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Old 05-14-2018, 06:21 PM
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I am a captain im offshore often so I have plenty of outrageous and scary stories of things that I've done, seen or have had happen to me and my crew but I want to hear others. It can be anything and don't judge in this thread!
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Old 05-14-2018, 06:27 PM
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King fish tourney..blowing as usual..

wire rig gets stuck in prop..

have to to jump in with wire cutters, holding onto lower unit with one hand..

get treble hook impaled in thumb , now only have one hand, to cut wire with me dangling by my thumb attached to the hook attached to the lower unit

i did say it was rough out..
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Old 05-14-2018, 06:28 PM
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Capsized a 19ft bay boat 5 miles off marathon.
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Old 05-14-2018, 06:30 PM
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The motor pushed through the transom of our bass boat. She went completely under in 2 mins. We sat in the water for 45 Mins trying to flag someone down.


Had other times when I’ve been shot at or people have been hooked or some really rough weather offshore.
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Old 05-14-2018, 06:32 PM
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I forgot my cigarettes at the dock. Hey, I only got 20 hours at this....but that was still scary.
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Old 05-14-2018, 07:22 PM
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On a 700 ft tanker ship loaded off of Alaska when I was a maritime cadet doing an internship. Seas were rough overnight. I got thrown from my bunk during a big roll of the ship. I didn't want to seem like a huge p*****, so I took everything that I had in my room and stuffed it under one side of my bunk, to pin myself in a wedge against the wall and the mattress. I did not sleep at all that night.
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Old 05-14-2018, 07:31 PM
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Without a doubt, several years ago my wife and our 3 then pretty young kids were on our 22ft aluminum deckboat. We typically would launch the boat near where we stored it (on the trailer) and would spend the day boating and end up about 15 miles up river at a restaurant/marina about dinner time. Then after we ate we'd cruise back to the ramp and get there usually within the last hour or so of daylight. Well one day we stayed out past dark and were were nearly 10 oclock getting into the ramp. It was a neighborhood ramp that was pretty remote and only had 1 light in the parking lot that provided ANY light in the area. I of course had my nav lights on.

As I came off plane about 200yds from the ramp the area was it's typical black, quiet and we were the only ones around. For some reason I could hear something coming toward us from the starboard side. In the faint light from the distant parking lot light I could see MAYBE 40-50ft out beside the boat. Suddenly that noise became a fast roar and I looked out into the shadowy darkness and could make out a jetski coming at us WOT at 90 degrees from starboard! He was headed straight for me at the console, my oldest son sitting in front of the console and the 40 gallon fuel tank right there along the gunwale and under the console/us. (Boats laid out like a pontoon) My mind raced in a panic and I just out of instinct NAILED the throttle on the lil 150 Erude. The boat lurched forward and the light less, drunk piloted jetski was still barreling straight for us. At the last instant he cut his bars left to prevent colliding with our transom/engine, he was so close the spray and roost from the ski wet down the back of our boat! My kids were silently horrified, my wife was yelling in hysterics and I was LIVID once I realized what was going on. I snatched the throttle back to idle and the boat began to slow. The drunk redneck spun to a stop and looked back at us, I could see him more clear as he was then in the light from our stern light. I stood up and started over the transom after him and called him everything but a human being... he nailed the throttle and took off into the darkness. We never saw him again, GOOD THING TO because I likely would shoot him dead even now!

I can only surmise the drunk bastard, running WOT on his ski in the middle of the night which of course had no lights, he probably thought our lights were some distant house lights on the bank and he was "aiming for them" with his craft. It wasn't until the last second that he realized what we were and THANK GOD he reacted left and I cut a trail 90 degrees to his right. I get the shakes and anger even still just typing this and that was over 10 years ago!
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Old 05-14-2018, 07:40 PM
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A few for me, I taught and coached sailing in college. First was a student of mine stuck under a capsized sailboat and stuck in the rigging. We had to dive down and save him. I always carry a knife. Second, a student of mine got hit in the head while racing, opening his scalp pretty good. I held my hand on his head for a 15 minute ride to the dock on a safety boat to keep pressure on - he needed a lot of stitches. Third, racing a regatta, a small sailboat capsized and an older gentlemen (long time sailor, very good sailor) ended up in the water. They raced him to the dock doing CPR, I helped get him off the boat onto the dock where we continued CPR. Unfortunately he did not make it.
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A buddy and myself spent the day drinking on an island in Lake Erie and he all of a sudden decided he wanted to run the boat back to his marina on the mainland. We didn't check the weather or anything, to young, drunk, and stupid. Ended up getting caught in a severe storm in his little 19' boat. We were stuck on the lake for over 3 hours in the dark getting tossed around like a cork. He was driving the boat and all of a sudden let go of the wheel and went into the little cuddy and laid down. I asked him WTF was he doing, he said we are dead and I want to pass out before it happens. I wasn't ready to die so I took over and eventually I saw a light in the distance, I didn't know what it was but I was hoping it was on land so I just locked my eyes on it and kept going. Ended up we had made a complete circle and we were back on the island that we had left hours before.

We made it to land without dying but then I thought we were going to freeze to death. The storm was being pushed by a cold front and the temp dropped down into the 40's, we were soaked head to feet and not a single blanket or anything to cover up with. It was the coldest I have ever been in my entire life, I gotta believe we both had hypothermia but at least we didn't die.
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Old 05-14-2018, 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by gumpire View Post
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King fish tourney..blowing as usual..

wire rig gets stuck in prop..

have to to jump in with wire cutters, holding onto lower unit with one hand..

get treble hook impaled in thumb , now only have one hand, to cut wire with me dangling by my thumb attached to the hook attached to the lower unit

i did say it was rough out..
holy $hit!
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Old 05-14-2018, 08:17 PM
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Originally Posted by JonisMist View Post
I forgot my cigarettes at the dock. Hey, I only got 20 hours at this....but that was still scary.
I had the smokes but no matches. Lol
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Old 05-15-2018, 03:21 AM
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Things that keep me up some nights and probably will for another 50 years.

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Old 05-15-2018, 03:41 AM
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Friend bought a 29' Formula in Connecticut and thought it would be fun to bring it home to Annapolis via water. Plan was to go from East Haddam to Atlantic City on day 1, then to Annapolis on day 2. Woke up and checked winds and they didn't seem "too bad".
Got to the boat, headed down the river and made a right into LI Sound and we were greeted by 6 footers and not much spacing. That's the first time I've ever gotten a boat airborne, props and all, doing 6 mph!!
Oh.........then the C02 alarm kept going off! I was like, "This is wonderful;....... we're all gonna die!"

Made it to Kings Point in 10 hours and said "Fuck this". He graduated from KP and was able to get us a couple rooms for the night.
Day 2, however was awesome. Got up at 5:00, cruised down the East River through NY and made it to Annapolis by 5:00 pm.
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Old 05-15-2018, 06:40 AM
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Capsized in the Gulfstream about 2.5 miles off of Ft. Lauderdale on a rough day
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Old 05-15-2018, 06:46 AM
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Working a headboat in weather we should've never left the jetties...all for our monthly overnight trip. One of the few times I got sick. Nothing like going up a swell, coming down broadside and seeing a wall of water from the next swell.

10 years or so ago, we were racing a typical afternoon TStorm, came back in to Murrells Inlet and took the last big turn a little wide. That coupled with the tide being lower than I anticipated left me on a sandbar for a few hours in the rain.
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Old 05-15-2018, 06:51 AM
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Old 05-15-2018, 07:00 AM
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Linda Cameron!
Scariest/strangest/most fun. All rolled into one!
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Old 05-15-2018, 07:04 AM
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Being rescued by the Coast Guard 10 miles off the Oregon coast, with 45 mile per hour winds and 30' waves
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Old 05-15-2018, 07:15 AM
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Trolling for Snook late one night under a lit bridge no wake zone a CC ( thinking 23' Contender with drunk salesman from local dealer - it was white with no real rigging ) came screaming out of the darkness . I jumped and pushed down - the lit bridge allowed me to watch the prop go over my head in what seemed slow motion like the old Merc commercial . Never slowed down , continued to run through some other boats anchored up fishing in the no wake bridge area and was gone . A$$ Hole .
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Old 05-15-2018, 07:24 AM
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Solo trolling for Musky mid morning on Lake St. Clair clear calm morning blue skys with few clouds on the troll. A boat from out of nowhere approaches me and comes off plane within 50 yards with 3 middle aged dudes never saying nothing just idling closer. It was clear they weren’t looking for directions and in my mind were up to no good. Back in the day of flip phones I called the wife and recited the MC’s on their hull and right at that instant they powered up instantly and started across the lake. Wasn’t much I could do since I had 4 or 5 lines running with full size boards going. Had it my mind while dialing I would floor it right over top of em if I had to. Really felt they were going to jack me. Never will forget it. Happened late August 28 or 9 remember the event vividly to this day and doubt I will ever forget it. It was that surreal.
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