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Old 04-28-2018, 05:58 AM
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Anyone else remember when the term was “boatman” and the only people who used the term “boater” were ‘newbies’? Likewise, anyone remember when you didn’t “drive” a boat , you “ran” a boat. (Just like you don’t “drive” an airplane. You “fly” or “pilot” an airplane). Only newbies who didn’t know any better “drove” their boats (except if it was a true raceboat, those you do “drive”).
Anyone else remember things that years ago would make you turn your head, cringe, or make you think “they are just learning”, and are now accepted today?

Like leaving fenders hanging over the side. (Ok,.... so I mistakenly left one out for about ten minutes last summer, no one ever said anything, but I’m still embarrassed over it. Lol )
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I fancy myself as one of the finest boaterman on the water. ;-) .Sometimes I will drive around with my bumpers flying in the wind. I find it keeps other boaters away. It is a visual signal , like the color pattern of a coral snake, that says danger! Thus far in 2 decades of boating I have yet to have a collision with another boat by doing this. You can find this and other tips in the Boaternan's guide to Speed Boat operation by Weems and Plath.

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Old 04-28-2018, 06:19 AM
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As a new "boater" , I'm subscribing. Interested in learning the simple "don'ts". Would be need to hear from a dock hand perspective also, what a "boatman" (never heard that term before) does that annoys them.
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Old 04-28-2018, 06:31 AM
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If that is all it takes to keep other idiots away from me, I am leaving my fenders out from now on...
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Old 04-28-2018, 09:17 AM
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Don't get me started............ Boat Ramps.............'nuff said...........If I could spend the money for a high & dry spot somewhere around the Homosassa FL area, and didn't want the flexibility the trailer offers us to take our 20' panga many different places, I would avoid them for the rest of my boating days.

It's like ramps attract stupid. $90k boat, $65k truck, and you can't back it up? Really? Oh, your winch strap broke because it's 10 years old and you're blocking the only ramp with the boat stuck halfway on? Really? Oh, you're co-boater is gonna climb over my boat at the dock while you nearly ram mine to race me to the trucks? Really? So your boat "driver" doesn't know how to negotiate a tidal flow while attempt #4 is made to hit the trailer at 4 knots? Really?

But I wasn't gonna start............
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Old 04-28-2018, 10:05 AM
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+1 on the ramp issues. The biggest thing for me is the tourist. Now don't get me wrong, nothing against them until they rent a watercraft with no experience whatsoever and flog all over the bay like they own the water. Clueless!!!
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“How many people will it hold?”
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Everyone has to learn somehow, I’ve met quite a few people over the years who learned quick and became competent mariners. The only real pet peeve I have is the floodlights and light bars as headlights.

I’m sure ramps would piss me off but I have a membership to a private ramp and my boat is lift stored on private property, so I don’t deal with that brand of stupid.
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the guy that is showing off power loading onto a roller trailer , rides up the winch post , prop smashes on the trailer , panics, grabs reverse and slams into the boat behind , """JUST A NEWB MISTAKE!!!!!!!!""
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My coworker has been boating for 6 years now and just told me yesterday that the number on the channel markers tell you how deep the water is there.
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Originally Posted by NedLloyd View Post
Anyone else remember when the term was “boatman” and the only people who used the term “boater” were ‘newbies’?
If you want to call yourself a boatman, you'd better be sitting in a wooden boat with a pair of oars, or tending a sail.
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Originally Posted by Drako View Post
If you want to call yourself a boatman, you'd better be sitting in a wooden boat with a pair of oars, or tending a sail.


look around for his wooden boat thread. Skills beyond skills
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Boater, boaterman, skipper, cap...whatever it takes to avoid having to answer to "seaman".
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Originally Posted by trout25red View Post
Boater, boaterman, skipper, cap...whatever it takes to avoid having to answer to "seaman".
or “captain”. That one’s even worse.
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Originally Posted by Drako View Post
If you want to call yourself a boatman, you'd better be sitting in a wooden boat with a pair of oars, or tending a sail.
hahahahaha. .............
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Originally Posted by Stray Current View Post




look around for his wooden boat thread. Skills beyond skills
...... Thank you.
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Originally Posted by Drako View Post
If you want to call yourself a boatman, you'd better be sitting in a wooden boat with a pair of oars, or tending a sail.
I owned a wooden sailboat for over 10 years. Never once referred to myself as a boatman.

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Along the Chesapeake many are called Watermen.
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People that drive a boat , people that park a boat in a slip or pier . And of course fenders hanging out all over the boat .
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