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Randell 'Randy' Kocurek

Glad you liked the idea I got from Sailor magazine about some sailboat lost in a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. Long story short, the last hand out of the pilot berth grabbed his lanyard with knife attached which saved the crew and lifeboat from being drug down with the sinking ship. Very real, very true story! As for my little ship, I had the fisherman's stainless steel folding blade with marlin spike on a lanyard around my neck about 30 years ago (shortly after reading the article) in a brand new to me Flying Dutchman 18(sporting an Olympic plate, no less) that I was refurbishin and sailing. Well, the wind was too much on Clear Lake off Galveston Bay here, and picked me up (single handed) and pushed us both hard and fast to the rock/riprap crusted lee South Shore about a mile away. The shackle on the main was frozen. The knife and marlinspike got it loose PDQ. Still, it was too close for comfort. So, I always have one of those fishermen's knives around my neck on any trip on the water, which have been fishing trips mostly. Very handy for general utility, cutting bait, etc... by the way.
Randy K.

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