Here, Boaty, Boat, Boat

Discussion in 'Boating Stories' started by blackwaterkatz, Sep 14, 2005.

  1. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    I may as well tell it and see if the world really does laugh with you.
    I decided to go fishing after lunch today. Ophelia had passed by, the rain seemed to be gone, and the wind, though gusty wasn't too bad, and should get better as the day goes by, right.
    So I load up everything, bait, ice, etc and head out, even stopped and bought a box of nightcrawlers. The river has fallen over the past few days, and I always have pretty good luck catching channels around creek mouths with nightcrawlers under those conditions.
    So I get to the landing, make ready, nobody around but me. I release the winch strap and safety chain, tie dock line to trailer, so I can float boat off, then pull back up and get the boat without getting my feet wet. Guess What?
    A gust of wind catches the boat broadside, and tightens the rope, and I watch helplessly in the mirror as the knot comes undone just as pretty as can be....like magic!
    Stop truck, jump out, but boat is some 50' away and getting smaller. I could have jumped in and tried to swim to it, but I have a lung disease, and don't trust myself, especially being there alone. So I followed the boat on down the bank, expecting it to be blown to shore by the wind, but for some reason, though the wind was blowing in my direction, the boat stayed about 50-60' off the bank. No problem, there is a sand bar about a 1/4 mile down the river; surely it will stop there.
    What's that now, but a dead tree sticking way out in the water as I round a slight bend. The boat almost cleared, when a limb got hung in a rod holder, and there it stayed. The tree limbs were to badly rotted to trust going out on, lots of debris floating against it, so I didn't want to end up in the water.
    Can't get a signal on my cell phone, so I head back to my truck to call for help. I have to drive my truck back up on the highway and bridge in order to get a cell signal, but finally get in touch with wife at home; thankfully she hadn't left yet for grocery shopping.
    "Listen good, may lose signal. Let grandson (Bigboy) and friend hook small boat up and meet me at boat landing ASAP." Then, of course, the embarrassing questions: what happened, etc. "Just hurry, ok?"
    So about 45 minutes later, here comes the cavalry, right on time. Of course the first question was, "Well, did you catch any fish?" :glare:
    Seriously, I remained amazingly calm. :mad: Unloaded the duracraft, and went downriver, climbed into Key West, carefully tying off second boat first , cranked motor, then loosened limb from rod holder. Idled back to landing with both boats, and fortunately had no problems loading them up and returning home with tail tucked between legs. I decided maybe the Lord was telling me not to go fishing today. I'll try it again tomorrow, but for sure will tie a more secure knot!
     
  2. Catbird

    Catbird New Member

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    Glad you got your boat back in one piece. I had a latch (on end of rope) fail while loading my boat. The Ohio River was up and cranking. I barely managed to run up on bank and dive straddeling boat...lol If I hadn't, no telling where it would of ended up. It was at night with a lot of logs, barrels, tires, ect. floating down the river.
     

  3. loop

    loop New Member

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    Sorry to hear about all the trouble but it not like noboby else has ever had a knot come undone.Thats why I have a snap on my line an a eyelit to snap it into.
    Loop
     
  4. scout

    scout Member

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    Hey Tommy, glad to hear that you got your boat back ok. I see from your profile pic that you have a Key West center console. Nice to see that someone on the site has a boat similar to mine. I have a 17 foot Scout center console with a 115 Yamaha on it and really do love it. I had looked at the Key West 1720 and alot of other brands before deciding on the Scout. Good luck on your next fishing trip.
     
  5. flaboy

    flaboy New Member

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    Tommy, glad youd didn't go swimmin after it. a lot of people have had tragic results when they tried to outswim the wind!
    shucks, I've had enough problems just tryin to out paddle the wind in canoe, 3-4' waves and 25-30 mph wind. LOL :eek:
    last time I had my boat drift free like that a 17ft Key West rescued the situation so don't think your the first!
    GLAD YOUR OK!!
    next time will be better.
     
  6. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    I will put a snap on that dockline before I return alone, guys. The whole thing was kind of funny after it was all over, but it sure messed up my afternoon of fishing. I'm one that always tries to plan ahead where safety is concerned. I guess I was a little anxious to get on the water and didn't check the knot, but no harm done, except to my ego.
     
  7. jim

    jim New Member

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    TOMMY.VERY GOOD call for you not to try and swim after it.I did that exact thing with my small bass boat once but fortunately it was on a lake at a busy ramp and it was rescued by another very amused bass fisherman who had just launched.Now I had a snap on that line also but to put on the snap you have to tie, GUESS WHAT a knot.Jus t goes to show you have to check every little detail if you own a boat,no matter how tired you are.My Army training always stressed that your equipment came first then you.Looks like we might be able to get a group together in Oct, maybe hire a guide for a day,what do you think?
     
  8. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    Yeah, I felt pretty good about the decision not to swim. I had a rope in the tool box, but if I had tied on something heavy enough to reach the boat, it may have caused collateral damage, lol.
    I went back fishing today, but I tied a very secure bowline hitch with a snap, and double-checked it! The fishing was slow, but I managed 4 blues and a nice channel, probably 10# that broke of as I was trying to get him in the boat. Also managed a few extra bluegills for supper tonight.
    That October trip sounds good to me, Jim, just let me know where and when.
     
  9. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    Well, there was the time I was loading my big, 20' center-console Robalo onto my trailer at the intercoastal waterway just below Clearwater, Florida. I had backed the trailer into the water, and all my dad had to do was start the truck, put it in first gear, and pull the boat out, once I had it on the trailer. Reverse isn't a good gear when the rear wheels of the vehicle are sitting in the edge of the water. By the time he managed to stop it, the entire floor of the truck bed was under water. The truck was in 4WD fortunately, so it pulled out just fine. And it took a lot longer than I would have though for the bed to rust out. Of course, I never had anything like that happen to me, unless you count things like the time I launched a jonboat over the bank and forgot to put the vehicle in park. I heard a 'sploosh' behind me, and there was my poor little Subaru, sitting up to the floorboards in water. Just pure luck there wasn't deep water off the bank right there.
     
  10. TDawgNOk

    TDawgNOk Gathering Monitor (Instigator)

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    suggestion - SISAL rope or one that is twisted not braided. Then put one end through your snap, and then splice the end back into the main rope. It will NOT pull out then. If you don't know how to splice rope, take it to your local boy scout troop. Ask them to teach you.
     
  11. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    I have to agree with you, Tony, on the sisal rope. I have a store-bought nylon rope, and it doesn't take well to an overhand knot, sorta stiff. I tied a bowline in it (from a chart when I used to be a cubmaster, lol) and I don't think I will have any more trouble.
    Jtrew, I sympathize with you about sinking your vehicle. I sank my Bronco once at this same landing on a sub-freezing day, with ice along the bank, water temp probably in low 40's. Strained my back trying to stop rolling vehicle, took 2 attempts to hook chain to front bumper in chest deep water after help arrived, due to cold and inability to function in cold water, spent 3-1/2 months out of work due to back problems, etc, etc....but that's another long story.
     
  12. zmany2k

    zmany2k New Member

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    i've gone swimming after a pole once, but never a truck or a boat. i need to move on up in the world so i can have some good stories like that.
     
  13. micus

    micus New Member

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    I'd just pulled into a ramp and was piddling with something in the boat when a guy backed down the ramp, tapped his brakes, boat did what it was supposed to do, and the rope proceeded to break in the middle from age, etc. I got his boat for him, had a laugh but learned a lesson. Keep track on how that rope is aging or wearing.

    Mike Stoops
     
  14. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    The better quality poly ropes often have a plastic fid packaged with the rope. All you have to do to make a loop is stick the end of the rope inside the fid, then run the fid inside the hollow rope for a foot or so and bring it back out. If you really want to make sure it doesn't come loose, you can run it inside even further, or bring it out after a foot, go up a few inches, then run it inside for a foot again, but I've never had one come loose with just the regular splice. If you have to use a knot, tie a bowlin to make a loop in the end of the rope, then slip the loop over the winch pedistal.
     
  15. SilverCross

    SilverCross New Member

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    In this mornings paper there is a story about a van, boat and trailer all sliding down a ramp at Clinton lake. It said no one was hurt but all you could see was about six inches of the vans antenae sticking up out of the water. The police has not released the name of the owner, but sounds like either a crappy beginning or ending.
     
  16. crmule

    crmule New Member

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    HI folks I am sure most of us have had a close call at a boat ramp ,eather slipping and landing on your rear or droping your boat on the ramp .well let me tell you that here in florida ramp watching is a sport .We pack a snack and drinks and go down to the local boat ramp on weekends to see the drunks and newbees load and unload their boats .You will not believe the stuff we see .One of the best is a power loading pro that over ran his trailer completly and loaded up in his pickup under the topper!
    Then he cussed the wife for backing up tooo far
    Down here the folks that don't have do fish on weekends don't go on the water so ramp wathcing is a way to wait out the weekend
    bewell and good ramp watching
    CR MULE
     
  17. Mutt

    Mutt Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    HEHE yea its fun to watch some of them people load and unload lol. My last time out I was watching this guy trying to load his boat first one he ever owned. I offered to give him some pointers and even help him to make it eaiser for him all I got was a very rude spewing of words and was shown I was number 1 and after a while he was cussing his wife lol. The wife and I sat there and watched for a while sure glad the ramp wasnt busy that day lol.
     
  18. borntocatfish

    borntocatfish New Member

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    Reading that story makes me want too go retie my knots
    my neighbor came over and retied one of mine
    the best part he told me to use tape to hold the knot together
    YEAH RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!