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Old 05-03-2016, 08:34 PM   #1
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nominal's Hitchhiking Adventure

As a new TF member and someone considering living aboard and cruising, I put out a post for anyone in the Houston area who might be able to give me a ride on their trawler. Thanks to quick thinking by dimer2, my inquiry turned into an opportunity to crew for a TF member who was unexpectedly running solo on his return to Texas. 48 hours and 500 miles after dimer2 reached out to me, I pulled into the marina in Destin, FL and met rainman and "Rhino," a very cool Jarvis Newmann 46.

Adventure often requires a reckless element, and mine will be no exception. I left my truck in Florida with no real plan to retrieve it. Perhaps a long bus ride will be the price I pay for this opportunity, but those details are best left for another day. Today, we cruise.

After a night of great hospitality in Destin, we set off Tuesday morning on the back side of some localized storms. I spent about half the day at the helm, and had a great time. The wind and the waves were mild, so I'm absolutely going to buy a trawler and move aboard. (Ask me again after 3-foot seas in Mobile Bay tomorrow!) Really though, this is a great opportunity to see how I handle the ride.

Of course, I'll add some photos after I put a charge on my dying phone. For now I just want to say thanks to dimer2 and rainman for the adventure!
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Old 05-04-2016, 12:16 AM   #2
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A welcome sight after nine hours in my truck - Destin!


"Rhino" stands ready to go.


rainman had the perfect slip for the night.


The storms clear out and we're underway.


New friends swimming and jumping alongside.
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Old 05-04-2016, 04:57 AM   #3
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Old 05-04-2016, 06:15 AM   #4
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Yep, I see a lot of time on Yachtworld in your future! I will PM you the name of the best broker in Houston as you going to need one!
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Old 05-04-2016, 04:08 PM   #5
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Why didn't you just fly or Bus there to begin with? Now you're making the trip three times (Truck out, Bus to pick up truck, truck back home again). That is round trip fuel in the truck PLUS a bus ride or flight.

A bus or flight on the first leg would have made the trip once. Too late now, but just a thought.
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Why didn't you just fly or Bus there to begin with? Now you're making the trip three times (Truck out, Bus to pick up truck, truck back home again). That is round trip fuel in the truck PLUS a bus ride or flight.

A bus or flight on the first leg would have made the trip once. Too late now, but just a thought.
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Old 05-04-2016, 05:48 PM   #7
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He might catch a boat back.
That's a very good possibility! With everyone on the gulf coast starting their summer cruises he might just find another boat needing his services!
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Shrew, logic has no place in my adventures. I hopped in my truck an hour after first talking to rainman. I did much of the drive to Eastbound and Down from Smokey and the Bandit. It's all part of the fun. :-)
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Like someone said..........."you're HOOKED"! And Rhino is a great boat to learn on!
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Rhino is a beast. I can't believe dimer2 sold her.

We did 11 hours today, including around four hours of zig-zagging because our desired course put the wind and 3-foot seas directly on our beam. We initially tried riding it out, but Rhino let us know she was unhappy with loud noises from below. rainman is gonna have to find a better way to secure the refrigerator.

Apart from tacking like a sailboat for a good part of the day, today was pretty satisfying. After the nasty rolling action, the rest didn't seem too bad. I handled it okay, including some time below taking inventory of the drawers that emptied themselves. I found some potato chips and a tasty granola bar, but I'm not sure that's why he sent me to check on the galley...
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Beware! It's a disease!
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If you all stop in Houma, La. on the way home let me know, if I can I'll drop by the dock, I met Rainman as he was heading East with Blue & Michelle earlier this year!
Same goes for other TF members stopping in Houma.
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That is so cool. I salute your impulsiveness!

And hats off to rainman and dimer2 for allowing such an adventure.
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The first two hours of day 2. Blissful...


The next nine. Yeehaw!
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With that N wind blowing you're not going to get any thunderstorms but Miss. Sound is gonna be interesting just like Mobile bay! Anchoring along the Islands in the sound will be rough going! If you don't mind running in those conditions then you're born to be a trawler cruiser! Enjoy your trip!
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With that N wind blowing you're not going to get any thunderstorms but Miss. Sound is gonna be interesting just like Mobile bay! Anchoring along the Islands in the sound will be rough going! If you don't mind running in those conditions then you're born to be a trawler cruiser! Enjoy your trip!

I pounded through the Mississippi Sound last year with strong winds on the nose, and it really sucked! But you have more boat under you...

Have fun!!!
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" rainman is gonna have to find a better way to secure the refrigerator"

The refrigerator and drawers are designed to break loose at a roll of 12.7 degrees, allowing the contents then roll to the centerline, lowering the center of gravity. It's a safety feature lesser boats don't normally have
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Safety Feature - ACTIVATED. LOL!
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Nominal, pass the word to rainman that the Terra Verde, Fl crew miss the happy hours in Rhino's aft deck.
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Nominal, pass the word to rainman that the Terra Verde, Fl crew miss the happy hours in Rhino's aft deck.
Will do! He was telling me about a couple on a beautiful Hatteras down there. Is that you guys?
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