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phelpo

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« Reply #30 on: September 11, 2010, 08:42:51 PM »
tom nice pics
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Old Snipe

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« Reply #31 on: September 15, 2010, 08:11:27 PM »
You want to talk about a bad day boating?  Check this out:

http://rsanityrvtravels.blogspot.com/2010/08/rescuing-rescuers.html

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« Reply #32 on: September 15, 2010, 09:21:51 PM »
I have a lot of respect for the Coasties who risk their lives in many cases to serve others.  Unfortunately they sometimes wind up risking their lives due to poorly educated boaters possibly operating poorly maintained or inadequately equipped vessels.  Over many years of boating and listening to countless hours of marine VHF channel 16, we heard a little bit of everything.  Once I remember a boater calling the Coast Guard saying their anchor was dragging.  The weather was nice and the caller was somewhere around the waterway.
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Old Snipe

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« Reply #33 on: September 16, 2010, 07:44:44 AM »
You're right John.  I've seen many dumb things, too.  We call it: "Saving the Boaters from Themselves".  ;D

At least it's steady work...and it paid for my RV.  People ask me why did I get an RV instead of a boat?   I tell them when I break down, at least I can walk for help.

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« Reply #34 on: September 16, 2010, 12:22:21 PM »
I once, as a teen, took a 21' whaler off the coast of SC to fish, after leaving the second fuel tank sitting in the 7-11 parking lot. That was an Oh Crap Day! Got towed back by another friendly fisherman. All's well that ends well.
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« Reply #35 on: September 16, 2010, 05:17:16 PM »
Quick story...

I was relocated to Orlando from Dallas and we had our 28' sailboat transported from Lake Texoma to a marina on the Florida west coast (north of Hudson Bend).  I had a slip arranged in Hudson Bend so I made arrangements for myself to single-hand the boat offshore from point a to point b (our new marina.)

It wasn't a long trip - forgot how long it should have been.  Left in the afternoon and got about a mile offshore and went hard aground on a falling tide (it is very shallow there.)  No water, no food - it was going to be a short trip.  All of the provisions were safely locked up in the car ashore  ::).

Called our new marina on the VHF asking for my cooler to be brought out to the boat.  No problem - it will be xx$ an hour.  Fine - I'm hungry and thirsty - whatever.  He came out in a dingy (I'm about a mile offshore and the new marina was a couple of miles south) that won't plane - it had like a 5 or 6 horse motor on the transom.  An hour later he comes out to my hard aground sailboat to get the keys to unlock the car.  Back to shore.  Unlock the car, grab the cooler.  Dingy the cooler to me.  Dingy back.  The meter is running.

Then Florida Marine Patrol stops by and informs me I can't anchor in the channel.  I was hot, tired, hungry, thirsty, embarrassed - it was a darn good thing I didn't have a weapon of mass destruction handy.

Jane was safely and comfortably housed back in Orlando so I felt the need to share my misery (we do like company.)  Further adding to the expense of the weekend I phoned her via the marine operator.  I'll bet everybody listening had a good laugh, so did we when the bill arrived.

As I recall, I did throw out the anchor, spent the night in the channel (not a busy one fortunately) and putted in the next morning to our new marina.
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phelpo

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« Reply #36 on: September 16, 2010, 07:52:36 PM »
ok one of my stupid boating mess ups, (no blodd involved in this one)  the dw and I buy a
32' Downeaster and sail it out of West Palm Beach, since we were from Wyoming we promised
ourselves we would not do any overnighters til we got better at sailing.  Well we are sailing along down the coast going south, and after many hours stop a water tower, great we'll know where we are......well we hardly moved much down the coast due to the current.  Current,
what is that, that is supposed to be in rivers, right?  Well sure enought the sun goes down
and we have not reached our portyet, even with the diesel running, so turn on the light so those fishing folks can see us, well the darn port light will not come on, so I turn on the house lights,  finally we get to the entrance we are looking for and slowly turn into the intercoastal,
but where to go?  It is like midnight now so we turn south and run into the coastguard inspecting a go fast boat, next they pull us over and board us, great.....ask what the heck are you doing out here at this time, I tell them that is a damn good question,  anyway we ak where
a marina is and he says well I can't recomend anyone but if you go under the next drawbridge
you might find one, sure enought there was one and we ran smack damn into a piling and bent
the life lines,
 
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phelpo

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« Reply #37 on: September 16, 2010, 07:54:20 PM »
oh and by the way I got the ram out and the hoses off and have new ones coming from
Rvleveling.....
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« Reply #38 on: September 17, 2010, 01:54:10 AM »
You guys are making me nervous.  Looking at moving from
sail to RV  and guess I better hurry before my luck runs out.
only problem is that damn pond.  maybe they ought to build
a bridge.....
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« Reply #39 on: September 17, 2010, 07:19:42 AM »
Rick lots of ex-boaters and current boaters here.  Our Horizon was supposed to be a used 42' Nordhaven - my plan was to take it to Europe and cruise around there for a couple of years.  I even had a marina picked out in London  ???
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Old Snipe

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« Reply #40 on: September 17, 2010, 12:47:23 PM »
London!  I love London.  So does my wife, especially Harrod's.   :o

That must be some story, going from the plans for sailing around Europe, to becoming a Rancher in TX. 

We're glad you did, you've become quite an expert resource for us Winnie owners!  ;)

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« Reply #41 on: September 17, 2010, 01:13:10 PM »
When I hear these sailing stories, I realize (1) how lucky I've been never to have been bitten by the bug and (2) how much like work sailing is.

I did have a tragic incident at sea once, though:  I was at the observation deck bar on the Holland America SS Amsterdam, off the coast of Alaska, listing to starboard (me, not the Amsterdam) when the bartender accidentally spilled the last bottle of Jack Daniels while refilling the peanut bowls!  I was forced to survive on nothing but food and water until the ship made land at Skagway and a new supply was brought aboard.  I still have nightmares!......
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« Reply #42 on: September 17, 2010, 05:08:10 PM »
Paul - thanks!!

Bob & Sue - I feel your pain!  I vividly remember when the sun deck bar on one of the Seaborne ships ran out of Mount Gay rum   ;D :o - we were there!  Jane and I have maybe a dozen or 15 (20?) cruises behind us - we have over 100 days on Seaborne Cruise Line alone.
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Bob.n.Sue

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« Reply #43 on: September 17, 2010, 05:58:13 PM »
Sad, Sad story John.  If I'd have had to go without for the whole rest of the cruise instead of just to Skagway, they would have had to lash me to the disco ball!

phelpo

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« Reply #44 on: September 22, 2010, 09:33:43 AM »
Well yesterday I replaced the two hyd lines in the bedroom.   Purchased them from Rvleveling
I had a friend at the park help me, I pushed the new lines thru the framing to the outside
and attached the lines to the ram.   He pushed and I pulled the lines back until the two
allen headed holes were correct.  Attached these bolts with locktight and reattached the lines
to the org lines in the engine compartment.   Greasy, greasy, what a mess,  anyway it was time to flip the switch to push the ram out to the end of the slide, (prayed) and yes it went out
slowly,  finally got the large bolt and cover attached and then returned the slide.   It took a
while due to the line having to drain itself of air.  But it worked.   I have no idea what the cost would have been if I took it to a repair shop.  But  the two lines were about $40 each.  I covered the lines with the plastic wrap, just like the factory did.

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« Reply #45 on: September 22, 2010, 12:43:33 PM »
Good job - did you take pictures?
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phelpo

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« Reply #46 on: September 23, 2010, 05:53:42 AM »
John, you are the leader, and as a good soldier I followed your orders.  Now I need to figure out how to up load them......I only got a string...Damn :'(

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