I think this would fall under “stupid shit my captain does” but I guess it’s kinda funny too.
I took a job as a pilot because the wages and bene’s are awesome but I am having to bite my tounge until it bleeds because of my “Captain’s” infinate knowledge.
The following issues seem to be an issue anywhere i go and believe me I have been one or two places. What irritates me though is there never seems to be a written company policy and the following are left up to the “Captain’s” discression…(please excuse my ADD spelling. I am not paying for "ie"spell check on here and I didn’t have time to run this one through my word program first)
What I am referring to is the Sea Chest being left open or closed and the same with the sight glasses.
Regarding the Sea Chest I prefer it left open with all my valves to my fire main system lined out and the overboard discharge slightly cracked to relieve excess pressure on the pump if someone shuts off all the topside valves without thinking.
Some Captains will hop up and down if you leave that Sea Cock open. Reason being is some dumbass went down in their engine room and started fucking with valves and damn near or did sink their boat.
I can see their point but I would rather take my chances with the high bilge alarm going off than have to try to get down to my lower ER in a fully involved ER fire to line out my fire main valves.
The way I have my system set up, all i have to do is hit the remote start and we are good to go until the fire burns up the wiring to the pump.
I don’t let anyone fuck with my valves and I have signage and postings next to my valves that a mole could read and understand.
You would have to purposely be trying to scutttle my boat to sink it by leaving the sea cock open.
Regarding the sight glasses…
Just last fall we had a dumb ass leave our bunker fuel sight glass open because he wanted to be able to see the fuel level without walking his lazy ass all the way down the stairs to open, take reading, and then close the sight glass.
Well, our piece of shit towboat shook like a bloodhound shittin a peach pit all the time. We broke sight glasses at least once a week.
I was cruzin with my feet on the dash out in San Antone Bay when the deckhand comes over the radio shouting “Fire in the fuckin engine room!!!”
By the time I got there he was knocking down the flames in the upper ER with a CO2. I made a stupid move and grabbed the dry chem that was hot enough to burn the shit out of my hand and worked my way to the lower ER in zero vis from toxic black smoke knocking down flames the whole way.
I lucked out and managed to knock down the fire while the deckhand pulled the remote engine shutdown.
When the smoke cleared and I stopped hacking there was the busted sight glass shooting about 10 gallons per minute right onto the exhaust manifold.
I would estimate about 150 gallons hit the machinery and deck before it ignited.
Yeah, that was one for the books.
Since then I am always double checking my sight glasses and lecturing my crew on keeping them closed unless in use.
I damn near lost my life saving that piece of shit towboat from a total loss and never even got a pat on the back.
Now I am on a nice big, brand new boat and the Captain in his infinate wisdom wants all sight glasses left open so dumbass deckhands that don’t know how to take a proper reading from a sight glass won’t get confused by a sight glass being closed.
I think if I was still working on that piece of shit I would probably win that arguement but beins that I am workin for a different company that has never almost lost a boat due to a broken sight glass being left open I have to just go with the flow.
What’s even worse is that my Captain’s nickname is “Full Ahead Ted”. So this brand new boat is always shaking and cavitating on his watch.
I have resolved to myself that if the ER catches on fire on his watch I am goin to grab him by his skinny fuckin neck and toss him down into that lower ER to see if the sight glass should be left open or closed.
Only problem though is dead men tell no tales. So who is gonna give the “lessons learned” safety meeting if he is a crispy critter?
Hey, I think I figured out how I am going to get my next promotion!