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Old 04-25-2018, 04:54 PM   #1
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Who says the AICW is boring? This afternoon we were about 3.5 miles south of the NASA Causeway Bridge (SR 405) when a 29' Island Packet sailboat looked like it was going to hit a pile beacon. I'm driving.

Larry: Lena! It looks likes this guy is going to hit the pole.

Lena: No, he's fine. He's just giving us room.

Larry: No, really! ( I grab the camera).

His standing rigging hits the pole, the light and solar box fall over on their side and the spreader on the sailboat's starboard side was tweaked low. I hail them on the radio.

Larry: Are you OK?

SB: Yup.

Larry: Your lower spreader is fuc.ed up and you just knocked over the light on that pole.

SB: Uh, the owner says, sorry. We were sleeping.

Larry: (wrong answer!) You have to report this since you took out an aid to navigation. (continuing to take pictures)

SB: Uh, thanks.

About 5 minutes later they called the USCG on VHF, reported the incident and gave their cell phone number (should have given their credit card number!)

PS: I hope the birds OK?
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Old 04-25-2018, 05:15 PM   #2
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Old 04-25-2018, 05:20 PM   #3
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It wasn't me.
I swear.
I think.
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Old 04-25-2018, 06:11 PM   #4
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Greetings,
Mr. dh. "Sleeping"? My first thought exactly!
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Old 04-25-2018, 06:15 PM   #5
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The cormorant will be just fine.
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Old 04-25-2018, 06:23 PM   #6
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Maybe "distracted"? Once we anchored early as start boat for a sailboat race,"filling in time enjoyably" Until a sailboat came alongside and drew attention to our drift.
Another word here for a cormorant is a "shag". Seems appropriate.
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Old 04-25-2018, 07:33 PM   #7
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That's crazy Larry. I have trouble sleeping at anchor and could never image sleeping while under way. At least you had the camera handy. Next thing you know we will be installing Dashcams on our boats in hopes of catching something to go viral.
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Old 04-25-2018, 07:47 PM   #8
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It is an anhinga, not a cormorant, even though they are in the same family.
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Old 04-25-2018, 07:51 PM   #9
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Just spaced out or missing in action? I can't see anyone on deck. Coulda been a lot worse.
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Old 04-25-2018, 08:02 PM   #10
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I've been up and down the AICW many times and I must say I was never fond of that marker anyway.
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Old 04-25-2018, 08:08 PM   #11
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Maybe "distracted"? Once we anchored early as start boat for a sailboat race,"filling in time enjoyably" Until a sailboat came alongside and drew attention to our drift.
Another word here for a cormorant is a "shag". Seems appropriate.
I think you are right. Shagging is a much more plausible (and respectable) excuse.
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Old 04-25-2018, 09:47 PM   #12
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Elderly folks. Two asleep in cabin. One fell asleep at the wheel. 40'er at cruise speed. Good thing Tollycraft are built like a Battleship!
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Old 04-25-2018, 10:35 PM   #13
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Brings to mind a story I heard from the most reliable source, the ex, about her hubby having to rename the boat to acknowledge T-boning an anchored freighter in English Bay.
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Old 04-26-2018, 12:20 AM   #14
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Ya mean like this one?

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It looks like the name on the back of that trawler was "Nap Time"
The perfect name in this instance.
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Old 04-26-2018, 06:33 AM   #16
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He really did said, “Sorry, we were sleeping” and yes, it could have been a lot worse. I was a little pissed after he said that. If they had said I was distracted or that my ap screwed up, I may have been a little more understanding but to say you were sleeping?
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Old 04-26-2018, 06:38 AM   #17
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I cannot imagine myself sleeping while underway. I mean, falling asleep and the anchor slip and you hit something is something, but starting to cruise and think ďlet take a napĒ duh!

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Old 04-26-2018, 07:03 AM   #18
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Sleeping?
No chit, sleeping while underway on the ICW.
Who told him that was permitted?
Cant sleep while driving a car either.
If he was that tired, get out of the channel, close to shore, drop anchor and take a nap.

It may be an expensive lesson for him.
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Old 04-26-2018, 07:04 AM   #19
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Like the thread title says.

With older folk falling asleep doesn't necessarily take a conscious decision.
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Old 04-26-2018, 07:30 AM   #20
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A late friend of mine used to sail in that general area and told me that more than once, he would look up from his book and notice that he was heading straight for an ATON or other obstruction. He loved to get underway and pull out a good book. His sailboat was fairly small so wouldn't do a lot of damage to anything but himself.
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