Thanks foah the comeback. No, my feet don't stink, but my "boss", wife, has demanded that I weah a cologne, because, even though she claims her sense of smell is diminished from chemotherapy, she can smell me! Women! Anyway, my worst stohm.....hmmm, well that may have been in Feb 1982 in Buzzahds Bay, when my friend who owns a 65' salvage
tug shanghaied me at 18:00 to help save a sinking fish
boat in the middle of the bay. It was blowing 40+ when we left the dock
and the temp was 5F. I was tasked with stepping down to sinking vessel with my Capt'n's mate and helping to pump
out the 67' vessel after the CG efforts had failed. We succeeded and saved the boat and her crew and then proceed to save yet another fish
boat that had grounded out in Woods Hole. We steamed across the bay in 15 ft breaking seas and arrived ice covered in time to pull the "Faro" off of Middle Ground before she foundered. The crew had deployed their life raft and seas were breaking over the bow as we tasked a CG 41 footer to run a line into the casualty. The Mate and I worked lines on a ice coated deck
, trying not to end up in the drink. With the connection completed, "Jaguar" proceeded to pull on the casualty for 45 minutes until she was freed at 03:17. We towed Faro to a dock
in Woods Hole and Charlie (the Capt'n) found me a ride home to Fairhaven where I took a shower
, had breakfast and went to my day job.
I also "steamed" my 22' bassboat (lobstah style) across Vineyard Sound in 40 kts of wind
and 10 ft breaking seas on my way back to Fairhaven from Oak Bluffs. After we transited Woods Hole Passage
, the wind
had built to >50 kts and on the advice of the ferry
from New Bedford, that was approaching Woods Hole, we chose to let discretion be the better part of valor and retired to a dock in Woods Hole till the tempest was spent.
Mechanical skills, average, I can diagnose and fix most mechanical problems, good with computers
stiff, not too good with diesels.
: I helped deliver a 43' Cat from St Martin
, TX in 2008. 16 days and we were buffeted by a hurricane
with 40 kts of wind (made 280 miles that day) and chased by a hurricane across the Gulf. In 2013, I helped deliver a 76' sloop
from St Martin
(are you seeing a pattern here) to Newport
RI, then helped sail a 43' sloop
from Port Hardy BC to Victoria BC with a 40 hr overnight passage
(I took the dog watch). That same year I crewed on a 38' C&C
in the Galveston to Port Aransas race
and then went back to Newport
to help deliver the 76' sloop to Norfolk VA in gales in November...frickin' cold!
Right now, I'm in Kemah
Hope to hear more.