I had heard about fishermen trying to scam money
from cruisers by laying their nets across boats rides in the middle of the night. On my way to Phitak Shipyard for a haul out
tomorrow I anchored just inside Thai waters before In head
up the river tomorrow. Dropped the hook and backed on the anchor
and then set the anchor alarm
It was a stressful day as I was waiting for parts
and was up early this morning so I ended up taking a nap once I was settle. About an hour ago something woke me up and I went on deck
to check and saw a fishing
flag about 6 feet high with a stobe just off the port quarter. This was definitely not anywhere near the boat
when I anchored. The net trailing from the anchor was stretched alongside the boat
and then wrapped over the top of the anchor rode
and the back along the same side of the boat. There was only one flag where normally there is usually one at each end of a string.
There were no fishing
boats in sight so it didn, t make sense to me that someone was trying to make some quick cash by accusing me of dragging onto of their net. The current
runs here pretty good so the anchor rode
was stretched out but the boat wasn't moving and I was within a few feet of where I set the anchor alarm
. Put the dinghy
in the water
and grabbed my knife and headed up to the bow. Checked again and the net was definitely over top of the anchor rode and not underneath so the net had to either drifted down on top of me or it was put there on purpose. Cut the net away and pulled both halves away from the boat to make sure that it hadn't fouled the prop or rudder
and once I got it clear of the boat let her go. It didn't take long before the current
had the flag and net over a mile away so now I don't know what to think.
Waiting for the fishing boat to show up looking for his net but maybe not till morning.