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BQUICK posted 10-04-2002 11:55 AM ET (US)   Profile for BQUICK   Send Email to BQUICK  
When I was in college in the 70s, me and a buddy decided (over a few beers) to go from Southampton, LI to Block Island, RI in my 13 ft Sourpuss with 50 Merc. Since it was about 30 miles away at a cruising speed of 40 mph we would be there in less than an hour and if it got rough a couple hrs....
We left around 6 pm and zipped thru Peconic Bay and up to Montauk....stopping along the way to drink a few beers (remember I was in college AND this was the 70s!) We get to Montauk Point and see a bit of haze coming in off the ocean and continue on. Soon it's dark, fogging up and getting real rough. On one wave my budddy who had never been in a boat before and was standing up (as was I) holding onto the bow line trying to absord the impacts with this legs flies up in the air and slams down onto the center bench, cracking the wood we later discovered! I check the gas and see (not easily!) that there is about an inch or so sloshing around.
Problem is, we don't know what way to go around the island to get to the harbor...if we go the wrong way we run out of gas and become beach (or rock) debris. So we see someone walking their dog on their lawn that goes right to the rocks and we try go get close enough to ask her but I start seeing waves breaking on the rocks right next to us and decide to head back out. We take a guess and start going around one side of the island trying to stay on plane to save gas. We guessed right and make it to the harbor. If we had gone around the other side it was cliffs and rocks and big(er) surf! So we tie up at the first dock we see and sleep (yes, with enough beer you can sleep in a 13 ft Whaler) We wake up in the AM to see a yacht club steward asking for $30 overnight dockage but then looks at us and says if we leave now we wouldn't have to pay. I go to start the Merc and it won't....look in the gas tank and nothing! We get gas, tie up somewhere else, run around the island looking for someone that we knew that was supposed to be there and head back to Southampton.
One question: how does beer go flat in an unopened can? Only in a Whaler!

Bruce

BQUICK posted 10-04-2002 12:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for BQUICK  Send Email to BQUICK     
PS- my buddy's tail bone was broken upon impact with that center seat. He never went on the Whaler again! I called Whaler and they said that the seats have tested to something like 600 lbs of pressure installed in the boat. Ouch!
BQUICK posted 11-01-2002 10:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for BQUICK  Send Email to BQUICK     
Didn't anyone like my adventure story? I type with one finger so it took some time to peck it down. :)
BOB KEMMLER JR posted 11-01-2002 11:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for BOB KEMMLER JR    
It did sound like quite a adventure,probably a good thing you had a little buzz on.It probably helped to absorb some of the impact LOL!
thunderbay posted 11-02-2002 02:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for thunderbay  Send Email to thunderbay     
I liked it as i have a damn near similar story of heading to block island, was @ 11 years old, buddy Harold just hot a new montauk, left Amityville LI ahead of the other big boats as we werent doing the same speed. Darkness came, sound was pretty rough, hail storm and then somehow we knocked the rear running light overboard. Next we ran out of gas! Luckily we almost caught one of the yachts in front of us and signaled them with the air horn. Got tied up to the back of there boat, made it to the dock, Harold tied this boat up tight as could be as its his brand new toy, tide went out and there she is 3 feet out of the water! he still has that boat to this day, and we are now in our early 30's, take care,Shawn
jimh posted 11-02-2002 10:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Beer and boating do tend to go together to create some interesting war stories.

I'm glad you lived through that one to tell us about it!

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