Discussion in 'Popular Yacht Topics' started by CaptEvan, Jan 25, 2007.
On the bumper of the car stands: "If you can read this, I`ve lost my trailer"
From what I understand, the driver of the boat did not own it, was drunk, and had kids on the boat. He is rumored on St. Maarten to be a former drug runner, who rolled on his "esteemed colleagues" and was relocated to SXM under witness protection.
Ok, back to the fun & games. I'll go out on a limb and poke fun at myself. Though I wasn't at the wheel, I was right next to it on a north bound ICW trip. Naturally, the wind was howling and their was a moon tide. The whole area was (slightly) covered with water at the time but we were dead center of the channel. I saw a stream coming out from the bank on our port side & told my friend to come slightly over to stbd. Just then......Whammo That is one hell of a scary feeling! You can see the TowboatUS guy just as ashamed because moments after coming along side, he too was stuck. By the time we got out of there, their were two other stuck sport fishers next to him and several more cruisers waiting about a 1/4 mile away.
Exactly where was that grounding, I want to mark it on my charts. LoL
Actually, I always say that you're not a real boater unless you've grounded at least once. Well, I have, just like Dave. Coming across Moriches Inlet (south shore of Long Island, NY), on the inside, I see up ahead a towboat and about 6 other boats, milling around. No sooner did I pull the throttle back, WHAMO!, I was hard aground, IN THE CHANNEL! I became victim number 7. Apparently boats were getting stuck on the outbound tide. The towboat came over and tried to pull us off, but I was afraid the boat would tip over 34' flybridge, not pretty on her side). So we set the anchors and waited for the flood. Limped home with a dinged prop, bent shaft, and crushed pride.
Now I'm a real boater.
m/v alba grounded
how could this have happened!!
"Captain, where was the pilot?"
"Bloody islands just floating around at will without notifying the chart makers. Just wait until I see that Bassani fellow.."
The area is called Palm Valley. It's just south of Jacksonville, about 8 or so miles south of the crossroads with the St. John's river. We limped up to a really nice marina (3 or so miles from the crossroads). The TowBoatUS guy was absolutely fantastic. He did the diving and ran the prop over to the repair place within an hour. He picked it up the next afternoon & had it back on the boat in no time. The poor guy was leaving in two days for Iraq.
My favorite saying: There are captains who have run aground and there are the other captains who will.
Words of Wisdom
If you haven't run aground, you haven't been around!
Next one: "I ever wanted to have a yacht with a swordfish look."
After all not a good idea to call the company Titanic...
Looks to me that you already made the decision. I did see the photos, and the captions were not funny (okay, maybe the first one about the bbq was).
I just think Capt Evan was trying too hard. Hey Capt, we're a friendly bunch here, but we do respect people's property and do have compassion for bad situations. Of course, when someone does something a bit darwinian (new word, just ask President Bush), we like to share it. Browse around and observe a little, you'll get the hang of it.
Will Greenpeace help?
Guess what happend here:
Thanks Dave. That will be noted on my paper charts as "Dave's Shoal".
Honey, this looks like a good time to drop the anchor!
I am going to try to look for the other pictures of that boat. There were several angles I saw including a few interior shots. What's funny is what was pointed out on the site where I saw it. If you looked at the interior damage but then looked at the personel effects scattered about the cabin, you could see some, well, "marital aids" as well as a bra with very realistic rubber *****. Makes you wonder what the capt. & mate were up to at the time of the accident
Wow, does that photo bring back memories. Ran my dads 36' sport fish aground in the grand river (mich) only problem is I didnt have tides to blame. Nothing to blame but myself. I wish I had all the money back Ive spent on bent props over the years.
Whats worse is Ive done the same thing with my sail boat (different spot). Just as easy to ground but a lot harder to get back off.
The only good thing is around hear the bottom is all sand so it usually does not hurt too bad.
Well tested by trial and error 1994
Hello sorry to dig up an old post, but I thought it may be relevant!
48 knots versus Black Jack Rocks.
Wrong side of big flashing light.