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Old 04-24-2019, 05:24 PM
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So many negative posts about people getting screwed in the boating community I figured I would start a thread about kindness I have seen.

We we were buying a boat, two days before we were to pick up the keys I got a call from the bank. Apparently the boat was hit by lightning and had fire damage and was owned by a salvage company. The owners fixed the boat then sold it to the guy we were going to buy it from. He had no clue because he paid cash and there was no title research. He felt so bad he paid us back for the survey and haul out expenses we incurred since the bank would not do the loan. He was a stand up guy.

Today while bottom painting i gave some Festool sanding discs to a couple next to me struggling to remove old bottom paint then gave them a can of zinc spray paint for their running gear.

What are your good boating stories where someone in the community passed it on?
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Old 04-25-2019, 04:40 PM
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Once while crossing the abaco bank, between Great Sail cay and Spanish Cay, we switched diesel tanks and... nothing. Couldn't get the engines to draw from this tank.

A large motor yacht stopped and ended up loaning us a siphon powered by a drill. We ran our drill batteries till dead and were able to make it home.

Even though they were super rich people, they were down to earth enough to help us out. Pretty cool!
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Old 04-25-2019, 04:50 PM
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Some stranger at the sandbar cooked me a burger. Nice gentlemen he was.

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Old 04-25-2019, 05:06 PM
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10 years ago we were diving off of Spanish Cay in the Bahamas and one of my divers was bit by a bull shark! Scariest day on the water for me, for sure, as I was running the boat.

Worse was that my neighbor was with us and it was his 14 year old son. I called my first and only Mayday after tying a tourniquet and hauled ass to Spanish cay. A general surgeon who was out fishing heard the radio calls. He dropped what he was doing and ran several miles over to help and make sure he was stable. Doctors names Mark Beaty and he was from Stuart, Fl. Pretty dang awesome.

We ended up getting an air ambulance back to St. Mary's trauma center, who did a fantastic job. 3 cut tendons and hundreds of stiches, but Derek make it out the other side, with some cool scars and little deficit (thank goodness).

Lot's of people helped that day... volunteer ambulance crew on Abaco, Dr. Shedd on Treasure cay (an American trauma ER doc working in Abaco for a few years), the peeps at Spanish cay marina....

Super thankful for all of them. So if no other boater ever does anything nice for me again, I sure won't feel cheated in any way!
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Old 04-25-2019, 05:09 PM
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Awesome story!
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Old 04-25-2019, 05:14 PM
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Longtime boaters are good people , but jerks are jerks. Whether they have a boat or not.
While eating lunch at the boat ramp and watching the dummies, I aided a nice lady in skimpy bikini that had a low battery on a Evinrude Ficht. Drove my van down to the water on ramp and hooked up jumper cables. They went off .
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I have always found most boat owners are very nice people who share a common passion, but unfortunately things are slowly changing. It is becoming more of a "me, me, me" world out there and that includes some boaters. Mutual respect is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Sorry to sound so negative, but I am an old fart and sadly things change.
However, the two communities that are doing better at fighting this change are the boaters and the RV folks. Most are just great people who don't "expect" free crap.
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Old 04-25-2019, 07:02 PM
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10 years ago we were diving off of Spanish Cay in the Bahamas and one of my divers was bit by a bull shark! Scariest day on the water for me, for sure, as I was running the boat.

Worse was that my neighbor was with us and it was his 14 year old son. I called my first and only Mayday after tying a tourniquet and hauled ass to Spanish cay. A general surgeon who was out fishing heard the radio calls. He dropped what he was doing and ran several miles over to help and make sure he was stable. Doctors names Mark Beaty and he was from Stuart, Fl. Pretty dang awesome.

We ended up getting an air ambulance back to St. Mary's trauma center, who did a fantastic job. 3 cut tendons and hundreds of stiches, but Derek make it out the other side, with some cool scars and little deficit (thank goodness).

Lot's of people helped that day... volunteer ambulance crew on Abaco, Dr. Shedd on Treasure cay (an American trauma ER doc working in Abaco for a few years), the peeps at Spanish cay marina....

Super thankful for all of them. So if no other boater ever does anything nice for me again, I sure won't feel cheated in any way!
That's a pretty cool story of a lot of individuals coming together.
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Old 04-25-2019, 07:05 PM
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I passed the Grey Poupon more then a few times
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Old 04-25-2019, 07:07 PM
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More than one time I've pulled boats off the sand bars along oyster Creek channel in barnegat bay
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Old 04-25-2019, 07:22 PM
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Once at a boat ramp at Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia, a friend and I were going to put my dad's '84 Whaler Montauk in the water. We pulled up and a guy about 55 and his wife were standing outside their trailered bowrider about to back it in. He came up to my truck and said he was going to let us go first as he'd just bought the boat and had no experience. He then got in his SUV and pulled up and the boat slid off the trailer into the gravel. He had apparently unhooked it from the bow before we arrived. My friend and I got out and helped him try to get it back on the trailer. Hooked it to the winch and got it on there. He was embarrassed but appreciative. His wife tried to offer us money but we refused (which was tempting for two 17 year olds).

Saw him later that afternoon riding it around. Wasn't any damage that we could see.

Hope he's still enjoying that boat!
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I helped out some kids on a jet ski recently. They sucked the tow rope for their tube up in the impeller. Loaned them a knife and kept close with the boat while they cleared the rope so others didn’t run them over.

At one ramp we go to the tide rips pretty fast, everyone always helps each other out docking etc. one day there was a guy there an I swear he was there for an hour just assisting boaters at the dock. Super helpful gentleman.
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Old 04-25-2019, 09:07 PM
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I know lots of boaters who never advised someone to commit credit card fraud...
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Fishing by the Fire Island Lighthouse about 15-17 years ago, drifting eels at night looking for a bass. Two teenage boys fishing off the dock there, hooked up with a nice sized fish, but couldn't get in out of the water up onto the dock. My buddy drove over near them, we saw the fish under the dock lights, and I grabbed our net to help them out. I think they were a little leery of out in tensions when we went over there, but I assured them we were going to land the fish and give it to them. I netted the fish, proceeded to lift it into our boat. The fish was large. It flopped in the net so hard that it pulled me down to my knees cracking 2-3 ribs on the gunwale. We landed it finally, handed it off to the 2 boys, and watched as they tried to load the fish into the front basket of their bicycle. Heard through the grape vine fish was over 50 lbs. I missed 4 weeks of work from rib injury, but had my best fall bass run ever.
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A couple weeks ago we were on a local sandbar during a "jetski invasion" and when all of the skis departed there was one left behind. He couldn't get his ski started and his "friends" stuck with the group and left him behind. He hung out on our boat for the rest of the day while we followed the "invasion" and met up with his friends on the next island where we grilled and drank beer and had a good time. When everyone left the island we towed his ski to the ramp where he put in. We had a great day and did everything we had set out to for the day and hopefully we helped relieve some of his stress over having a broken ski.

It's like I told my wife... Some day it will be our turn.
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A couple weeks ago we were on a local sandbar during a "jetski invasion" and when all of the skis departed there was one left behind. He couldn't get his ski started and his "friends" stuck with the group and left him behind. He hung out on our boat for the rest of the day while we followed the "invasion" and met up with his friends on the next island where we grilled and drank beer and had a good time. When everyone left the island we towed his ski to the ramp where he put in. We had a great day and did everything we had set out to for the day and hopefully we helped relieve some of his stress over having a broken ski.

It's like I told my wife... Some day it will be our turn.
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That was cool of you.

The second year I had my boat, a pontoon boat broke down in our lagoon. I was still very knew to boating, and I watch as boat after boat just went right past him. So I went to tow him. Some jerk off, who was one of the boat that didn't help, start yelling instructions at me from his dock. It took me awhile, but eventually I was able to get him turned in the right direction and back to his dock.
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I hear lots of calls for assistance out at the canyons. Someone loses a belt, or needs oil or some kind of fluid, or ice, or bait, or fuel....

People help out if they can. Most realize the tow companies can be days away from getting you to port.
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"Screw him!!....If he won't turn his spotlight off and change course, I'll be damned if I'm going to change course or turn off mine!"
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A couple of years ago I was coming in black point channel, Miami, which is almost two miles to the ramp, and a small 20’ boat was mid channel with the owner trying to tie up to a marker. Boats were passing him and I told my girlfriend ‘look at that idiot trying to tie up to the marker’. I came along side as he was blocking everything and I wanted to tell him he couldn’t do that when I saw a panicked guy, his lady with a real small baby in her arms. I asked him if they were ok and the first time boater broke down and couldn’t get it stared killing the battery. Towed him in and they were so grateful. I went and got my trailer backed it in and found that someone stole my winch handle. I was using a wrench as a handle to crank my boat up when who showed up with his handle, yup, the guy I towed in. Good does good some times.
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A couple of years ago I was coming in black point channel, Miami, which is almost two miles to the ramp, and a small 20’ boat was mid channel with the owner trying to tie up to a marker. Boats were passing him and I told my girlfriend ‘look at that idiot trying to tie up to the marker’. I came along side as he was blocking everything and I wanted to tell him he couldn’t do that when I saw a panicked guy, his lady with a real small baby in her arms. I asked him if they were ok and the first time boater broke down and couldn’t get it stared killing the battery. Towed him in and they were so grateful. I went and got my trailer backed it in and found that someone stole my winch handle. I was using a wrench as a handle to crank my boat up when who showed up with his handle, yup, the guy I towed in. Good does good some times.
Good on you for doing a good thing! I will only take exception to one thing, good always does good, if only for your inner peace and your ability to look at yourself in a mirror.
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