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Old 07-13-2017, 04:32 AM   #81
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Wifey B: Oh we had 110' waves on Lake Norman every 4th of July. They were so tall they'd hit the sky and cause lights of all colors to go off in the sky and loud sounds.
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WifeyB. We have that in south Florida on the same day. Wow, what a coincidence.
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I have posted this video before. It is 100 miles through GOM chop in my 25' Blackfin. My late wife piloted the whole way perched on top of the leaning post. That boat has one sweet ride.

Of course, that's also the difference between 7 knots and 24 knots.

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I have posted this video before. It is 100 miles through GOM chop in my 25' Blackfin. My late wife piloted the whole way perched on top of the leaning post. That boat has one sweet ride.

Of course, that's also the difference between 7 knots and 24 knots.
Wifey B: I like her style, just let me put this thing up on top and go, go, go. What's a little bit of waves anyway? I bet she was even enjoying it. We see center consoles crossing to and from the Bahamas every time we're out, regardless of conditions. It's like, if it's ok for us, it's ok for them. I can't help but laugh comparing that video to the "harrowing" one.
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Wifey B: I like her style, just let me put this thing up on top and go, go, go. What's a little bit of waves anyway? I bet she was even enjoying it. We see center consoles crossing to and from the Bahamas every time we're out, regardless of conditions. It's like, if it's ok for us, it's ok for them. I can't help but laugh comparing that video to the "harrowing" one.
You're right. She did love to run that boat. She was my equal in boating in every way. There was no auto pilot. She hand steered all the way. However, the way the Blackfin tracks very little steering involved. We were on our way to the Chandeleur Islands off Louisiana for a little fishing. After a days fishing running back in she would hand the wheel over to me. Even in 4' slop she would lay across a bench and sleep all the way back.
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You're right. She did love to run that boat. She was my equal in boating in every way. There was no auto pilot. She hand steered all the way. However, the way the Blackfin tracks very little steering is involved. We were on our way to the Chandeleur Islands off Louisiana for a little fishing. After a days fishing running back in she would hand the wheel over to me. Even in 4' slop she would lay across a bench and sleep all the back.
Wifey B: My kind of woman. Thanks for sharing the incredible memories.
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If you guys were fishing why did you bypass that platform on your starboard side.

It looked like you were following a sport fisherman back in?

How was the fishing?
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Irv we would fish the rigs quite often, but this was a trip to try out the red fish, mackerel, and other inshore fishing. I didn't put the heavier tackle on the boat. The fishing is usually good, and it was. The Chandeleur Islands are the fishiest looking place on the Gulf Coast. Around the rigs if offshore we would be hunting for tuna. Inshore smoker kings. (they could smoke a reel).

Northern Gulf Coast area is really good fishing. I had my Blackfin down there 9 years. I just got tired of dodging hurricanes, so brought her home. I can fish off the Sabre, but it's not the same. Sometimes we troll some lines going over to the Bahamas. Especially if some good weed lines develop. Then we anchor at Great Sale Cay, and cook fresh fish for dinner.
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Our last harrowing crossing of the Gulf Stream, leaving from No Name Harbor at daybreak and bashing our way to Gun Cay! (We were in a sailboat. No powerboat would have survived!).
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Great stories Don, et al. Keep em coming!
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Slow and easy ain't too bad, and a 42 Bertram ain't too sleazy either.
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Our last harrowing crossing of the Gulf Stream, leaving from No Name Harbor at daybreak and bashing our way to Gun Cay!


The horror!

(That's so awesome)
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Irv the sports fisher we were following (actually catching) belonged to our good friends Jenks and Alice Parker. We were making the trip together. It was a 31' Gulf Stream with twin 250 hp B series Cummins. It was named Pointer because they owned a hunting plantation in South Alabama. We called Alice AJ because her name was Alice Jean. Sadly, both she and my wife, Anne, have passed away. They were both great sports and we had much fun together.

I guess I may as well put in a plug for Jenks' hunting lodge. If you like to wing shoot like I do, you will enjoy it.

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Is this considered harrowing?

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Is this considered harrowing?

https://youtu.be/XqaVFTZub_w
You were on board?

If so, yes.

If not, then
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.... Yea.... I made that video.
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Why did you guys chose to go out when you knew there was a hurricane in your path?
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Don. The best fishing I ever had was in my 25' Pursuit. I docked it at my house in Key Largo and fished both coasts of Florida and the Bahamas. Great fun. While fishing Wahoo and high speed rolling in Cat Cay we had to get back to Miami. Wind was from the ne at 30 knots, we came anyway, 15 footers. Lots of fun.
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Why did you guys chose to go out when you knew there was a hurricane in your path?
This was passed on to me by a marine engineer who worked in the field, still has many friendsvthere and pulled some of this from g Captain............

Because his employer, Transatlantic Lines, and its owner Gudmundur Kjaernested are probably the most despised bunch working under the US flag. The ships are rustbuckets and are probably the most often detained by the CG.

They sold the Geysir (the ship in the video) after it was deemed unseaworthy. The replacement is the Transatlantic which last I heard a few weeks ago was tied up by the CG for maintenance problems. The company may be out of business this week, word on the street is they haven't made payroll in a couple of months.

Read the posts by former TAL crew in this thread: TransAtlantic Lines - Your Experiences? - Maritime Employment - gCaptain Forum

It is worth slogging through the garbage to get to the stories.

"You, my friend, did not read enough then. I sailed on her for 5 trips. They do not care for their ship or crew. We asked for a 12 hour delay to get behind a hurricane, they said no. We got slammed by that storm. The 2600hp main runs off of hopes and prayers and they're always having to change out liners or something else involving the main. I went on because I had to. I was down to my last penny, if the ship sank and I died.... no bills, if I lived then I could pay bills haha. Waters leaks out the aft peak tank but no one knows where it goes to or where it leakes from, they always have fuel spills, the wheelhouse is anything but water tight and with her load always being light and she has a flat bottom, she rolls in 3' seas like you're in a gale. She never leaves the dock on time because of issues and to be honest, I have no idea how she passes inspections. The AC went out and we went a couple of trips without it, it was still out when I got off and I had to listen to a guy say "I never had AC growing up, you'll survive" The funny part, he never sailed. When you asked the guys who worked on the beach and treated you like a slave to make 1 trip to the Azores in Dec or Jan, they would say "hell no, maybe in the summer," they know what the deal is. She's not a safe ship."[/COLOR]
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