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Old 18-10-2015, 19:00   #1
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Offshore Bound

Nice looking boat. I had seen a couple of guys on it on a regular basis. Always hard at work. They installed a new roller furler last week. I caught the owner taking a break last Friday. Introduced myself and invited him to a little shindig we were having on the T-head.

He declined, saying they were headed out with the tide after midnight for his first trip offshore. They missed the planned departure and cast off about 9 Saturday morning.

An hour after dark Sunday night I saw the boat approaching his slip and walked over to catch a line. Although I could not see a lot of obvious damage, they had lost the mast and rigging.

He said they had never made it offshore nor even used the sails. A chain plate ripped out of the deck and Katy bar the door.

It must have been a tough 2 days.

Looking for another pretty place to work on the boat.
Working on spending my children's inheritance.
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Old 18-10-2015, 19:39   #2
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Re: Offshore Bound

Eloquent argument for ALWAYS shaking down new equipment....also eloquent argument for extensively sailing the boat prior to taking off on an offshore passage.

Who scorns the calm has forgotten the storm.
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