I feel a story coming on!
..............Well , there I was, ripping along on the water in my 17 foot Rally Cruiser I/O, running at about 45 mph with the wind in my hair, dominating the waterways,all of the other boats fleeing in fear.Little did I realise that the Coast Guard , without telling anyone, had removed a channel marker that protected boaters from running aground. As soon as you go under the Pinellas Bayway bridge heading north at Fort Desoto Island you better be turning hard to port pretty quick. Well, you can probably guess what happened next. All of the sudden my Arrogance fled away as I could feel my ride running aground. I instinctively turned hard to port. Instinct told me that if I chopped the throttle I would come off plane and then my boat would settle deeper in the water making my predicament even worse. Well I made it part of the way thru the turn when all of the sudden I was almost thrown thru the windshield(exageration)by the rapid decelleration as my boat bogged down on a sandbar. As I looked around my first impulse was to determine if I was being laughed at! Since I could spot no laughers in visual range and seeing that I was stuck fast until high tide(didnt want to wait that long, someone might spot me)I picked up the cell phone and called up Vessal Assist(tow truck/boat).
The moral of the story?: Dont put to Sea without your polarized lenses in place so that you can see the aproaching sandbars..............The End.
There are OLD pilots and there are BOLD pilots but there are very few OLD BOLD pilots. MAG