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Old 03-24-2020, 06:27 PM
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As many of you guys know I can't ever get anyone to go with me on my boat to save my life. Any reason why someone can't go for a boat ride solo? Doesn't get anymore socially distant than on the water. My city isn't really on lockdown, you're just supposed to stay in your house. Supposedly you can go to the park or for a jog alone.
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Not slowing down my boating one bit. Assuming I get it put back together before the weekend.
Old 03-24-2020, 06:48 PM
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I disagree. I say take precautions but by all means enjoy your boat by yourself. I was out catching stripers this afternoon in fact. A center console full of 4 guys trolled past me, all 4 of them in surgical masks lol
Old 03-24-2020, 06:58 PM
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My only concern would be getting a tow back if the boat breaks down.
Old 03-24-2020, 06:59 PM
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I know no one ever plans on accidents happening, but the stakes are so much higher now. Do so many people really only have a single hobby & a complete disregard for public safety? Just please stay home & in a month you can go ahead & say "I told you so"
Who said a month? My city told us to stay home for 10 days.
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Originally Posted by dleenhouts View Post
I know no one ever plans on accidents happening, but the stakes are so much higher now. Do so many people really only have a single hobby & a complete disregard for public safety? Just please stay home & in a month you can go ahead & say "I told you so"
stay at home, inside, doing nothing? Because an accident ďmight happen,Ē and corona cases in my county might magically jump from 3 to 400 in a day? No thanks. Iím more likely to fall off a ladder cleaning the gutters at home than I am on the boat. Either way Iím away from people that Iím not already in contact with.

precautions are necessary. Complete isolation and shutting down the whole world is not.
Old 03-24-2020, 07:10 PM
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Originally Posted by dleenhouts View Post
In 10 days it's going to be logarithmically worse than it is now.

Stop trying to find a loophole out of responsibility, I know that's an unpopular opinion. It sucks for everyone & there's no way it's not gonna suck for you.
do explain, specifically, how boating is a danger?
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I may add a 240v outlet to the house tomorrow, or should I just take the boat out? 😁
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Originally Posted by dleenhouts View Post
If you have to stop anywhere on your way to or from your boat to buy anything - fuel, food, drinks, whatever supplies - you're either handing a credit card or cash to a stranger or you're touching a card reader. The virus lives on surfaces for at least 4 hours, depending on the material. Do you sanitize like a surgeon before & after each interaction like that?

I agree, it's a new situation for all of us, & it sucks.
fill up with gas (cans) when Iím filling up my truck. Have to work anyway. Have an ice maker and plenty of beer. If I get low on beer Iíll get more at the grocery store when I go there anyway. So no, literally no extra exposure. Max would be a little bit of extra gas. I can, and have been, operating the pump with a (new each time) paper towel for a couple of weeks now. No big deal at all. Douse my hands with sanitizer when Iím done.
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I can't find sanitizer so I've been using isopropyl alchohol. I like it bettern than the sanitizer. It evaporates quicker.
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Originally Posted by fishmaster273 View Post
I can't find sanitizer so I've been using isopropyl alchohol. I like it bettern than the sanitizer. It evaporates quicker.
ether (starting fluid) also works well. Cigarette smoking pan handlers leave you alone at the gas pump too.
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Originally Posted by dleenhouts View Post
The virus lives on surfaces for at least 4 hours, depending on the material.
The latest research as of yesterday is that the virus can survive at least 17 days on surfaces.
Old 03-24-2020, 07:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Jsepulveda View Post
The latest research as of yesterday is that the virus can survive at least 17 days on surfaces.
Iím thinking itís probably a good time for everyone to give up biting their fingernails and licking random surfaces.
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Boat is gassed up, 4 miles to the ramp. Have ice and beer. Will be going out, open fresh air a distance from people.
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Originally Posted by fishmaster273 View Post
As many of you guys know I can't ever get anyone to go with me on my boat to save my life. Any reason why someone can't go for a boat ride solo? Doesn't get anymore socially distant than on the water. My city isn't really on lockdown, you're just supposed to stay in your house. Supposedly you can go to the park or for a jog alone.
Why such a problem? Is it your boat or just the saving your life thing?
I have to load mine in the dark so nobody sees me.
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Why such a problem? Is it your boat or just the saving your life thing?
I have to load mine in the dark so nobody sees me.
They always say they want to go then can't whenever I invite them. Most times I just go on a whim and don't even think about asking someone to go with.
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See ya on the water

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Old 03-24-2020, 08:18 PM
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My sanity break is about every other night now for sunset. Talk about social distancing ... not another boat in sight tonight.





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Originally Posted by dleenhouts View Post
Just cause you're not on lockdown yet doesn't mean it's not easy to get exposed to the virus. Think of pushing buttons at the gas tank, or worse if something happens & you need to go to the (already vastly understaffed) hospital - how bad would you feel if you took up their resources because you couldn't wait a month or two to go fishing?

Just get a temporary hobby to get you through, the sooner everyone stays home the sooner this will be over.
this is pretty out there. Weíre talking 54k cases in a country well past 300 million and your saying pushing a button is the issue? Donít feed the fear. Hereís a tip, donít go licking door handles. If you do and youíre over 80, have type A blood, pre-existing conditions, and are a smoker then you might want to take a multi-vitamin. If you check all those boxes then Iíll a lot you a roll of toilet paper. If not, put the boat in and go live youíre life. I believe Iíve survived 8 end-of-the-world issues so far. 10k a month flu deaths and donít hear anything but this BS takes peopleís retirement accounts for a ride.
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I’d be out there with you if they hadn’t shut down the marinas. This mass hysteria is ridiculous. I might dump the boat in the Keys this weekend and drive it back to park at my friends house in old cutler.

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