Dead in the Water
02 April 2012 | 19 50.73'N:69 57.92'W, En Route to Samana
We are at sea for another night, sailing from Puerta Plata to Samana, along the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. As the sun sets, Kim and I observe quite a few logs and other items floating in the water. Kim asks the obvious question, "How are we going to dodge this stuff at night?" I answer with my typical response, "You are more likely to be stuck by lightning than for us to hit something int he middle of the night. And, even if we did hit something, it will just bounce off." What I did not share with her was my quick thoughts about waterproof bulkheads, bilge pumps (I really need to fix that one) and emergency hole patching supplies.
We are making this passage with one other boat. The seas are calm. Around10 pm we recieve a call from them over the VHF radio, they have caught something in their propeller and are dead in the water. I stop One World and wait. I can see their lights and hear bangs from across the water. After a half hour, they are back up and running. One of them had to suit up and take a swim to untangle the prop. How would you like to to dive into 3000 feet of water at night to discover whats wrapped around your prop?