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Outer banks JOY

Discussion in 'Trailer Sailors' started by rgranger, Jun 12, 2018. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. rgranger

    rgranger

    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    4,717 posts, 758 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Smith Mountain Lake
    Im sitting in a HuddleHouse with my youngest daughter and we are half way to a marina in Edmonton NC for a 10 day cruise. I’ve done this with each of my kids when they graduated HS.

    This is a shot of the boat taken last night ... charging the batteries. And there is a chart of our intended route. Each color represents a different cruise. More to come as the week progresses. img_0830.jpg 7555D14C-D487-40F2-9859-AAE11FC7EC70.jpeg
     


  2. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    5,214 posts, 1,659 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    That sounds like fun. Fair winds and sunny days.
     


  3. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    2,395 posts, 976 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    I am a fan of the area. My in-laws rented a house near Corona lighthouse years ago. Very pretty lighthouse. There's a great nature boardwalk on the bay side that winds through the swamp, water moccasins sit below and give you the evil eye as you walk by. A deer jumped the walk in front of us and no one at the nature center believed me when I told them I saw gator tracks in the dirt by the road.
    Another time, my wife and I took the ferry out there to camp. The storm blew our tent over and the mosquitos tried to carry is away. It was fun though.

    - Will (Dragonfly)
     


  4. Captain Ron 18

    Captain Ron 18

    Joined Feb 8, 2017
    46 posts, 9 likes
    MacGregor MacGregor 25
    US Baltimore
    All the many times I've been to the Outer Banks over the years, I've never brought the sailboat, but have wondered what the sailing would be like there. It sounds like a wonderful tradition! You are creating treasured memories for both you and your kids - so kewl! I look forward to hearing about your adventure. Be safe and enjoy!
     


  5. rgranger

    rgranger

    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    4,717 posts, 758 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Smith Mountain Lake
    Well guys....

    I'm a bone head! I made such a rookie dumb classic mistake!

    The boat was set up and I was launching... and the boat was not perfectly lined up. So in a rush, I decided to pull ahead about 10 more feet to straighten her out and ... I hit an overhead power line. The rig came down... busted up a lot of stuff. I bungee tied up the mast and loose rigging, and headed home.

    No one was hurt and I guess that is enough but I'm not in a good head space today. I'll assess the damage today and probably secure the boat for an extended storage in the yard. I probably won't be on here for a while.
     


  6. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    5,214 posts, 1,659 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Oh man. Feel for you. I remember the old Navy admonition. “Watch the overhead”.
    Usually said after I banged my head into something like a steam pipe.
    Stuff happens. You’ll get through this.
     


  7. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    2,395 posts, 976 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    I am so sorry to hear that.
    I don't understand why powerlines have to be hung so near boat ramps anyhow.
    I'm glad you or anyone else wasn't hurt. Get well soon and get back on the water asap.

    -Will (Dragonfly)
     


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  8. Captain Ron 18

    Captain Ron 18

    Joined Feb 8, 2017
    46 posts, 9 likes
    MacGregor MacGregor 25
    US Baltimore
    Wow - you were really lucky not to get lit up! So sorry your trip got skunked, but especially glad you or anyone else wasn't injured. I've had to deal with power lines in launch areas from time to time - never any fun and a bad safety design, to be sure. The one thing that makes me always look up when boat is on the trailer with the mast up: I saw a boater hit a power line years ago. You don't tend to ever forget the fireball and accompanying mayhem...

    Feel better soon and I agree with Will: get back on the water asap!
     


  9. BigEasy

    BigEasy

    Joined Jun 21, 2004
    827 posts, 151 likes
    Beneteau 343
    US Slidell, LA
    So sorry about the accident; thankful that no one was hurt.
    And, jump on those repairs so that you and your daughter can redo the cruise. Admiral & I visited outer banks many years ago and did a sunset sail on the sound. Traveled from VA on down to Hatteras. Took the ferry to Ocracoke Island. It is a beautiful area with lots of maritime history.
    Should be in electrical codes that no overhead electrical lines at boat launches period. Too many things to do & distractions that can lead to disaster. Accident waiting for a place to happen.
     


    Last edited: Jun 13, 2018

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