Recently we were anchored in one of our typical spots - Sue Creek. We had three boats hanging on one anchor, the sun was shining, the beer was cold, the conversation was fun. The three girls were sitting on the swim platform dangling our feet in the water when we noticed that many of the people on the boats anchored behind us were staring intently at something ahead of us.
This is rarely a good sign.
I stood up, turned around, and "Oh @%$#!" This is what I saw:
We all stood in awe and worry on the bows of our boats knowing there was nothing we could do but watch.
The boat was quickly pushed off from the fuel dock. The light gray smoke cleared to form a menacing dark cloud above the red flames.
The boat started drifting our way. We were lucky to have only one anchor set. We quickly disbanded the raft up. At this point, the situation was certainly progressing into a more dangerous possibility and, frankly, we are lucky our friends were able to pull up anchor without incident.
Unfortunately, the boat was a total loss. We did hear through the VHF radio that everyone was able to safely get off the boat. Boats can be replaced. People cannot.
We will probably never know exactly what caused the fire. A random spark? A faulty wire? All I can say is that we must all be careful. Boats are fun. Boats can also be dangerous. Be safe my friends!