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Old 06-29-2019, 12:05 AM   #1
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Went for an afternoon run to get our snappers. We were doing pretty good. Then at 5:15 pm, it turned into a Gosh Dogit Adventure!! The rain and the water over the bow on the 25 foot pro line made the electronics non-visible, let alone the bow of the boat. Every 15 seconds I would wipe the compass so we could maintain a northward heading. Time to eat a lot of Advil now.
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It stormed all around the house today, but never rained here. Then it cleared up. I told my wife that sometimes it might be good to wait for the afternoon storms to pass then go out for a few hours. Sounds like I may want to still be careful.

Glad you made it home safely.
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Old 06-29-2019, 11:19 AM   #3
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there were some serious pop-ups around here... no rain at the house but my daughter drove thru some nickle size hail near cottage hill
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We was 23 miles out in my brothers sea ray Thursday night. We started to head back in around 8pm but it was to late. Took 8 hrs to get 10 miles. Was the scariest I have ever been through in my life. Buoy reported 35 knot winds and 44 knot gusts north of where we was and that wasnt the worst of it. The first hour felt like 5 hrs. I gave myself a 10 percent chance of getting home when we took the first 3 waves over the bow and the boat almost went over twice. To this day I will never know how we did it but I was driving and it was truly the most intense sickening feeling I've ever had. I will never step on another boat unless it has a working epirb and life raft.
It was the first time I have ever put a life jacket on while driving the boat. And I've been out there alot.
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Went for an afternoon run to get our snappers. We were doing pretty good. Then at 5:15 pm, it turned into a Gosh Dogit Adventure!! The rain and the water over the bow on the 25 foot pro line made the electronics non-visible, let alone the bow of the boat. Every 15 seconds I would wipe the compass so we could maintain a northward heading. Time to eat a lot of Advil now.
been there. done that.

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It’s that time of year. Great one minute then the next it’s all hell thats broke loose. Glad y’all made it back safely.
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We was 23 miles out in my brothers sea ray Thursday night. We started to head back in around 8pm but it was to late. Took 8 hrs to get 10 miles. Was the scariest I have ever been through in my life. Buoy reported 35 knot winds and 44 knot gusts north of where we was and that wasnt the worst of it. The first hour felt like 5 hrs. I gave myself a 10 percent chance of getting home when we took the first 3 waves over the bow and the boat almost went over twice. To this day I will never know how we did it but I was driving and it was truly the most intense sickening feeling I've ever had. I will never step on another boat unless it has a working epirb and life raft.
It was the first time I have ever put a life jacket on while driving the boat. And I've been out there alot.



I said to myself, I sure hope nobody is out there. I have been were you were back in the mid 90's. It took me 10 years before I got back on a boat for a bay ride, and another 5 to get out the pass, reason I was pier-dude for so long.
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Old 06-30-2019, 04:10 AM   #10
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Glad you made it in safely Tom. Once in a bad storm out of destin, I had to go about 8 miles east of the pass to make it in the pass. really close following seas made it impossible to enter the pass from the south or west . Isenglass around a cuddy cabin made the ride a lot more tolerable. Friend who hated cuddy cabins changed his mind after that day.
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