During the recent passage
Dean through the Carib... I was following several island weather
reporters info updates when I ran across one that caused me to almost fall off my chair... here it is as she wrote it
"I must be half asleep, I recommended to one boat owner to use plenty of cafe gear
on his dock lines. I of course meant CHAFE gear
Years back, in the dark ages, before spell hecklers were common on email
programs, I wrote a hurricane
report in a hurry. I had been at the marina, securing my boat, with multiple lines, then creating chafing gear
from flexible plumbing
tubes and old towels with copious amounts of duct tape wrapped around them. The line is only as strong as the chafing gear.
Well, some Europeans surprised me by bringing out these heavy chains and locking them to the cleats
on their sailboat then running them to the dock and locking them to the cleats
on the dock. I saw three boats do this, all with the same crew. This was a most curious method of securing a boat for a hurricane, so I wrote about it.
I was in a hurry, as I think the power had already gone out, and I was anxious to keep my laptop battery
use to a minimum. I wrote the email
and sent it off. It wasn't until later, when I went online and discovered I had a pile of hilarious emails, that I realized I had typed in this major gaffe:
I was at the marina today getting my boat ready. I noticed that some of the guys were chaining their boats to their dicks. I've never seen this done before...
Not sure a spell heckler would have caught that, but a quick reread before emailing that off, might have caught it. On the other hand, I often wrote in a rum
squall in those days, so maybe it was just plain dumb fate. It sure created a lot of laughter during a stressful time. Trying to write a correction proved funnier. Um, those guys were chaining their boats to their DOCKS not their dicks...
One email read "I love my boat dearly, but I draw the line at chaining it up to my dick during a storm..."
Other emails made reference to why boats are named after women and traditionally referred to as she.
Yet others expressed concern for the men
, wondering if they "survived" the ordeal. "