Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Florida, US northeast
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I tripped across this thread out of boredom on a quiet, snowy day and just finished reading it from end to end. All I can say is shame, shame.
I'm sixty nine years old and I've been sailing for about 50 years. I have owned four boats, ranging from 12 feet to my present 41 footer. I have sailed up and down the entire East Coast, on the Great Lakes and in the Caribbean. I have generally found sailors to be congenial, helpful and friendly and never have I seen a more shabby display than this thread. Captain whatshisname may have phrased his request badly, even inappropriately, but the outpouring of vitriol that many of you have posted makes me ashamed to be a sailor. I had no idea so many of you were out there. I hope I never meet you on the water. Accusing the poor guy of being a pedophile, a pervert and God knows what else based on one badly done post is beyond my understanding.
Someone suggested that first poster should have built a little bit of a reputation before posting his request. I agree. Maybe some more tolerance from the rest of you would have encouraged someone to be better than they are. Maybe it might also make you a bit better.