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  1. #1
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    Default Disaster waiting to happen .

    You know how we read posting here , people describing a boat they plain to buy , and how they plain to sail off into the distance, as we read the posting some are thinking , his having a laugh , other encourage them .

    Well yesterday I looked out to see we 30 foot ketch anchor right on top of us , I mean his. Stern was a few meters from our chain ,
    I give him half hour as quite often people just anchor for lunch and moved off and ask him if he plain to stay the night , he replied he was stay a few days waiting for a mate
    So I told him he much to close and needed to move , he explained he had a bad leg he was on his only and could I help him ,
    We finish lunch and when over , his leg was in a plastic cast , the cockpit was full of bits of the boat I hate to think what the inside was like .
    I offered to sort the anchor while he took the helm as it look like he never make the bow with his cast .

    First surprise was when I asked him where his control was and was told there three wires touch the red and black and it goes up , touch the red and Green and it goes down .OK , half way hauling the chain and I came across a shackle which meant it had to be taken of the winch till it pass the gypsy , there wasn't a mark on the rusty chain . I direct him to the best place to re anchor and ask how much water we was in , only to be told his depth gauge doesn't work . I ask how much chain he had and he said he think 30 mts , so I drop the lot , when back to the helm and set the anchor .

    It turn out he was German, nothing wrong with that , age 60 sh his last boat he lost on the rock a two week ago in Malta when it dragged , that explain the plastic cast on his foot ,
    he just brought this boat a few days ago , the first time out he anchored on the NE bay on Malta , and was caught out in the last thunderstorm we had on a lee shore when he tried to move found his battery was flat , lucky his anchor held and the next day someone passing by arrange for a new battery to be brought out to him .
    I notices One turn buckle had rope pass through it , he couldn't explain what the rope was doing , I guess the thread gone and the rope was to hold it to gather ,
    I kid you not his compass was broken he had no other navigation aid and his VHF was also broken , he waiting for a mate and they going to sail to Tunisia .
    Where he could get a good deal .

    He ask me if I could look out for him and I told him the weather is settle for the next week and he should be ok but I was happy to help him take his boat into the marina and advise him that would be best has he had bad foot , he didn't want to go into the marina as it too expensive, explained I know someone in the RMYC and maybe I could have a word and get a deal because of his injuries but he wasn't interested .

    The story doesn't stop there , this afternoon my co skipper calls out , next door getting rescued , I look out to see the police rib boat between us and his boat , he now in his dinghy which is almost flat to the extent that water was coming over the side of the tubes, by the time I get into my dinghy to help three officers drag him on board ,
    He shouted they where going to take him ashore and would I pick him up later and bring him back , I apologise and said I wouldn't ,
    if he fell in there was no way I would be able to get him back out , one police officers move me to the front of the rib and ask if I knew him ,
    I explain what happen the day before and suggestion he shouldn't be on board as he can't hardly move .
    He agreed but said they couldn't stop him ,
    but if wasn't willing to bring him back and they won't be as he not fit to be on a boat on his only , the problem was solved.

    It's been a few hours we not seen him return for his sake I hope no one bring him back . It's really an accident waiting to happen .

    So @ silver fox if you see a guy with a cast on his foot and he ask for a lift back to his boat , please say NO
    Last edited by sailaboutvic; 15-09-19 at 18:31.
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    Default Re: Disaster waiting to happen .

    Blimey, Vic, a real”Captain Calamity”. Strange, the Skipper who piled his maiden voyage 10 year in restoration yacht on the rocks at the north side of the Barfleur side entrance to the Cherbourg Grand Rade was a German too.
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    Default Re: Disaster waiting to happen .

    I'm not too surprised, one comes across this sort of thing time to time.

    We once helped out a chap in an elderly scruffy old mobo - with young family - whose navigational expertise amounted to ' Guernsey is over there '.

    So ended up being rescued by the French Navy before interfacing with north Brittany.

    He set off again afterwards, with instructions from the French - then saw an island to starboard, thought ' that's it, my compass is off ' so went straight for it.

    He was surprised to discover he was actually tied up to Jersey.
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    Default Re: Disaster waiting to happen .

    Reminds me of the first time the family had sailed to Ostend from Queenborough in 1966. It was a great adventure for a 12 year old boy. Then a small wooden gaff rigged yacht sailed into Ostend and tied up close to us. He was single handed, so we were impressed. He then asked which port he had arrived at. When we said Ostend, he was surprised as he had aimed south east from North Foreland and knew he would arrive at a continental port, probably in France. We were gobsmacked and thought how the hell was he going to get home.
    If my foresight was as good as my hindsight, I would be a multi-millionaire.

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    Default Re: Disaster waiting to happen .

    Quote Originally Posted by Concerto View Post
    Reminds me of the first time the family had sailed to Ostend from Queenborough in 1966. It was a great adventure for a 12 year old boy. Then a small wooden gaff rigged yacht sailed into Ostend and tied up close to us. He was single handed, so we were impressed. He then asked which port he had arrived at. When we said Ostend, he was surprised as he had aimed south east from North Foreland and knew he would arrive at a continental port, probably in France. We were gobsmacked and thought how the hell was he going to get home.
    Not too different from the guys rescued just outside St Peter Port, Guernsey, who thought they were in France, complimented the local rescue services on their proficiency in the english language.

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    Default Re: Disaster waiting to happen .

    he waiting for a mate and they going to sail to Tunisia .
    Where he could get a good deal .
    Lets hope the police figure this out too - sounds like a lowlife selling scrap boats to desperate migrants for a profit.

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    Default Re: Disaster waiting to happen .

    Quote Originally Posted by Old Bumbulum View Post
    Lets hope the police figure this out too - sounds like a lowlife selling scrap boats to desperate migrants for a profit.
    Hi ,
    if you met the gentleman you know he wasn't about to sail the boat to Tunisia to sell to migrants ,
    I be very surprise if the boat make the 25 nm to the end of the island .

    The only reason he plain to sail to Tunisia was because for less then €700 he could get a yearly berth contract in the marina and he plain to make Tunisia and the boat his home , that's what I meant by a good deal , should had said that's. My fault for not finishing the sentence.
    I was about to say he was taken for a ride when he brought the boat ,
    But he didn't say how much he paid , maybe a few thousand ,

    The little conversation I had when I helped him re anchor , he came over to me as another dreamer who thought he could buy a cheap boat and sail off , but after sinking one boat one would think he learn his lesson,
    In one way I feel guilty that I refused to help bring him back to the boat , on the other hand I probably extended his life by at less one day .
    It's 0700 LT and he not returned , knowing the Maltese I wouldn't be surprised if one of the police officers didn't take pity on him and found him a bed for the night, he really came over has a sad soul .
    His hatches have all been left open and his dinghy is partly submerged with wash from boat roaring back after a weekend outing , I may at some point I will go over and haul out the dinghy and shut his hatches if he doesn't return this morning .
    Tho I been told by my partner to leave well alone and not get involved any further ,

    He doesn't look that fit without his cast foot , there no way this guy can get on and off his boat without a real chance of an accident.
    Last edited by sailaboutvic; 16-09-19 at 05:36.
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    Default Re: Disaster waiting to happen .

    IMG_0674.jpgIt doesn't look a bad boat from a distance,
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    Default Re: Disaster waiting to happen .

    A great story Vic. You see all life at sea.

    Please do go over and shut his hatches before the rain arrives if he doesn't return. It sounds as if he's got enough problems on his plate at the moment without the rain adding to them.

    Richard

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    Default Re: Disaster waiting to happen .

    Isn't that a Westerly?

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