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Old 04-29-2013, 05:48 PM   #21
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Walt... count yourself lucky! Mine wouldn't divorce me..... she'd KILL me!!!
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:04 PM   #22
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Guys,
Thanks for this thread after a long day for me- made me laugh and smile at your stupidity. haha- just kidding- your wives paid me to say that.

I am guessing my almost running out of Rum for the drinks while at anchor will hardly hold a candle to these previous stories. I am waiting for Walt to chime in about the terrible terrible time he invited Al over and forgot to stock the fridge...Al still emails me now and again relaying the calamity of that avoidable situation.

Closest call I've had on a boat was not while I was at the helm and it was just this winter. I was brokering a deal on a mid-sized express cruiser. The seller was at the helm. We had just left the haul out facility and were on the return trip back to their home marina about 20-30 minutes away. I was sitting in the settee to port and was checking emails when the buyer, who had been standing up between myself and the seller at the helm gave out a crazy loud and frightening shout. Scared me to death. I look up and we were no more than a boat length away from Tboning a small fishing boat. We were so close the occupants were literally standing on the edge and 1/2 second away from jumping in the water. The seller quickly cut the wheel hard to starboard and quite literally narrowly missed them. He had been doing about 17-18 knots at the time. The seller was completely shaken up, and rightfully so. It was a crystal clear winter day with no one on the water so how that boat was not seen is beyond me but thank God he didn't hit them- it would have been disastrous.
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:08 PM   #23
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All married men know, and not-yet married men should heed, that payback to your wife is on the installment plan, payments made at the time and place of her choice, and the principal balance will never be paid in full!
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:42 PM   #24
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Also a piece of advice to not-yet married men....

When single women get pi$$ed at you they get hysterical. When married women get pi$$ed at you they get HISTORICAL and bring up every time they think you screwed up since they met you.

It's beyond me how they even remember some of that crap.....but they do!
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:52 PM   #25
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GFC-how right you are! After 10 years of dating and living together and 20 years of marriage, once my wife gets going, I can cook, eat dinner and wash the boat in the time it takes her to go through the list!
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:57 PM   #26
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LOL! You guys are killing me. Great to know I'm not alone!
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:08 AM   #27
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Al, that was pretty gutsy crossing the path of the freighter in the San Joaquin River channel Friday. Being maybe 400 feet behind you (and making mental motion/speed calculations), I thought it better to stay on the "wrong side." (We had just entered the river from a side channel.)

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Old 04-30-2013, 12:58 AM   #28
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You made the right choice Mark, but it wasn't even close from my perspective out in front. I crossed before he made the turn in the channel, but then he appeared RIGHT THERE...larger than life after the turn.

After I made the radio call that I was staying to the south of the channel, I realized that you three didn't have the room to follow. But your reply reassured me that all was well.
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:08 AM   #29
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The difference between a Fairy Tale and a Sea Story?

The Fairy Tale begins with "Once upon a Time"

The Sea Story begins "Now this is no S**t"
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And many of those incidents that later become great stories begin with....

Hey Bubba, hold my beer and watch this.......
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:53 PM   #31
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A southern bedtime story starts like this.

"Now, baby, you ain't gonna believe this $hit".
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:53 PM   #32
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Oh ya the teen years.

Ok another story. I have shared this before but I still get a laugh when I think back at it.

Be 1975? April weekday cool out but the sun was bright in the blue sky.

Get to launch ramp and pack the tinny from the car top down the ramp to the water. Load the 9.9 on the back along with fishing gear and the 12 pack of brew. Set for the day.

The plan was to fish on the other side of Chatam / DiscoveryIslands off Oak Bay greater Victoria area.

Off we go on calm water cruising along at a blistering pace of about 10 / 12 or so miles an hour. But it was cold being early in the morn in April. I had a down filled winter coat on hood up and all. I be facing my bud sitting on the front seat looking backwards trying to keep some warmth in. We be about 1/2 hour to 45 min out just clearing the islands.

BANG! This black thing runs down the side of the boat and the little tinny starts to roll. I grab on to the gunnel as she goes over. I remember trying to grab on to the keel as she turned turtle. I watch my bud get sucked out the back and into the water. I look up to see the little prop spinning away till it went under.

Man it got quiet real quiet. My bud comes up for air all tangled in rope. So over I go, help him out. But that down filled coat and them boots I got on are starting to make the swimming deal a bit difficult. The boat has about 6 inches of the bow out of the water thatís it. So bud, grabs on to it. Its like trying to hang on to a dead head. But it keeps him kinda afloat. I got to get my boots off. ICE CREAM HEAD ACHE. But I manage to shed the boots. The swimming deal is hard, just getting air is tough with this dam winter coat on.

Well we hit a half sunk mooring can that had freed its self from some spot. Bud missed it running strait with me blocking his line of view.

So I grab on to the mooring can since it looked real good at this point. I watch all the stuff like PFDs, fuel tank, oars, BEER, simply float away or sink. Buddy lets go of the tinny and joins me at the can. There we are holing on to a half sunk mooring can watching the nose of the tinny just float away with all the other stuff.

I look around and we be miles off OakBay. We also be miles from the islands. Ya and the tide is taking us out. This isnít good and there be no way I am going to make it swimming for either. I look at bud a say. I wont make that swim, he looks at me and says he can not make it either.

I say well I am going to scream for help. He says sounds good to him. Man I screamed as hard as I could for as long as I could.

Some guy cutting his grass in OakBay had just turned off his lawn mower and heard the faint call for help. So he called it in. Some nice lady walking her dog heard my yelps from Ten Mile Point and called it in. No one could see us but they could hear the faint calls for help. Not sure how long we had been in the water but the search guys had been at it for almost an hour.

Then some guys from the Victoria yacht club in a rib pulled our sorry Asses from the water. As I lay on the bottom of the boat, unable to see, I can barely hear, I am shaking, I cant feel anything.

Then

Who was screaming for help?

Me !

He says man do you have a good set of lungs.

They transport us too shore and we get to meet the ambulance, Sannich, Oak Bay Fire rescue, along with members from the CCG and Oak bay Police along with Sannich police.

While standing in the parking lot of Victoria yacht club. Tryin to splain what happened. Club members that had gone out in search started to return. They be arriving with all the stuff that floated away. Including the tinny with 9.9 outboard attached. Everything was returned but one oar. The tinny however had been split open down the side.

Buddies pop was not happy and it took a few months working evenings for him to replace the boat and fix the power etc.

Fun Times.
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Great story, OFB! You're lucky to still be here.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:54 PM   #34
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OFB your story scared the crap outa me as I read it. Glad you made it!
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OFB.
Lived in Oak Bay around the same time and can relate. Lucky you pulled that one off - hypothemic water and a good rip tide! Yikes.
Gotta like being a teenager in a tinny with a 9.9 - life was complete! A few stories of running them around Shawnigan Lake but we will save that for another day.
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Old 05-01-2013, 04:30 AM   #36
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Whew! - lucky there OFB, amazing how load you can yell when you need to.

My closest call was in an old 1960's plywood runaboat, a locally built Australian boat with an 80hp Johnson outboard. I set off with my brother-in-law and a friend from the boat ramp early, planning to make it to the my secret spot at mouth of the Port River before high tide, when the snapper are always biting. It was still dark, clear with no wind, and the moon gave plenty of light. We cruised down the undeveloped mangrove lined North Arm, the Johnson purring nicely and getting the boat up on plane easily. Life was good!
I handed over the helm to Terry, my brother-in-law and pulled out my newly acquired handheld GPS to check the distance to the secret fishing spot. Turning onto the main shipping channel, the lights of the industrial complexes reflected beautifully on the mirror-like water. I was facing aft showing my buddy the GPS, and noticed we were cruising at about 20 knots. I was just thinking - This is a bit fast considering it is still dark; Maybe I should tell Terry to slow d....... WHAM!
We stopped dead in the water, and the 3 of us were hurled into the bulkhead with a wave of water flooding the cockpit. I picked myself up, trying to work out what happened. Surprisingly the boat was in one piece and we were not sinking. Everyone was still alive, although bruised and battered. I looked to see what we hit but there was no other boat in sight, no channel markers nearby, nothing floating in the water. What the #### did we hit? Terry had the air knocked out of him and was having trouble talking. "Big wave; A wall of water" he finally croaks. But how? We were still miles from the river mouth; No other boat to cause a wake. It doen't make sense.

After surveying the damage (cuts and bruises, fuel tank ripped out of hold down, compass destroyed by flying bodies, tackle box contents spread everywhere, but no apparent hull damage) we cleaned up, we continued on our way. It was getting light now and we had missed the turn of tide.
We looked at the big new complex on the riverside where they were building the Navy's new submarines. Then I realized what must have happened. I heard that they were beginning sea trials on these 250+ foot monster Collins class submarines. At the time they were the largest non-nuclear submarines in the world. They obviously throw out a big wake when they dive.
I still wonder if they saw us coming and had to take evasive action. Luckily I don't think they were armed yet.
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