I figured that a nice easy couple of hours on the boat would be good flu therapy - damn flu has had its teeth in most of the household for the last 3 weeks.
I had a leisurely couple of hours sanding and fitting the base block for the winch - and decided to pack away the bench grinder / multitool sander setup before glueing up and heading home. I've always been a bit wary carrying this grinder down the side decks, as it is a heavy, two-handed, awkward carry - being an industrial 8" grinder with a 3' belt sander and 7" disk sander.
Just as I was about to step through the door, I got a reflected wash on the other side of the boat - bumped the shoulder and it was an instant swan dive. Its about a 6' dive - and I threw the grinder as far as I could - I reckon if it would have hit me on the head I wouldn't be here writing this - and if I'd tried to hang on to it, I'd have gone straight down.
Nothing to do - other than take of my remaining shoe, retrieve the other one that came off when I hit the water and swim around to the small boat and climb in over the motor. The water was a bit cool too - it being mid-winter here.
So - the grinder is now listed at $358 - my glasses went to the bottom too - say another $500. Not the most productive of days eh?