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Old 08-05-2015, 10:38 AM
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I have no issues pitching in and cant imagine not offering and would definitely help clean up after. But no way in the world am I wearing a bikini. Those guys may never recover from something like that.

I appreciate the input. I've always felt it was proper to offer, just dont have enough experience to know what it cost these guys to go out for the day. I'm sure a lot less than running way offshore but money is money. I had it in my mind that $40 would be a polite offer and that seems to make sense for what these guys do. But I'm also willing to pay for everything, especially while I'm learning.
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Old 08-05-2015, 10:41 AM
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My buddy has a big twin diesel sport fisher and wed go out all the time. Usually total of 5 couples. 4 of the couples would give him $80 a piece to be put towards whatever. He would always have the boat completely stocked with tons of drinks and lots of nice food for them girlies to cook. We would generally leave at sun up and return at sun down. Very small price to pay for an awesome day on the water and that money prob didn't even touch the fuel bill. Remember, while its def nice to treat all your friends that is not always the reality.
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Old 08-05-2015, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Jus Teasin View Post
That's a whole Lotta luvin u got there. But i betcha they can cook their ass off! Or....... Apperntly not
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Old 08-05-2015, 10:48 AM
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I always try to pay all the gas, bait, etc. Back when I was poor and in pipefitters apprentice school my buddy got a used Ranger bass boat with a merc 115 or 150. We went tubing and I paid the gas. After a couple of hours and 25 gallons of gas twice I had to tell him I was done having fun. Biggest motor I had owned was like 60 hp and I never heard or imagined you could use 25 gallons of gas in two hours. I was shocked! And broke!
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Old 08-05-2015, 10:54 AM
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My feelings is the boat owner shouldn't have to pay for any of the day's expenses. When I go on someone's boat I pick up 100% of the cost or split it among the other guest. When I invite someone on my boat I refuse any type of payment.
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Old 08-05-2015, 11:15 AM
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Fill the truck/boat on the way to or from the ramp,buy the ice,drinks and help clean the boat afterwards. $100.00 on a bay boat will just about that care of the day.
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Old 08-05-2015, 11:20 AM
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Born that way or 'identifies' as a she?
I'm going with "born that way" however I don't check each and everyone personally. I do however get way more than my fair share and luckily I haven't had a dong come flapping out at me..... yet.
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Old 08-05-2015, 11:59 AM
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Originally Posted by BuoyCall View Post
Since you are boat shopping and asking for advice anyway, it should be a natural transition to determine what your "fair share" of costs might be.

Ask questions about fuel tank size, how long does a full tank last, how much gas do you think we will use today... The answers you get should guide you to what the day is costing the owner.

Offer at least half of the fuel as a bare minimum since the fuel alone is only a small portion of the total operating cost and ALWAYS stick around to help clean the boat.

Remember, the more generous you are, the more likely you will be invited back.
Eh, maybe it is just me, but I'm certainly not going to ask for 60 gallons when I burn 20.

As for "only part of the costs" that is on the owner. This is akin to the other thread asking for wear and tear. When you buy a boat you know their will be repairs. It doesn't matter if you are fishing with friends or alone. My friends shouldn't have to pay for the theoretical future repairs or devaluation of my purchase.

Personally I'll never ask for gas money. I'd be fishing either way so it doesn't matter. I don't mind asking for someone to pick up the ice, bait, food/drinks or helping clean though.

I wouldn't own a boat that I couldn't afford to run and maintain without asking friends to pitch in, but that is just my philosophy on it. To each their own.
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Old 08-05-2015, 12:01 PM
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I've never accepted money for gas from anybody when we go out on my boat. They can bring food, drinks, whatever, but I'm not taking money from my friends.
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Old 08-05-2015, 12:03 PM
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I'd offer to chip in for gas or at least bring the beer. I would never ask for or accept gas money from my buddies that come out but I don't burn much and they always bring the beer!
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Old 08-05-2015, 12:07 PM
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What impressed me the most is the guest who at the end of a trip grabbed a scrub brush, the hose and the soap and told me to sit down and have a beer while he cleaned my boat.. That was worth more then money!!!! It only happened once in 20 years.
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Old 08-05-2015, 12:33 PM
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Pretty comprehensive guide here:

http://keithelder.net/2013/05/21/gui...to-go-fishing/
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Old 08-05-2015, 12:34 PM
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Grabbing the scrub brush at the end of the trip goes a long way. Offer $100 or $50 if you can swing it, or pay for bait, beer, ice, and a couple sandwiches.
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Old 08-05-2015, 12:37 PM
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If you are asking for the invitation, you should insist on paying all fuel and bringing food and drink. In that circumstance, he would not have incurred any of those costs but for your request to go fishing.
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Old 08-05-2015, 12:42 PM
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Great write up.. I'll be forwarding that to all the a-holes that no longer get an invite from me because my "fishing buddies" list is dwindling.
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Old 08-05-2015, 12:46 PM
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One shoe does not fit all, but that article is pretty well done.

Note "5"

5.Chip In. Don’t just offer to kick in for gas, insist on it. Also don’t forget all the other costs associated with running a boat (bait, tackle, tips at marina, ice, gear). Whether you fish from a center console or a twin-screw diesel, boats burn a ton of fuel. A lot of boat owners are inviting more guys to fish with them for this reason alone, they want to offset some of the fuel cost. Keep in mind that a six-pack charter usually runs from $800 to $2,000 or more for a full day. For a long offshore trip offer at least $200 for gas, bait and other things. Maybe $75 to $100 for a near shore trip and around $50 if you stay inshore.

And for God's sakes man, don't show up to go out on your buddy's boat with black soled high tops.

11.Only wear non-marking boat shoes, boots or sandals. There is no bigger sin than leaving black marks all over someone’s boat.
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Old 08-05-2015, 12:56 PM
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I'd offer half the cost of that day's trip. From the cost of getting the boat to the launch ramp to getting it back home, and I'd ask him what he wants for food and drinks. I'd also be cleaning the boat with him. Not saying he'd accept it all, but that's what I would offer.
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Old 08-05-2015, 12:59 PM
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If someone was invited on my boat when they ask what they can do, food and drinks is the answer. I'll clean the boat and fill it up, I was going anyways.

Rare occasions is a fishing trip that was planned out and then we will usually split the bill or I'll buy gas and whoever else is going divides up bait, food and drinks.

I always offer, usually it's a bring drinks or food kinda thing
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Old 08-05-2015, 01:46 PM
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This must be the difference between fresh and salt water boating, or I need new friends. Only one guy has ever offered gas money, the rest just sit back and watch me trailer, scrub, empty trash, fill the tank, etc. ALL of you can come boating with me if you help out.

BTW, Jus Teasin', you shouldn't post that kind of porn, it is unhealthy! Jus sayin'
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Old 08-05-2015, 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Proline3250 View Post
What impressed me the most is the guest who at the end of a trip grabbed a scrub brush, the hose and the soap and told me to sit down and have a beer while he cleaned my boat.. That was worth more then money!!!! It only happened once in 20 years.
Wow! That has to be more rare than a freaking unicorn sighting. Last friends didn't offer anything and hopped off and walked away at the dock! Didn't even help tie off, and this was in the keys with a strong tidal current and two boats to a slip so you had to tie up, well, very complicated to keep it off the dock on one side and one in front. If you know what that entails.
Clueless and entitled. guess how many more times I'll trailer my boat to the keys to take them fishing?
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