The phone call: "Are you the owner of a boat with a beer keg on the deck labeled "diesel"?
Me: "Yep. Isn't she a beauty?"
He: "There's a problem with your boat."
Me: "Oh-oh. What happened?"
He: "It's sinking. And it's on fire."
Me: "Oh no. Wow. At the same time?"
He: "How soon can you get here?"
Me: "Ten minutes?"
He: "See you there.
Click on the mp3 file below to hear the similar message left on Captain Pat's answering machine.
He was climbing in Yosemite at the time.
Here's the table of contents of the whole saga:
Chapter 1: How to Get a Free Yacht
Chapter 2: Maiden Voyage of the Free Yacht
Chapter 3: Fix Broken Stix and other Trix
Chapter 4: Outboard Motor Mutilates Foot
Chapter 5: It's sinking and it's on Fire.
Chapter 6: How To Give Away a Free Yacht
Chapter 7: Get an Even Better One and Fabulize it.
Chapter 8: Celebrate Freedom
Chapter 9: Technicolor Dreamboat
Chapter 10: Privateer Knot
Chapter 11: Dismasted!
Chapter 12: Kiteboat!
Chapter 13: Mast Raising