A Boating Story... (little long)

A Boating Story... (little long)

Post by Patfis » Fri, 09 Apr 1999 04:00:00


To All,
This is not intended to be a "troll". It is simply a true story that took
place in the summer of '97...

Four boats, four good friends and their families spent two full weeks
cruising the inland passage (between the mainland and Vancouver Island), the
Canadian Gulf Islands and the US San Juans. It came to pass that, toward the
end of the cruise, it was time for a civilized stop at a port offering
provisions, laundry, two-bit showers and cheeseburgers. Thus our little
flotilla ended up at Friday Harbor, the main city in the San Juans.

Being mid-week it only took an hour or so for the harbormaster to find 4
adjacent slips and before long we were securely moored; two boats (stern in)
on the north and two on the south side of the pier directly opposite.
Perfect for us to recount our adventures, monitor the steamer (we had a
dozen or so Dungeness Crab) and turn the "cocktail lamp" on.

That's when we saw the sailboat.

Now, I have no particular issue with sailboats and consider them fellow
boaters...except when you get the occasional JERK. This fellow, his wife and
shivering little rat-dog, arrived to take the slip next to our little group.
As we ALWAYS do, several of us walked over to help with lines, keep him from
bumping the dock and generally assist until he could set his fenders and
secure his boat to his liking. In my experience this is the time that most
boaters say "Thanks" and begin a conversation about where you've been, where
you're from, where you're going etc. Not this dude. Our "could-have-been"
buddy proceeded to berate his wife for tossing us lines and told us in
no-uncertain-terms that he was perfectly capable of docking his own boat.
We, of course, retired to our own boats and left them to their chores.
Not long after they were secured, my friend Mark (who I could see was
miffed) asked me to join him on his boat (he was moored next to this
gentleman and within easy hearing) for***tails and conversation.

The conversation was as follows:
Mark(M): So Pat(P), have you calculated your OWS for your boat?
Pat(P): OWS?
M: Your Optimum Wake Speed.
P: You mean where I kick up the biggest wake?
M: Yup. Mine's about 2500 RPM
P: On my boat 2000 is just before I hit a plane and that's about the max.
Why?
M: Well tomorrow we need to look for two sailboats rafted together. I'll
pass them close to port at my OWS and get the left boat rocking. You pass
them to starboard about 10 seconds or so later.
P: Huh?
M: Sure. See, if you're at your OWS and pass at just the right time we will
have those sailboats rocking exactly opposite each other! If we're really
lucky we'll get them to hook their spreaders together at the top! You can
get points for that!
P: Cool. How many points?
M: Doesn't matter. What's really cool is that you get a score. You have the
right to put a little sailboat decal on your flybridge.
P: Really? You mean that if I get five, I could be an "ACE"?
M: You bet! It's hard though. Some times you just***'em off.

Our (could-have-been) buddy didn't even finish his dinner before he headed
for the dockmaster. Wasn't 20 minutes before he, his wife and the rat-dog,
left for a different slip.

Of course I've never really done such a deed (nor would I) but it was fun
tugging on this guy's chain.
That's my story and I'm sticking by it.

--
Patrick

 
 
 

A Boating Story... (little long)

Post by Phoeni » Fri, 09 Apr 1999 04:00:00

Isn't it great that  kind of skipper is the rare exception.  I think that is
one of the things I enjoy about boating, is that 99% of the boaters, power
or sail, are chilled and enjoying themselves on the water.

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| To All,
| This is not intended to be a "troll". It is simply a true story that took
| place in the summer of '97...
|
| Four boats, four good friends and their families spent two full weeks
| cruising the inland passage (between the mainland and Vancouver Island),
the
| Canadian Gulf Islands and the US San Juans. It came to pass that, toward
the
| end of the cruise, it was time for a civilized stop at a port offering
| provisions, laundry, two-bit showers and cheeseburgers. Thus our little
| flotilla ended up at Friday Harbor, the main city in the San Juans.
|
| Being mid-week it only took an hour or so for the harbormaster to find 4
| adjacent slips and before long we were securely moored; two boats (stern
in)
| on the north and two on the south side of the pier directly opposite.
| Perfect for us to recount our adventures, monitor the steamer (we had a
| dozen or so Dungeness Crab) and turn the "cocktail lamp" on.
|
| That's when we saw the sailboat.
|
| Now, I have no particular issue with sailboats and consider them fellow
| boaters...except when you get the occasional JERK. This fellow, his wife
and
| shivering little rat-dog, arrived to take the slip next to our little
group.
| As we ALWAYS do, several of us walked over to help with lines, keep him
from
| bumping the dock and generally assist until he could set his fenders and
| secure his boat to his liking. In my experience this is the time that most
| boaters say "Thanks" and begin a conversation about where you've been,
where
| you're from, where you're going etc. Not this dude. Our "could-have-been"
| buddy proceeded to berate his wife for tossing us lines and told us in
| no-uncertain-terms that he was perfectly capable of docking his own boat.
| We, of course, retired to our own boats and left them to their chores.
| Not long after they were secured, my friend Mark (who I could see was
| miffed) asked me to join him on his boat (he was moored next to this
| gentleman and within easy hearing) for***tails and conversation.
|
| The conversation was as follows:
| Mark(M): So Pat(P), have you calculated your OWS for your boat?
| Pat(P): OWS?
| M: Your Optimum Wake Speed.
| P: You mean where I kick up the biggest wake?
| M: Yup. Mine's about 2500 RPM
| P: On my boat 2000 is just before I hit a plane and that's about the max.
| Why?
| M: Well tomorrow we need to look for two sailboats rafted together. I'll
| pass them close to port at my OWS and get the left boat rocking. You pass
| them to starboard about 10 seconds or so later.
| P: Huh?
| M: Sure. See, if you're at your OWS and pass at just the right time we
will
| have those sailboats rocking exactly opposite each other! If we're really
| lucky we'll get them to hook their spreaders together at the top! You can
| get points for that!
| P: Cool. How many points?
| M: Doesn't matter. What's really cool is that you get a score. You have
the
| right to put a little sailboat decal on your flybridge.
| P: Really? You mean that if I get five, I could be an "ACE"?
| M: You bet! It's hard though. Some times you just***'em off.
|
| Our (could-have-been) buddy didn't even finish his dinner before he headed
| for the dockmaster. Wasn't 20 minutes before he, his wife and the rat-dog,
| left for a different slip.
|
| Of course I've never really done such a deed (nor would I) but it was fun
| tugging on this guy's chain.
| That's my story and I'm sticking by it.
|
| --
| Patrick

|
|
|
|

 
 
 

A Boating Story... (little long)

Post by Patfis » Fri, 09 Apr 1999 04:00:00

Very true. He was the exception. We DID laugh though.......

--
Patrick

|Isn't it great that  kind of skipper is the rare exception.  I think that
is
|one of the things I enjoy about boating, is that 99% of the boaters, power
|or sail, are chilled and enjoying themselves on the water.
|
|--
|--
|Jim
|Regal Marine Boat Owners - Join the forum listed below:
|http://SportToday.org/
|
|
|Your ex just called....she's with the IRS now.
|

|| To All,
|| This is not intended to be a "troll". It is simply a true story that took
|| place in the summer of '97...
||
|| Four boats, four good friends and their families spent two full weeks
|| cruising the inland passage (between the mainland and Vancouver Island),
|the
|| Canadian Gulf Islands and the US San Juans. It came to pass that, toward
|the
|| end of the cruise, it was time for a civilized stop at a port offering
|| provisions, laundry, two-bit showers and cheeseburgers. Thus our little
|| flotilla ended up at Friday Harbor, the main city in the San Juans.
||
|| Being mid-week it only took an hour or so for the harbormaster to find 4
|| adjacent slips and before long we were securely moored; two boats (stern
|in)
|| on the north and two on the south side of the pier directly opposite.
|| Perfect for us to recount our adventures, monitor the steamer (we had a
|| dozen or so Dungeness Crab) and turn the "cocktail lamp" on.
||
|| That's when we saw the sailboat.
||
|| Now, I have no particular issue with sailboats and consider them fellow
|| boaters...except when you get the occasional JERK. This fellow, his wife
|and
|| shivering little rat-dog, arrived to take the slip next to our little
|group.
|| As we ALWAYS do, several of us walked over to help with lines, keep him
|from
|| bumping the dock and generally assist until he could set his fenders and
|| secure his boat to his liking. In my experience this is the time that
most
|| boaters say "Thanks" and begin a conversation about where you've been,
|where
|| you're from, where you're going etc. Not this dude. Our "could-have-been"
|| buddy proceeded to berate his wife for tossing us lines and told us in
|| no-uncertain-terms that he was perfectly capable of docking his own boat.
|| We, of course, retired to our own boats and left them to their chores.
|| Not long after they were secured, my friend Mark (who I could see was
|| miffed) asked me to join him on his boat (he was moored next to this
|| gentleman and within easy hearing) for***tails and conversation.
||
|| The conversation was as follows:
|| Mark(M): So Pat(P), have you calculated your OWS for your boat?
|| Pat(P): OWS?
|| M: Your Optimum Wake Speed.
|| P: You mean where I kick up the biggest wake?
|| M: Yup. Mine's about 2500 RPM
|| P: On my boat 2000 is just before I hit a plane and that's about the max.
|| Why?
|| M: Well tomorrow we need to look for two sailboats rafted together. I'll
|| pass them close to port at my OWS and get the left boat rocking. You pass
|| them to starboard about 10 seconds or so later.
|| P: Huh?
|| M: Sure. See, if you're at your OWS and pass at just the right time we
|will
|| have those sailboats rocking exactly opposite each other! If we're really
|| lucky we'll get them to hook their spreaders together at the top! You can
|| get points for that!
|| P: Cool. How many points?
|| M: Doesn't matter. What's really cool is that you get a score. You have
|the
|| right to put a little sailboat decal on your flybridge.
|| P: Really? You mean that if I get five, I could be an "ACE"?
|| M: You bet! It's hard though. Some times you just***'em off.
||
|| Our (could-have-been) buddy didn't even finish his dinner before he
headed
|| for the dockmaster. Wasn't 20 minutes before he, his wife and the
rat-dog,
|| left for a different slip.
||
|| Of course I've never really done such a deed (nor would I) but it was fun
|| tugging on this guy's chain.
|| That's my story and I'm sticking by it.
||
|| --
|| Patrick

||
||
||
||
|
|

 
 
 

A Boating Story... (little long)

Post by B » Fri, 09 Apr 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> <  insert "butthead boater put in his place" story here >

Patrick....

I like the way you and your buddies make things right!

Look for me in the San Juans this summer... I'm the little boat
cruising around at OWS with a half-rack of sailboat stickers on my
flybridge.  (You should get some little static-cling sailboats to slap
on there for real if this ever came up again).

Reminds me of a camping trip a couple of summers back.  We were
tenters camped along side a motor home.... we were the water skiers
and he was the fisherman.  One morning his wife came out and was
greeted by my wife... she returned the courtesy... and when she went
back inside we could hear him screaming at her "Why the hell did you
say 'good morning' to THEM!?!?!?!" to which she defended herself by
saying "She said it first!".  What a life.....   needless to say, so
far as we're concerned he didn't prevail in his opinion as to when the
water skiers should stay off the lake to provide some peace and quiet
for the fishermen.

There's nothing like getting the deserved few to boil in their own
juices.... so well deserved!

BW

 
 
 

A Boating Story... (little long)

Post by Peter Ka » Fri, 09 Apr 1999 04:00:00

We're not all like that, I had two motor boats before "investing" in wind
power.

If you're on the water in a sailboat, Bayliner or Hatteras and enjoying it
(in a courteous and safe manner), all power to you.
--
Regards,

Peter
Remove nospam to e-mail

www.yachthawkwind.demon.co.uk/peters.htm

"We are chosen, we are one
 We are frightened of no-one"

Quote:


>To All,
>This is not intended to be a "troll". It is simply a true story that took
>place in the summer of '97...

>Four boats, four good friends and their families spent two full weeks
>cruising the inland passage (between the mainland and Vancouver Island),
the
>Canadian Gulf Islands and the US San Juans. It came to pass that, toward
the
>end of the cruise, it was time for a civilized stop at a port offering
>provisions, laundry, two-bit showers and cheeseburgers. Thus our little
>flotilla ended up at Friday Harbor, the main city in the San Juans.

>Being mid-week it only took an hour or so for the harbormaster to find 4
>adjacent slips and before long we were securely moored; two boats (stern
in)
>on the north and two on the south side of the pier directly opposite.
>Perfect for us to recount our adventures, monitor the steamer (we had a
>dozen or so Dungeness Crab) and turn the "cocktail lamp" on.

>That's when we saw the sailboat.

>Now, I have no particular issue with sailboats and consider them fellow
>boaters...except when you get the occasional JERK. This fellow, his wife
and
>shivering little rat-dog, arrived to take the slip next to our little
group.
>As we ALWAYS do, several of us walked over to help with lines, keep him
from
>bumping the dock and generally assist until he could set his fenders and
>secure his boat to his liking. In my experience this is the time that most
>boaters say "Thanks" and begin a conversation about where you've been,
where
>you're from, where you're going etc. Not this dude. Our "could-have-been"
>buddy proceeded to berate his wife for tossing us lines and told us in
>no-uncertain-terms that he was perfectly capable of docking his own boat.
>We, of course, retired to our own boats and left them to their chores.
>Not long after they were secured, my friend Mark (who I could see was
>miffed) asked me to join him on his boat (he was moored next to this
>gentleman and within easy hearing) for***tails and conversation.

>The conversation was as follows:
>Mark(M): So Pat(P), have you calculated your OWS for your boat?
>Pat(P): OWS?
>M: Your Optimum Wake Speed.
>P: You mean where I kick up the biggest wake?
>M: Yup. Mine's about 2500 RPM
>P: On my boat 2000 is just before I hit a plane and that's about the max.
>Why?
>M: Well tomorrow we need to look for two sailboats rafted together. I'll
>pass them close to port at my OWS and get the left boat rocking. You pass
>them to starboard about 10 seconds or so later.
>P: Huh?
>M: Sure. See, if you're at your OWS and pass at just the right time we will
>have those sailboats rocking exactly opposite each other! If we're really
>lucky we'll get them to hook their spreaders together at the top! You can
>get points for that!
>P: Cool. How many points?
>M: Doesn't matter. What's really cool is that you get a score. You have the
>right to put a little sailboat decal on your flybridge.
>P: Really? You mean that if I get five, I could be an "ACE"?
>M: You bet! It's hard though. Some times you just***'em off.

>Our (could-have-been) buddy didn't even finish his dinner before he headed
>for the dockmaster. Wasn't 20 minutes before he, his wife and the rat-dog,
>left for a different slip.

>Of course I've never really done such a deed (nor would I) but it was fun
>tugging on this guy's chain.
>That's my story and I'm sticking by it.

>--
>Patrick


 
 
 

A Boating Story... (little long)

Post by Frank Hendsbe » Fri, 09 Apr 1999 04:00:00

It is true, you treat the good boaters the right way, and you treat the bad
boaters the "right" way.


Quote:
>We're not all like that, I had two motor boats before "investing" in wind
>power.

>If you're on the water in a sailboat, Bayliner or Hatteras and enjoying it
>(in a courteous and safe manner), all power to you.
>--
>Regards,

>Peter
>Remove nospam to e-mail

>www.yachthawkwind.demon.co.uk/peters.htm

>"We are chosen, we are one
> We are frightened of no-one"


>>To All,
>>This is not intended to be a "troll". It is simply a true story that took
>>place in the summer of '97...

>>Four boats, four good friends and their families spent two full weeks
>>cruising the inland passage (between the mainland and Vancouver Island),
>the
>>Canadian Gulf Islands and the US San Juans. It came to pass that, toward
>the
>>end of the cruise, it was time for a civilized stop at a port offering
>>provisions, laundry, two-bit showers and cheeseburgers. Thus our little
>>flotilla ended up at Friday Harbor, the main city in the San Juans.

>>Being mid-week it only took an hour or so for the harbormaster to find 4
>>adjacent slips and before long we were securely moored; two boats (stern
>in)
>>on the north and two on the south side of the pier directly opposite.
>>Perfect for us to recount our adventures, monitor the steamer (we had a
>>dozen or so Dungeness Crab) and turn the "cocktail lamp" on.

>>That's when we saw the sailboat.

>>Now, I have no particular issue with sailboats and consider them fellow
>>boaters...except when you get the occasional JERK. This fellow, his wife
>and
>>shivering little rat-dog, arrived to take the slip next to our little
>group.
>>As we ALWAYS do, several of us walked over to help with lines, keep him
>from
>>bumping the dock and generally assist until he could set his fenders and
>>secure his boat to his liking. In my experience this is the time that most
>>boaters say "Thanks" and begin a conversation about where you've been,
>where
>>you're from, where you're going etc. Not this dude. Our "could-have-been"
>>buddy proceeded to berate his wife for tossing us lines and told us in
>>no-uncertain-terms that he was perfectly capable of docking his own boat.
>>We, of course, retired to our own boats and left them to their chores.
>>Not long after they were secured, my friend Mark (who I could see was
>>miffed) asked me to join him on his boat (he was moored next to this
>>gentleman and within easy hearing) for***tails and conversation.

>>The conversation was as follows:
>>Mark(M): So Pat(P), have you calculated your OWS for your boat?
>>Pat(P): OWS?
>>M: Your Optimum Wake Speed.
>>P: You mean where I kick up the biggest wake?
>>M: Yup. Mine's about 2500 RPM
>>P: On my boat 2000 is just before I hit a plane and that's about the max.
>>Why?
>>M: Well tomorrow we need to look for two sailboats rafted together. I'll
>>pass them close to port at my OWS and get the left boat rocking. You pass
>>them to starboard about 10 seconds or so later.
>>P: Huh?
>>M: Sure. See, if you're at your OWS and pass at just the right time we
will
>>have those sailboats rocking exactly opposite each other! If we're really
>>lucky we'll get them to hook their spreaders together at the top! You can
>>get points for that!
>>P: Cool. How many points?
>>M: Doesn't matter. What's really cool is that you get a score. You have
the
>>right to put a little sailboat decal on your flybridge.
>>P: Really? You mean that if I get five, I could be an "ACE"?
>>M: You bet! It's hard though. Some times you just***'em off.

>>Our (could-have-been) buddy didn't even finish his dinner before he headed
>>for the dockmaster. Wasn't 20 minutes before he, his wife and the rat-dog,
>>left for a different slip.

>>Of course I've never really done such a deed (nor would I) but it was fun
>>tugging on this guy's chain.
>>That's my story and I'm sticking by it.

>>--
>>Patrick


 
 
 

A Boating Story... (little long)

Post by Rick » Fri, 09 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Quote:
>We're not all like that, I had two motor boats before "investing" in wind
>power.

>If you're on the water in a sailboat, Bayliner or Hatteras and enjoying it
>(in a courteous and safe manner), all power to you.
>--
>Regards,

>Peter
>Remove nospam to e-mail

>www.yachthawkwind.demon.co.uk/peters.htm

For the most part we get along fine with the sailboaters on our Lake. Some
seem a bit standoffish but they probably think the same of us. Couple of
years back there was a group of us anchored and backed up to a nice sand
beach in a sheltered cove. A couple of friends had beached their 58'
houseboats and we were on the top deck having a good afternoon. A group of
about 10 or so sailboats motored in and anchored out and shortly after a
large group came ashore in their tenders yelling that they had come to***
our women, drink our liquor and eat our food. We welcomed them aboard and
had a great day with them. In regards to their demands we quickly informed
them that the liquor was out of the question.

Rick

 
 
 

A Boating Story... (little long)

Post by Sma42 » Fri, 09 Apr 1999 04:00:00

I love a good story such as this one. Wish I was there. Now I just need to get
some little sailboat stickers.

SA

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A Boating Story... (little long)

Post by MadCow » Tue, 13 Apr 1999 04:00:00

Another little boat story:  A couple of years ago I was heading into a sandbar
to beach  my Bayliner 2655 and go swimming.  A couple of 17-footers were
already there, and I heard one guy say to the other, "There's one of those big
boats that never leaves the slip."

Huh?

 
 
 

A Boating Story... (little long)

Post by RGrew1 » Tue, 13 Apr 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

>Another little boat story:  A couple of years ago I was heading into a
>sandbar
>to beach  my Bayliner 2655 and go swimming.  A couple of 17-footers were
>already there, and I heard one guy say to the other, "There's one of those
>big
>boats that never leaves the slip."

Gotta laugh at that one. One thing is certain when I buy a boat it is to do one
thing. Go cruisin. Favorite Lake Erie destination is 32 miles east. Put-in-Bay,
Ohio. Go there at least 10 times a season. What a great place.

Hey to the rest of the group, where is your favorite cruising destination? My
boat does not sit at the dock. I have averaged 116 engine hours the past 3
seasons. Now once I retire that # will most certainly go UP.

 
 
 

A Boating Story... (little long)

Post by Phoeni » Tue, 13 Apr 1999 04:00:00

Rich,
Anyone who has a boat in the Great Lakes and doesn't visit the North Channel
for some beautiful scenery and Put-In-Bay for some nice resort nightlife is
missing two great cruising destinations on the lakes.

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--
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|
| >Another little boat story:  A couple of years ago I was heading into a
| >sandbar
| >to beach  my Bayliner 2655 and go swimming.  A couple of 17-footers were
| >already there, and I heard one guy say to the other, "There's one of
those
| >big
| >boats that never leaves the slip."
|
| Gotta laugh at that one. One thing is certain when I buy a boat it is to
do one
| thing. Go cruisin. Favorite Lake Erie destination is 32 miles east.
Put-in-Bay,
| Ohio. Go there at least 10 times a season. What a great place.
|
| Hey to the rest of the group, where is your favorite cruising destination?
My
| boat does not sit at the dock. I have averaged 116 engine hours the past 3
| seasons. Now once I retire that # will most certainly go UP.
|

 
 
 

A Boating Story... (little long)

Post by Steven Shelikof » Tue, 13 Apr 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> Rich,
> Anyone who has a boat in the Great Lakes and doesn't visit the North Channel
> for some beautiful scenery and Put-In-Bay for some nice resort nightlife is
> missing two great cruising destinations on the lakes.

If it's nightlife you want, my marina has about 20 great clubs within an easy
walk.

Steve

--
/ / /

/ / /

 
 
 

A Boating Story... (little long)

Post by Sma42 » Tue, 13 Apr 1999 04:00:00

Quote:
>If it's nightlife you want, my marina has about 20 great clubs within an easy
>walk.

>Steve

That depends on how many drinks you have  ;-)

SA

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A Boating Story... (little long)

Post by Steven Shelikof » Tue, 13 Apr 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> >If it's nightlife you want, my marina has about 20 great clubs within an easy
> >walk.

> >Steve

> That depends on how many drinks you have  ;-)

Walk to, crawl back.  Sounds good to me.:)

Steve

--
/ / /

/ / /

 
 
 

A Boating Story... (little long)

Post by Charles T. Lo » Tue, 13 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Quote:
> Hey to the rest of the group, where is your favorite cruising destination?

I live and work and boat in the Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence River.
The aboriginals called it the "Garden of the Great God". Magical.

Charles

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 Brockville, Ontario, Canada K6V 7E6
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