Yep I’ve lost a 9.9 Yamaha… those things are heavier than they look, if I remember right they are basically underpowered 15hp’s and are nearly 50% heavier than the 9.8’s.
Hmmm what else… $10,000 radio belonging to Port Everglades (shirt pocket), a couple Motorola’s, and… O yes, my pride!
Shortly after dropping the $10k radio I figured I’d better up my game (the mate’s patience was starting wear thin) so, being a young and eager 3rd mate, I spent a few nights reading and rereading all the safety manuals… Deep within the manual for the hydrostatic release was a comment
"After thaking expired units out of service please dunk them in 3 meters of water. If the unit fails to cut the line please return it to us for lab testing"
A few weeks later all the liferaft hydro’s expired so I tied them to a heavy shackle and - with the help of Lucy the C/M, Bosun and 2 AB’s (each eager to witness my experiment) - tossed the line overboard… only the ship was going 15knots so the shackle didn’t sink 3 meters instead it took off like a water skier skipping at the end of the line (which I had previously secured to a bit) banging mercilessly against the side of the ship. Between the uber-loud banging, the C/M yelling in my ear, the old man shouting down from the bridge wing, and the Ch Engineer squawking on the radio… it took a few minutes for me to cut the line.
I didn’t officially get in trouble to that swift maneuver, the captain tore into the Ch Mate for eagerly bearing witness to my brilliance, but she sure made my life difficult over the following weeks.