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I learned my lesson on the Columbia River Bar a number of years ago - crew was greedy for tuna. Motor failed (starter fell apart) 40 miles out and kicker motored most of the way back until the SE high winds and tides had 18' swells with widow's peaks. The skipper was too proud to admit help was necessary and we countermanded his orders and called out the calvary. All other boats had been guided in by the motor life boats and when help arrived on the Bar even they had trouble safely maneuvering around us to shoot us a line.

When we got into CG Cape Disappointment the whole base came out including the Commandant to see what happened and marvel at how we survived.

I love you Coasties!
 
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