First a crab pot. Now the dinghy.
As in, “hey, let’s take the dog to shore….Ummmmm, Jereme WHERE THE “F” IS THE DINGHY?!?!
Pretty stellar record thus far, wouldn’t you agree? 😉
>>Only iPhone-tography for this post…I wasn’t really running to grab the big camera after realizing that our dinghy was no longer tied to the back of the boat like we left it a few hours ago…if you know what I mean? 😉
The good news is…we were lucky enough to recover the dinghy (full deets below). In the meantime, we’re still working on the necessary fixes for the crab pot situation. It’s looking like we might get a short haul (out) to check the running gear (prop, prop shaft, cutlass bearing, & rudder).
So, we’ve been using the dinghy davit lines to secure the dinghy behind the boat while still in the water (during the day).
But yesterday, it was starting to get pretty rough with high winds so we switched the dinghy being hooked up to the davits and instead cleated the painter line to the boat so the dinghy wouldn’t constantly bang against the boat.
Turns out, we didn’t check the pre existing knot attaching the painter line TO the dinghy, and it somehow came loose. :((((
The painter was still cleated on the boat while the dinghy & engine were long gone! The weird thing is we’ve been relying on that knot and have used that painter line to launch and stow the dinghy from the foredeck using winches — and it always held.
So what the heck do you do when you realize that your car has basically gone missing?
You freak out. Duh.
Oh wait, that’s just what I do. …a few tears were definitely involved. Lol.
No really, first things first, we called the marina to see if anyone had found/saved/returned it. (If you’re familiar with Boot Key Harbor, then you know that’s definitely a possibility — especially since our mooring isn’t too far from the end of the harbor and luckily the direction the wind was blowing).
The marina informed us that they had heard a report of a rouge dinghy and someone was possibly towing it in. Phew!!! That’s at least semi positive news.
We waited as patiently as possible while the marina staff went and checked for our dinghy at the dinghy docks. The whole time, I’m just thinking about how much our cruising budget is being blown from all these crazy issues. And now we might have to buy a new dinghy and engine? Not cool.
The marina finally called us back to say our dinghy WASN’T there! :(((
Oh no! Back to the drawing board. What now?
Jereme hopped on channel 68 on the VHF radio and was about to ask everyone in range if they had seen a loose dinghy. But just as we tuned in, there was someone talking about “our” missing dinghy!!!
Someone really had it!
Jer immediately chimed in that it was ours and the kind folks that saved it were nice enough to tow it back to our boat (they were only a few balls down from us). Phew!!!!!!!
Needless to say, we have retied that one knot and are being “extra” careful tying her up.
After telling our story to several other cruisers…many have said they’ve lost theirs before too. It happens. And if everything went smoothly, then we wouldn’t have any fun stories to share. Very true! …I’m sure we will always remember this day.
^^s/v LAHO moored in Boot Key Harbor.^^
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