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Old 09-04-2014, 05:40 PM   #1
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I almost died today

Well, almost.
Simple little thing.
No Atlantic crossing.
No bad weather.
No nothing

I was moving the boat to a Marina for the week.

Only 5 miles, going only 4.5 kts, feeling good, I had cleaned my bad tank last night.
If you don't have a "Bucket Head", don't even read the rest of this but get down to HD and get one.

Ok. I digress. Maybe from giddiness in being alive.

So, about a mile from the Marina, I go to grab a fender that is hanging just aft of the PH.

I usually wear those cheap Chinese gloves, with rubber on one side. I do want to keep me hands baby soft!

The KK has a handrail with an opening that folds up.
I ALWAYS travel with the handrail down, in place. Certainly a good habit.

Maybe too good.

Today, the whole 45 min,I never noticed it was up. Had I, even just pulling into the Marina, I would have lowered it.

So, that's the only reason I can think of that as I went to grab the line on the fender with my right hand, I grabbed the rail that wasn't there in my left hand.

There is a plastic bracket on the vertical pole, just below the hand rail for my electric shore power cables.

As my hand grabbed air, two fingers got caught, between the rubber on the glove and my twisting motion.

The glove is still there. I couldn't get it out. I will probably leave it there forever to remind me.

So, I'm like an Indian riding on the side of the horse. My right hand held the line to the fender. My left is stuck in the rail, my feet are treading air and I'm facing aft.

My first thought, if I fall off, I'll never get back on.

I got a foot on the rub rail and then felt the pain from my hand, which seemed stuck.

A half hour later, after I got the boat tied up, as I'm washing up, my fingers are just starting to feel pain.

I'd scraped a bunch of skin of my forearm and had a gouge in two fingers.

Complacency. That's the real killer.

In my fast car days, I still hold the record for fastest drive between Munich and Venice. Never had a high speed incident. But the few accidents I have had, were always at least than 15mph.

I just have to keep alive till the next challenge.

And any day that ends where you wanted, is a good day, no matter the path.
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Old 09-04-2014, 05:48 PM   #2
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Well, almost.
Simple little thing.
No Atlantic crossing.
No bad weather.
No nothing

I was moving the boat to a Marina for the week.

.......edited for space.....

I'd scraped a bunch of skin of my forearm and had a gouge in two fingers.

Complacency. That's the real killer.

In my fast car days, I still hold the record for fastest drive between Munich and Venice. Never had a high speed incident. But the few accidents I have had, were always at least than 15mph.

I just have to keep alive till the next challenge.

And any day that ends where you wanted, is a good day, no matter the path.
A lot of people will argue inexperience, alcohol, ego, over-reliance on electronics, etc..etc...but complacency is the real killer of those that do something a lot.
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Old 09-04-2014, 05:58 PM   #3
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I've had a couple of close calls with the open rail gate trap too. Fortunately, not while underway.

My son fell through, but was able to grab the rail stanchion with both hands, twisted around and clumsily landed on the dock on his feet. And I grabbed the mysteriously open rail gate while lifting a 5 gallon bucket of salt water over the rail while crabbing and did a back flop on the deck!!

No serious injuries other than our pride!!
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Old 09-04-2014, 06:26 PM   #4
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Careful Richard... You're too important to pass-away from a simple error such as that! Heal fast!!
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Old 09-04-2014, 06:35 PM   #5
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I had cleaned my bad tank last night.
If you don't have a "Bucket Head", don't even read the rest of this but get down to HD and get one.
Could you expand a little on how you were able to use the Bucket Head to clean your tank? I am puzzled how you got the hose to the bottom of the tank.
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Old 09-04-2014, 08:42 PM   #6
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Richard,

Very glad we still have you with us.

Complacency.

Immediately reminds me of not remembering one left the hatch to the ER off while running around the boat doing odd jobs.
Eventually one learns your lesson WELL and do not forget again!

Too bad we often have to learn lessons the Hard way.
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Old 09-04-2014, 08:45 PM   #7
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What's a bucket head other than a head that doesn't work and has a small bucket in it for bucket and chuck it.
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Old 09-04-2014, 09:23 PM   #8
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Geeze, Richard. I could just read the headlines on that one. "Ocean-Crossing Mariner dies on Puddle Jump"! Glad you're OK.
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Old 09-04-2014, 11:13 PM   #9
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What's a bucket head other than a head that doesn't work and has a small bucket in it for bucket and chuck it.
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Wow - the bucket-for-a-toilet is a no-brainer... the pool noodle for a 'seat' - now that is inspired. Noted for next camping trip.
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Old 09-05-2014, 12:27 AM   #12
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My wife and daughter were out of town last week, so I thought it was time to jump the solo docking hurdle. I got spooked pulling up and dropping the fenders in slow forward, so put it in neutral after that. The thought of falling overboard and watching Badger steam away all alone was too much to bear!

Can't imagine how your heart must have skipped a couple beats, your stomach dropped out, and how your brain must have been instantly bathed in buckets of fight/flight chemicals!!
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Yup, complacency.
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Holy crap, Richard! We worry about you for weeks, crossing the Atlantic, alone in perilous conditions and then you go and almost lose it on a milk run? Wait until the Admiral hears about this!!
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Old 09-05-2014, 02:46 AM   #17
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That's it.

I opened the inspection port.
I use bucket head for the boats messy jobs.
We also have a bigger shop vac for normal cleaning, with the idea that if we ever needed an extra dewatering device, we have two.

In the starboard tank, below the feed, I sucked out about 3 gal water, 1 fuel, 1 black liquid, (dead organic that biocide produces) that was below the other stuff.
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Old 09-05-2014, 02:59 AM   #18
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I`ve done a similar tank clean with a hand pump,zip tied the plastic tube to a wooden dowel to keep it straight. Yours is better, faster, more volume extracted.
It is so easy to lower your guard after entering port from the open sea, there is sense of "job done" and maybe some euphoria( well deserved in your case)but, there are still hazards, just different ones.
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Thanks for sharing! I have had several close calls and have been lucky, after a close call I always think: “For the Grace of God go I”
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