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Posted by Scrat, Seaman Apprentice
Jumping from Boat to Dock is not a good idea.
(A sad reminder to play it safe)
My daughter lives in Savannah and sent me an article about these guys pulling into a rather large marina in the intercoastal in a smallish 20 foot or so bay boat.

One of the guys decides he is going to jump from the boat to the dock to facilitate tying up the boat.

Now the tide here is a rip snorter - you can drop a bouy in and in ten minutes it'll be out of site; not to mention the water's muddy as heck. Add that to the fact that when he jumped the dock was about 10 feet away and he was wearing no life jacket.

Still possibly recoverable except he hit his head on the dock, and went under. (about 30 feet deep or so). They found him 2 days later wrapped around one of the pilings at the bottom. Divers could only search during slack tide and had to go by feel due to the muddiness of the water.

Posted by SnapperHunter28, Seaman
Red face Dock line SHT's
Ok folks, I have read and read and read the boat ramp follies, and had my laughs. Now it's time for me to tell of my SHT tricks.

After a good night of fishing, we both limited out on yellowtails, and discovered a new . . . "leak", that’s a whole new story in itself - for another time. Anyway back to MY SHT. So we get back to the dock, retrieve the boat, clean the boat, flush the motor, clean the fish, wash all the gear down, put everything away, and part ways. (keep in mind, this is a 15ft flats boat with a 85 horsepower johnson, being towed by a 1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera FWD 4 cylinder - never had a problem at any ramp in 3 years of owning it).

I thought we put everything away and secured it for the trip to the storage facility, so I proceeded to head down the road. Everything goes fine till I decide to hit the highway (the shortcut). I get up to about 65mph (that’s a safe comfortable speed for my setup), and I'm driving. All the sudden I hear this horrendous noise and the trailer jerks wildly. After composing myself I pull off to the side of the highway to discover a fairly good size hole in the bow of the boat, and one of my ropes with a nice chunk of my bow on one end of it, laying in the ditch. It turns out, in my rush to get home, I forgot to take the bow rope off and stow it. And I ran it over going 65mph with the trailer tire, and ripped it off the bow, along with a piece of the boat.

Lesson learned here . . . make sure all your ropes are stowed away before leaving the boat ramp!!
Thank god I am a fiberglass man . . . that was an relatively easy fix.

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o damn

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Most people try the public slipway first?

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