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Old 08-30-2012, 12:30 PM   #1
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Going solo

How many of you take the boat out solo?

This labor day everyone seems to have other plans so rather than sitting in the harbor I have a trip planed alone.

Just me and the dog.

The only problem I for see is getting back into the slip but it shouldn't be an issue. Actually I am kind of looking forward to it.

A friend of mine. A charter boat skipper, has lent me a chart with all the good fishing spots and there is a waterfall I have been meaning to check out. I have heard it is the most picturesque in the Prince William Sound.

The boat is running perfectly and all system are go.

As Picard Say's

Engage.

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Old 08-30-2012, 01:01 PM   #2
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Back in the day, on our gillnet boats, all the time. They had relatively low gunnels though and you could step off to the dock, so docking wasn't a big issue.

On this boat, not so much. The gunnel alone is four feet above the dock, plus the rail height, I am not as young as I used to be and jumping over the rail down to the dock is probably not a good idea. I've done it a few times, just for a day cruise or moving the boat. If the wind conditions aren't out of sorts for docking, ok. If there is any question about docking, I'll call the port security when I'm coming in to catch a line and they are great about it. Also my boat neighbors/friends are all in the habit of catching each others lines when we come in. They're all experienced boaters and you can count on them not to do stupid things with your lines.

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The only problem I for see is getting back into the slip but it shouldn't be an issue. Actually I am kind of looking forward to it.

Agree, backing into my slip is the only stressful part. But, I've gotten over the embarrassment of lubberly boat handling and dock-mates always lend a hand. And if they're not around, then no one sees me backing & filling and going around 3 times!

Eventually I'll get the hang of it. I got good enough on my sailboat to sail up to her awkwardly located slip, but I had to manhandle her in from that point.
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:33 PM   #5
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How many of you take the boat out solo?
I've taken previous boats out solo but not this one and I don't have any reason to. My wife and I plan trips and enjoy our time on the water together.
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:52 PM   #6
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There are always safety issues going solo. Like always wearing a life jacket and having a way to get back oboard if you fall in.

Does any one have a way to get back aboard?



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Old 08-30-2012, 02:35 PM   #7
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Like a kill switch to cut the engines when you take a spalsh?
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There are always safety issues going solo. Like always wearing a life jacket and having a way to get back oboard if you fall in.

Does any one have a way to get back aboard?



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First issue is catching up with the boat.

Each year I move the location of the boat 4 to 6 times. These trips are 160 to 200 miles, almost always solo and through a night. Actually enjoy these trips and find them stimulating. I guess being totally self reliant keeps the adrenalin pump working a little harder.

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I with you on that Ted I really looking forward to this outing.

I don't have a kill switch but if I need to go on deck I will stop the boat.

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Old 08-30-2012, 03:03 PM   #10
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Skip I have spend many days on PWS by my lonesome and loved every minute. Have good working radios, be safe and most of all have fun! Are you going north to PWS or south to the Kenai Fjords NP? We do expect pics!!!
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Old 08-30-2012, 03:16 PM   #11
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Skip I have spend many days on PWS by my lonesome and loved every minute. Have good working radios, be safe and most of all have fun! Are you going north to PWS or south to the Kenai Fjords NP? We do expect pics!!!
heading north east up around Eglik bay and then to Columbia Glacier.

I'm out of Whittier. A slow boat 7 knts Kenai fjords would take the whole weekend there and back without stopping.

Camera is already on board.

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I haven't taken the boat out solo yet--- going slow is boring enough but going slow by myself would be downright painful -- but we have a permanent midships spring set up on a hanger in our slip so getting back in is dirt simple no matter what the wind and current are doing. Getting the boat in to the slip would be real easy even single-handed.
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Opps. Don't know why I was thing Seward. I know the area well. Eglik bay is a nice area. Ran into some whales there one year. Have fun, be safe.
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Haven't done any solo trips.

thoughts:

tether? Do people use tethers on power boats?

getting back on- a neighbor frequently single hands and he has a loop of rope tied at the transom that is long enough to go slightly underwater but not so long as to reach the prop--the idea being that it would be a foot hold to get back on the boat if he went over. can you get onto your swim step from the water (do you have a swim step)?

Have a handheld VHF on you, attached to your PFD or whatever (i'm sure you'll wear your PFD when you are on deck), so if you do go over you have it--they make some now with GPS and MMSI, though they are rather large.

personal ePIRB? Have to be conscious to use it as it must be held upright out of the water.

have a GREAT time, sounds like a super fun trip.
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Old 08-30-2012, 03:44 PM   #15
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Jennifer Nope no swim step but I do have a boarding ladder of sorts. Just a strap of webbing sewn into two loops. I hang it off the stern cleat.

Whales have been all over the Sound this year. I have seen Humpbacks, Orcas and Minki's. Not to mention Sealions Otters and dolphins.

No EPIRB but I do have a good VHF as well as a floating Handheld VHF.

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tether? Do people use tethers on power boats?

I suppose you could do like the sailboaters and run a jackline from bow to stern and fasten yourself to it with a harness. I've thought about that in really rough weather, then thought, 'Do I really want the boat to be pounding me to a pulp?'

Here's a great story from back in the ages (2006):
Captain-less Boat Plows Into Catalina - Los Angeles Times
Officials find the Heather aground with no one on board. Hours later, the skipper is found clinging to a buoy -- 26 miles away.

Yikes!!
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I have to tell you that having boated in PWS for years I think it is a really bad idea to go out alone. Just a rope fouled prop in the wrong circumstances can be a nightmare. Try to unfoul it while drifting to a rocky shore in water too deep to set an anchor until it is too late. Happened to me outside Siwash Bay but thankfully not alone. It took 45 minutes to unfoul in my dry suit. That is only one of many issues of boating in frigid waters where even a small miscalculation can mean a trip to the happy hunting grounds. Even really competent boats have very bad things happen to them. If you do decide to go please keep in touch with the CG. They are there to help us and can be the difference.
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The USCG really booms out around the Sound. Even a week handheld can get a response.
Thanks for the concern but I Can only trust to providence and hope nothing will go wrong.

Plan for the worst and hope for the best.

I could get hit by a buss walking out my front door.

Can't let things stop you.

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Greetings,
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Thank you sir. I shall do just that.

RT you're killing me. I know I should have hit the spell check.
Next time. Funny thanks for the link.

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