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Old 03-26-2018, 01:24 PM   #41
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Old 03-26-2018, 04:49 PM   #42
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Well the best laid plans of mice and men oft times go awry.


Damn weathermen.


We were all set to leave, boat started as it should, the radio call to the railroad bridge operator said they would raise it ASAP, so we undid the lines and pulled out of the slip. Winds were predicted to be about 15mph. Not too bad.


We took off, got about 10 miles down the river and the winds were really starting to pick up. Dammit. I'm guessing the winds were blowing about 25 with some higher gusts. When the boat is rocked to the side by the wind gusts you know it's starting to howl.


I decided I didn't want to continue because going through the locks in high winds is no fun and an easy way to get gelcoat damage by being slammed into the lock walls. Gelcoat vs concrete is no contest. Gelcoat always loses.


So, discretion being the better part of valor, I'm sitting in my living room watching the fireplace and listening to the wind howl. We'll keep an eye on the weather and if it doesn't let up soon we may have to postpone the trip until after we get back from a week long trip to AZ.


Damn weathermen.




OH, and to BandB, the jitters tend to make me more positive. I know I can do it and many times have proven it to myself. Just today, when we got back to the slip (I back in) there was a strong wind coming from the stbd aft quarter. Probably as strong a wind as I've ever backed against.


Came in under power, faster than I think I've ever come in before and nailed it perfectly on the first shot. Even my Admiral commented how surprised she was at the speed I was moving when backing it in.


I love it when sh!t happens and it happens in my direction! <Giving a big fist pump here!>
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Old 03-26-2018, 10:19 PM   #43
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Sorry about the weather setback. I admire and respect your wisdom. My wife would really appreciate it.
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Old 03-26-2018, 10:34 PM   #44
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Good move, Mike. That comes from being on point and paying attention to your surroundings.

Sometimes it amazes me how oblivious some folks are to the environment and changing conditions around them. I've found that those types don't make good boaters or pilots...but they can have lots of fun up until that point when their oblivion catches up to them.

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Old 03-27-2018, 01:14 AM   #45
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Iím confident about knowing my abilities and find much satisfaction in exercising them. Single handing as I do, I get the jitters about the things I canít control. Weather is a big one. Only so much I can do, only so many plans I can conceive. For the most part, itís positive and keeps me out of trouble mostly. Mostly.

Remember coming into my home dock on a windy day. Harbormaster moseyed over to lend a hand, which in my home dock, donít typically need. No real pressure, but with some wind felt like I wanted to absolutely grease the landing. Came in just as the right pace, nosed over the hard rudder, opposing transmissions. She swung just right, but a little shy, idled and the wind took up the difference. Quick bump in gear and she settles into the slip, wind and all, did not so much as kiss either finger pier. Perfect. Harbormaster tells me he does not see many quite like that, honestly impressed. I took my compliment, backed out of the slip and proceeded to land one slip up. Not quite as perfect, but decent. In all the excitement I lost track of where I was and went into my neighbors slip by mistake.

Moral of this story is that skills are great, but humility will get you further.
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Old 03-27-2018, 01:27 AM   #46
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... In all the excitement I lost track of where I was and went into my neighbors slip by mistake.

Moral of this story is that skills are great, but humility will get you further.
Wrong berth? That's nothing. Once I mistakenly began entering the neighboring yacht club marina. Reversed before fully entering as the first mate noted the error.
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Old 03-27-2018, 11:04 AM   #47
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Wrong berth? That's nothing. Once I mistakenly began entering the neighboring yacht club marina. Reversed before fully entering as the first mate noted the error.
Now THAT is funny. I've done a lot of funny stuff but never that one.

The wind is blowing like hell today. We're supposed to get gusts in the 30's but then simmer down tomorrow.

We are having the family over Sunday for Easter dinner, then in early April we're taking off for AZ for a week or so. This trip may have to wait until mid April.

Damn Weather Gods!
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I get a little jittery docking. I get a little jittery coming into a crowded anchorage (That has more to do with finding a spot and ensuring that I end up where I want to be, once the anchor is set). I've been doing both for many, many years. It has nothing to do with experience, repetition or muscle memory. I only get jittery leaving the dock under unusual or extreme circumstances, such as leaving a gas dock, when there is only a few feet between the boat in front or back (or...gulp...both). Sometimes navigating in tight quarters with strong winds. Like pulling out of a slip with a strong cross-wind pushing me into the boat next to me.
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Not having a boat Yet but seriously looking in the 45-50í range, I am all kinds of anxious for things I havenít even done yet....We do operate a 45 Ď motorhome throughout the US, I can tell you that we get pretty comfortable sitting in a beautiful campsite, slides and awning out, BBQ set up etc...On moving day , packing up, navigating tight turns, possible mechanical issues, just the general travel prep creates some nerves. After the first hour or so I settle in and couldnít be happier, I suspect boating will have a similar feel...Enjoy each moment...
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Hey Mike ol' buddy! I get the jitters too, especially crossing the bar and heading north. I can't sleep the night before.

We are heading your way in May. I am worried about the narrow channels and I am a lock virgin.

Have a good trip. Be safe and if you need anything give us a ring.....
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** Some of the things that give me the jitters and or P me off **

Realizing you left your spouse or significant other, on the dock.
Close quarter maneuvering
Docking/undocking
Line handler(s) who do not wait for directions of the person at the helm. Trying up is a joint effort. Single handing brings back the old say, "You have no one to blame but yourself."
Backing into or out of a slip
Green water over the bow
Traversing an unfamiliar cut
Sleeping while anchored

** Guests onboard **



Unruly children onboard (their one and only trip) That "oops, I forgot", goes only so far on a boat.
Children who think they don't need to wear a PFD and parents who do not contain their kids (on their one and only trip)
Adults who do not listen or get drunk (on their one and only trip)
People who plug up the only head on board (on their one and only trip)

That's a start.
Yeah, all o those.
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Only when changing countries
Only when coming into a tight fuel dock.
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Hey Mike ol' buddy! I get the jitters too, especially crossing the bar and heading north. I can't sleep the night before.

We are heading your way in May. I am worried about the narrow channels and I am a lock virgin.

Have a good trip. Be safe and if you need anything give us a ring.....
Klondike Bars. Klondike Bars. Klondike Bars. You get the picture.

I hope your plans include overnighting in the Tri Cities. If you belong to a yacht club I'll make arrangements for freebie moorage at our club. If not, I'll make arrangements for you at my marina which is right next to the club.

The first round is on me at Ice Harbor brewing which is on the island where both marinas are.

Also, if you need transportation while you're here just let me know. I'll run you all over town to get what you need.

As far as the locks go, if you want my main piece of advice for using the locks just let me know that too. I closely guard that secret so others don't take advantage of it and me.
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I get the jitters all the time. It just means that I am ready for the challenge. Whenever I feel calm and confident, I know I must not be ready. In college when I went into a test feeling on top of, I would usually blow it. If I came in scared I would ace it.

Same thing flying, for a day prior to a cross country trip my bowels and stomach are screwed up. Once the engine is started, I am calm and on top of everything.

Only thing that is different is public speaking where I just "disappear" prior to the event and reemerge after I step away from the mike. I have to ask others how I did because I have no memory of it...unless I really screw up....THAT I can remember though would prefer I didnt. Guess it means I am full of crap so it is easy to lie..
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Klondike Bars. Klondike Bars. Klondike Bars. You get the picture.

I hope your plans include overnighting in the Tri Cities. If you belong to a yacht club I'll make arrangements for freebie moorage at our club. If not, I'll make arrangements for you at my marina which is right next to the club.

The first round is on me at Ice Harbor brewing which is on the island where both marinas are.

Also, if you need transportation while you're here just let me know. I'll run you all over town to get what you need.

As far as the locks go, if you want my main piece of advice for using the locks just let me know that too.
Well I think we will have to stop in Tri-Cities!!! I am a yacht club member, but John is not. Discuss when we get closer to departure date.

copy that on Klondike Bars!!

Any words of wisdom on Locks and stopping points and for that fact any other issue, please let me know (here or PM) and I can pass it on to Pairadice.
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Getting the "jitters" is caused by a healthy respect for SA. (Situational Awareness) Weather, vessel's seaworthiness, your ability, vessel's mechanical & electronics condition, and preparing for the unknown.

I don't want to ride with any skipper that says he never gets the 'jitters." I get the "jitters" every time I take the boat out and, conversely, experience the "euphoria" when I'm safely back in my slip. Those feelings are what keeps me and my passengers safe!
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Tom, in addition to Klondike bars, I checked and Alaska Amber is available in the Tri Cities!
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I sent you a PM.

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Tom, in addition to Klondike bars, I checked and Alaska Amber is available in the Tri Cities!
LOL Yes sir it is. Klondike Bars and AA. Perfect world.....

Ken It will be an honor to sit down with you and Mike with Miss Tina and discuss the hardships of retirement!!
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that I'm not just a BBBBB (big boobed blue eyed blonde bimbo),
What a great description of one's self! Any pics?
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