I think I know you all well enough now to confess how silly my humans can be. About 6 months ago they managed to destroy an iPhone, an iPad and an outboard all in one short ride home! How on earth did they manage that? I hear you cry! By being complete muppets! That’s how!
They’d been to Captain Tony’s for dinner and they were coming home in the dinghy. I often go over for dinner too, but luckily on this occasion I’d stayed curled up on Nocturne. They’d had a lot to drink and were having a really good time laughing and joking on the way back. The weather wasn’t the best, and there were reasonable sized waves rolling in through the marina entrance. They decided to go into the entrance and ride them. Only intoxicated humans would think that this was a good idea! They enjoyed 4/5 waves and were heading back out when all of a sudden a MONSTER WAVE came rushing towards them!
Dad shouted ‘hold on!’ and the next thing they knew they were in the water. The wave lifted the bow out of the water and the power of it just flipped the dinghy completely over, throwing my humans out. Luckily neither of them hit their head and after a minute or two of confusion they found each other and managed to cling on to the capsized dinghy. It was about 2am and so even with the marina lights it was fairly dark. With the waves still rough they decided the safest plan of action was to get on top of the bottom of the dinghy and wait for it to wash up on the rocks. Mum was still clinging to her iPad laughing and dad threw it into the water telling her it was already ruined and it was more important to cling on to the tender now and prepare to be washed up onto the rocks. He also threw in his iPhone to prove a point as it was sodden in his pocket. Climbing onto the dinghy was painful because it was covered in barnacles and the humans got a few scratches.
After a while they hit the rocks and clambered up and onto the pontoon. They were lucky, again, not to hurt themselves. They ran down the pontoon and then realised that they would either need to walk a long way around to get back to Nocturne or they could swim across. Now in the safety of the marina and already soaking they decided to swim the short distance and climb up the safety ladder onto our pontoon. When they got back I didn’t know what to think, they looked like little drowned rats! They jumped straight into the shower and then headed back out to see about recovering the dinghy.
By this time the marina staff had seen the dinghy and were coming to help. Dad went back with them in the rescue tender but by now the waves were too dangerous to try and get it off the rocks. When we woke up in the morning they had recovered it and kindly tied it back on to Nocturne still upside down. The outboard, however, was completely ruined, and the seat had come off and sunk. Dad wasn’t too upset about the outboard as he’d been looking at getting a new one anyway, and now he had the perfect excuse. But we were all sad at the loss of the seat. Mum had lost her shoes in the water with the force of the waves and they washed up a couple of days later on the beach. We all crossed our paws that this would happen with the seat too. Unfortunately it seems that it sunk straight away and is in a muddy heaven with the iPad and iPhone.
I’m really glad that I decided to stay on board Nocturne that evening and not take a swim with the humans. We now have a rule that no apple devices are allowed in the dinghy unless they’re in a waterproof case! I’ll be keeping my life-jacket on too just in case they get carried away again.