Better yet, have you spent a few days sitting through a Gale storm in PWS? Started out a week ago for a bear hunt, halibut trip off Hinchinbrook with 3 of my friends. Friday through Monday all was picture perfect, then BAM-BAM, Mother Nature had some other plans for us. She kicked it up a few notches higher than I thought she would.
One-by-one, I lost;
3 = coolers, white 7 day 160 qrt, blue 10 day 160 qrt, and a regular blue 100 qrt cooler.
1= blue Rubbermaid 18 gal tub full of nice camo hunting closes, most all was new.
2 = boxes of 416 Ruger ammo
1= 1978 14' Zodiac MK-II with 4 horse Johnson - paddles, life jackets, pump, 3 gal gas can. New bottom sealer just put on this winter.
1 = 2009 11' Zodiac Zoom 310 with a 15 horse Johnson - paddles, life jackets, pump, 3 gal gas can.
2= 30 gal fuel drums - w/ about 3 to 5 gal of diesel in each.
1 = Penn 113H w/ Penn halibut 5' rode - chum bag still attached.
300' of marine grade rope. In various cut lengths but the Zodiac's were tied up with them, as were the coolers, fuel, drums, and tub.
3 = ratchet straps - also used to tie the above items down.
So, in all seriousness, I did lose all these items throughout the day Tuesday on the south side of Hinchinbrook (Port Etches). If you’re traveling in and or around these parts (north end of Montague as well) and see any of these things - let me know - I think I am someplace at around $9k to $12k in replacement costs for new items.
Now it’s off to speak to my lovely insurance company.
Lessons learned - don’t skimp on boating items at all, down to the rope you use. I use better than average stuff and it still wasn't enough. It was like a vacuum huddled over my boat and literally sucked anything off that was not bolted down - literally.
Here are also some before and during shots. Also, if you ever wondered if Zodiac's can fly - they do, I have it on video.
Be safe folks and enjoy.