How’s your skeg?

Years ago, at a boater safety class, the Harbormaster told us a story about a guy who lost the motor off his Boston Whaler. Apparently, he was out jumping waves and the motor just fell off. At the time, I thought to myself, what kind of idiot could lose a motor like that? Well, I found out. I am that kind of idiot!

So what stupid stuff have you done?
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10 Responses to How’s your skeg?

  1. chase says:

    couple people pull up at the fuel dock who had just rented a boat from freedom Boat Club and had no idea how to operate it. They were just out for a day of fun. Well they missed the tutorial on how to fuel the vessel. How do I know this one might ask? Cause the woman proceeded to stick the gas nozzle into the rod holder and put 30 gallons of gas into the bilge. How you put that much in without smelling it or realizing there is a problem is way beyond me. The doc was evacuated…harbor master was called..the EPA was called..and the fire department. There was no call for common scence though. Oddly enough… my friend told me that hes seen that happen in Wellfleet so it happens more often than you would think……. thats scary.

  2. Anonymous says:

    We all makes mistakes:

    Cost to repair bridge hit by ship estimated at $500K
    By Tom Bell
    Staff Writer

    It will cost about $505,000 to repair the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which was damaged on Monday when a 470-foot tanker went adrift in the Piscataqua River and hit it, according to the Maine Department of Transportation.

    The heavily traveled bridge that connects Maine and New Hampshire is expected to be closed for two to four weeks while workers repair or replace four damaged steel beams.

    The 73-year-old bridge over the Piscataqua River connects Kittery and Portsmouth, N.H., and is owned by both Maine and New Hampshire. The two states will move forward to repair the bridge as quickly as possible and then take action to get reimbursement from whoever is responsible for the accident, said Bill Boynton, spokesman for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.

    On Monday, the tanker ship Harbour Feature broke away from the New Hampshire State Pier in Portsmouth, where it was tied up to refuel before sailing to its destination in Europe. The swift incoming tide of the Piscataqua River carried the ship to the bridge and pinned it there. Two tugboats moved the ship back to the pier about four hours later, during the slack tide.

    The ship was carrying tallow, which is made from wood pulp, and yellow grease. The accident left a crack in the ship about 18 inches long, about 15 feet below the water surface, said the Coast Guard, which is investigating the accident.

    The ship is not leaking fuel or tallow. The ship is owned by a German company, Sechste Nordtank Hamburg GmbH. TB Marine Ship management in Hamburg is responsible for its operation, logistics, maintenance and crew, according to IHS Fairplay, a global company that provides information about the shipping industry.

  3. Anonymous says:

    You still can’t beat watching the ramps on a holiday weekend!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Last summer a buddy and I dropped anchor just outside the channel to do some striper fishing. Keep in mind, this channel is in a river that feeds into the ocean. Most of the boats that run through are under 25′ so I wasn’t too concerned. After about 10 minutes, I heard a small boat slowly coming around the bend. Two scruffy looking guys in a 14′ Lund with a 25 on the back. The moment the guy sees me he guns the motor and starts heading right for us. WTF? I said to my buddy. Is this guy going to ram us or something? We didn’t have time to react as we watched the guy come within 2 feet of my boat running full throttle. As we were screaming at him he ran over both our lines….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…..and there goes 300 yards each attached to his prop. Not sure who made out worse on that deal, but I won’t be fishing there again.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I keep my 18′ bowrider moored on Cape Cod. One late August a storm was approaching with possible hurricane winds. So I decided to pull the boat for the season. Upon arriving back at my house with the boat, I realized I hadn’t retrieved the dinghy from the beach, and I needed the trailer for that. But the boat was already on the trailer. OK, so I will launch the boat at the municipal landing, tie her up to the dock, get the dinghy with the trailer and bring it back to the house, unload the dinghy and then retrieve the boat. Genius plan. All went like clockwork until I arrived back at the dock to find only the bow of the boat at a 45 degree angle above the surface of the water. What the heck happened!? Once I regained my composure, I remembered that I had removed the drain plug to trailer the boat. Doh!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Along time ago when I was a part owner of a dragger, we were fishing up on Georges Bank,flat ass calm ,fog so thick you had to strain to see the guy standing next to you.It was my last trip on that boat, I was going to have my gall bladder out and had no desire to return. We had gotten two gentlemen from Provincetown to come down and run the boat in my absence. In there over zealousnes to be impressive they got the net hung up in the prop and we couldn’t get it out. My brother in law used to fish with me and he was a certified diver so he elected to go over board and cut the net out of the prop. We waited till morning,had a nice breakfast and then commenced our task.John got suited up and over he went. He was wearing a lot of weight so he would sink and we also wrapped him in a piece of 1 1/4 nylon. After about 20 or so minutes he came up and wanted to rest for a few minutes and have a cigarette. While he was resting I was sharpening the knives he was using.He finished his cigarette, put his mask on and did one of those Mike Nelson flips off the stern of the boat and back into the water. In the time he was on the boat smoking a 8 foot blue shark came up and started eating the fish that were hung up in the cod end of the net. John lands in the water about a foot away from the shark. He looks at the shark the shark looks at him and he get out of there as fast as his flippers will carry him. He gets to the surface and hollers SHARK,SHARK.The only thing he didn;t do was spit out the regulater, so the guys at the back of the boat think he needs more rope and they let him have it. Down he goes, back up he comes and does the same thing again.Guess what, they give him more rope and down he goes. I was still sharpening the knives so I didn;t get to see this act in person, I just heard what was going on. Finally he surfaces and spits out the pegulator and yells for the final time Shark, five guys reach down and grab him and throw him on the deck. He was so white from fear.Every time I saw that man I just had to laugh , where ever you are my good friend ,I’m still laughing..

  7. Well I got one… I had a motor that was not opperating at full potential (plug wires) and for some reason I suggested to the owner of the repair shop that It might be my prop spinning; not catching up with the motors RPM’s. Of course the Mechanic looked at my prop and said, “Hell yes, you need a new prop” . So without me even asking for the new prop, he runs and grabs one, and before I can say no, he has it on my boat and says, Lets go try it out. We went down to the water for a test run and whatever was wrong was fixed (Dont think it was the prop).

    So we go to put my boat back on the trailor. My buddie does not pull down far enough into the water and I give it some gass to get on. Well as you might have guessed, Prop meets concrete, and now a brand new 4 blade performance prop for a 250 HO E-TEC is F–ked up. We go back to the shop and the mechanic says thats $350 for the tune up and $650 for the prop. I wrote a check for $1,000 and had a brand new prop with major dings on all 4 blades.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Ha! I had an old Whaler back in the day. Motor wouldn’t start so I dropped the anchor. Boat kept on drifting. 100′ of line in 115′ of water! Drifted out three miles before the tow boat found me. F me!

  9. Demaster says:

    Returning to Alamitos Bay in Long Beach, California I was sailing alone in 19 knotts of apparent wind aboard my 42′ Catalina sloop. It was late afternoon as my trusty autopilot zeroed in on the entrance jetties. A familiar oil drilling platform was well off to my starboard side and but not a consideration on this tack. As I neared the jetties I noticed a considerable amount of leeway towards the platform. It was still of no concern , though it got my attention. The relaxation I experienced as my stern passed the oil platform was short lived. The boat immediately veered 90 degrees to starboard and quickly passed under a large crew’s quarters structure. Before I knew it my mast was gone, hanging overboard lile a useless appendage.

    Soon my lines were taken captive by several pilings, and I was stuck. The 19 knott winds and the sea state continually battered my bow into the pilings. I radioed for help before realizing that my antenna (attop the mast) was submerged. Long Beach Fire Rescue responded immediately to my hand held VHS May Day call. While waiting for their arrival I decided to climb over the bow on to the platform’s cat walk. Besides the beating my bow was taking, the spreaders were scraping against the hull below the waterline. A helicopter was soon circling overhead, and I prayed that it wasn’t a local news agency. It wasn’t! Thank God it was the police.

    Some oil workers came down to meet me on the catwalk, and after learning that I was OK they asked me, “What were you drinking?” I was fortunate that the fire/rescue boat was first on the scene, because if Vessle Assist had prevailed they would have likely charged me for salvage. The rescue boat towed me to the Marina dock where my boat spent the night.

    After talking to my local electronics dealer I learned that my flux gate compass had fixed on the oil platform and decided that it was magnetic north. This is a form of external compass deviation. Everything was alright until the unit “passed” this new magnetic landmark; then all hell broke loose. Final cost of repairs was over $100,000.
    Since I teach boating classes through the US Sail and Power Squadrons, you can only imagine the ribbings I endured for the next year. They dubbed me, ” Demaster”

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