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Offline Thefalconman

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River excitement
« on: August 12, 2011, 01:58:12 PM »
I took out the boat yesterday to try out the little top I made for it. The top worked great but before I got back to the landing it suddenly got dark and I knew a thunderstorm was quickly approaching. NO time to get back to safety in my van so I was forced to beach the boat on an island as it had already started to have ground lightening strikes near by. I couldn't stay in the boat and I knew getting under a tree was risky so my only option was to cuddle down in the little clearing near the shore and wait it out. First it started to rain hard. Then to my dismay it started to hail the size of pinto beans. Next VERY strong winds gust  ( reports were in excess of 65 mph) and there I am wearing only  my bathing trunks . To make things worse the bilge pump which I turned on had stopped working and the boat was getting lower and lower in the water so I had to go back out to it in the middle of all of this and bail out about 15 gallons of water. The whole time I was wondering if the next near by lightening strike was going to be placed directly to the boat...........Gezzzz now thats what I call real river excitement.

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Re: River excitement
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2011, 03:04:05 PM »
Yuck glad you're ok. Did you manage to catch anything?

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Re: River excitement
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2011, 06:09:04 PM »
Its scary how fast a thunderstorm can come up.
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Re: River excitement
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2011, 08:52:32 PM »
Strong thunderstorms and a few tornadoes mixed in are known to come in from this part of the county. This is the first time I have been in one, The wind was terrific and for a short time I thought that maybe I would see a tornado. After the storm the water was really a mess and I forgot about fishing.  I did however talk to a fellow at the landing as I was putting in who had a nice channel cat that weighed at least 12 lbs.I wanted to see how well  the top would work in the rain and this I did find out,
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Re: River excitement
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2011, 10:03:53 PM »
How well did it do in the winds and hail? Thats a test of a top for sure.
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Re: River excitement
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2011, 07:03:40 PM »
The top stayed in place. It and the boat have leaves and dirt stuck to it from the high winds, My next trip is going to be at night as soon as I can find someone not frikkin afraid to go out on it with me,,,,I might mention that during the storm it was the first time ever that I considered tying myself to a tree to keep from being blown away. The wind coming off of the water reports now say were in excess of 70 mph..shezam.Too bad none of our forum members live near by ..

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Re: River excitement
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2011, 07:20:41 PM »
You're lucky the winds didn't blow the boat away.
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