the sail. Tried for a while to get it off the rocks to no avail and then just ended up sitting there for about an hour, trying to figure out what to do. The wind was blowing directly at the island; we didn't think we were going to be able to get it off so we tried to flag down any passing boats.
A nice man, Carl, in a sailboat saw us and came by and tried to tow us out. He motored by and shouted that we would have to tie off really quick as he was passing. Check. He tossed the rope
and I caught it. Great! I'm thinking , "the wife never needs to know since Carl is saving the day." Here's where I screw it all up (again). Remembering reading on cruisersforum once that when being towed you tie to the mast
, so that's what I do. Well, that tips the boat over on its beam and puts the mast
in the water. Now I'm thinking that I just put Carl's boat in danger
and I'm apologizing over and over again. We right the boat, but now its completely full of water and it's so windy that the waves are just going over the sides. Bailing is of no use. Carl offers to take us back to shore, but I decide to stay with it, thinking that eventually the wind would die down and we'd be able to get off this blasted rock.
It took a while, but the wind died down enough to bail, but we were still stuck on rock. I swallowed my pride and called the marina for a tow. And here I am with my tail between my legs. Thankfully nobody was hurt and the boat is back home on the trailer.