I had been waiting for this trip all year, family friends boat loads of people all season with good catches. Still did not have enough ling cod or salmon in the freezer. A trip for myself, had looked at the charts for likely off the beaten path hot spots, the Osprey is a lot of boat to handle and you need to know what you are doing, trailering, at the ramp, in the harbor and out on the ocean.
After I launched on the 15th at about 2:00 pm I was idling out of the harbor, about ready to turn right and head for the bouy markers when I decided to close the "Dimond Sea Glaze' door at the back of the cabin. I was at idle and ran back grabed the door form the outside, gave it a shot and then felt an electric shock go up my right arm ... I had grabed the frame of the door and my right thumb was between the door and the frame. After the shock I looked down and saw the wound of my thumb 2/3 severed, the inside of the bone and socket looking back at me. It was not bleeding yet. Ran up front and an put the boat in nuetral and moved to the side to let others pass. Look down and realized that I needed to take care of the thumb, grabbed a towell and wrapped it arround the severed digit and put it back inplace. Luckly, I could hold the towel and thumb in place with the hand that was left in tact. Idled back to the dock (an ertinity, kind of in shock) Got to the dock and landed, tied the boat to the dock with one hand .... put all the easy to to take stuff in the cabin locked it and went up the ramp to get to the hospital. A gal at the harbor launch area was getting off work and was walking away and I told her that I think I cut off my thumb could you please give me the number of the cab company, she looked at funny ... thought a about it an then gave me a number ... turned and walked away. Seward hospital did a tempoary job of starting IV antibiotics and puting a couple of stiches and a pressure bandage and sent me on my way .... Walked back loaded the boat on the trailer, drove back to Eagle River took care of business ... and had surgery the next day. Have been doing Hyperbaratic sessions, twice a day, for the last five days trying to save the thumb ... so far so good.
Need a team to head out into the ocean, complicated ... lots of tasks and it all needs to go right ... it can really "bite you in the #ss or some place else if you do not have help .....