Originally posted by enjoies05
Originally posted by 2Resistance
Unfortuntly I have never been stranded for more then two days and never at sea
Unfortunately?? You think it's fun being stranded some place?? It's not a game, man. Even worst at sea. It's not fun and games.
[edit on 17-12-2006 by enjoies05]
Actually for me it was/is fun, i feel alive and in my element, away from all the silly fake things that the "civilized" world is built from, and am
presented with a challenge. Hey, it beaats trying to pretend i fit in with the big meaningless game. But then again, i'm an adrenaline junkie.
Okay, a hurricane story. Crossing back from the Bahamas one year to Florida, i wa sunder sail and racing a storm across the strait. On a perfect
beam reach in a 29' Irwin sloop, 12-15' rollers and 25-30 knots of good wind. I spent the first couple hours avoiding the bands of the storm,
dodging waterspouts and rugged looking cells. About halfway through the crossing, the door slammed shut on us. The wind instantly went from 20-30
to around 80 knots in one huge gust. The mainsail exploded like it was made of wet toilet paper, and the jib tore and hit the water, dragging the
boatonto it's side by dragging under the boat in the water. We got the hatch sealed quickly, but the boat was pinned mast to the water by the wind
and drag of the sail. The other crewman manned the tiller and tried to get it to hit the water again. By this time the sea looked angry, like in
the movie Perfect Storm, just like that, towering walls of black water, no sunlight at all in midday,dark as night, a driving rain so hard if you look
into the wind you'd drown, and the wind itself, still whipping at hurricane force over my battered and semi-capsized vessel. I managed to walk
along the bottom of the hull, holding onto the keel, which was out of the water completely, and lashed myself to the bow pulpit as i got the jib and
roller furling setup de-rigged, the sail pulled back abouard, and stuffed in the forward hatch in between swells, Even with the jib no longer
dragging, the boat wouldn't right itself, the windf kept the mast and rigging pinned. AFter a bit more struggle trying to weight the windward side
of the boat, a huge swell blocked the wind long enough to catch the keel and tiller in the water again. We finally got the boat upright and ran
barepoles downwind, surfing swells and trying not to pearl in and catch the bow underwater. With both of us prying at the tiller, we managed to run
for a couple of exciting-to-say-the-least hours downwind, until the storm finally spit us out, about 20 miles from port and severely off course. We
took on some water, but got it pumped out. Unfortunately though, it was enough to flood the engine room, so we were 20 miles out with no sails or
power. Another boat was caught in the storm, and ended up in the same area. After hailing the vessel on the VHF, the skipper responded in a state
of near total panic, praying to any deity that would listen to save him. with clear skies, but monster swells, and the wind still blowing, he
maneuvered wityhin range of my vessel and when i hit the top of the swell i dove for the deck. FRom 20' high up the face of a wall of water, it was
like trying tohit a postage stamp. I jumped, and hit the deck dead center in a crashing heap, got the panicked skipper sorted, and took over as
skipper on his vessel, a 43' chris craft from 1950, all steel hull, built like a battleship with twin marine 427's and loaded with goodies like GPS
and auopilot, all of which the skipper had no idea how to use. I got my vessel tied on and ended up towing it back into port.
Overall, that was a pretty exciting day, and even though it should have been harroing and scary, i was lashed to the front of the boat, being beat to
hell by wind and water, skin stinging and even bleeding a bit from every dime sized raindrop that plowed into me at 100mph or more, i was still
screaming YEEEEEEHAWWWWWWWW! loud enough that i can hear it over the sound of the storm. It was one helluva wild ride, and i'd go again in a second
being given the chance.
Actually somthing i've been thinking about since then, and would like to do soemday, is ride out a hurricane at sea without a vessel, just me, a life
preserver, wetsuit, snorkel, mask, some fins, and a little bit of supplies. I'd get dumped by boat into the path of a good solid cat 2 or higher,
so far out to sea that i have no chancce of hitting land, and just ride the storm for a good 12 hours or so. That'd probably be an even wilder trip
than on the boat.
I'm kinda looking forward to the day where i'm free from the shackles of society's oppression, when i finally walk off into a vast wilderness, and
leave the wreckage of civilization behind to go live in harmony with mother earth. If it happens tomorrow, then cool, if nothing happens for the
next 5 years, cool, i'll just pretend civilization collapsed and go live without it anyways
I could see it not being fun if you've gotta drag somebody's broken ass for days through green hell, or kick it Donner party style, but for the most
part, survival should be fun, or else it's not worth surviving to be miserable, depressed, scared, and longing for convenience.