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the Silliest question you've ever been asked?

For me it just has to be the American tourist that stopped by the boat in Auckland, NZ, because she saw the US flag on the stern.
After a few minutes of talking about our sail through the SoPac, she asked what we did at night. I told her that we sailed, just as we did in daylight. "But surely you have an anchor?" she asked. I replied that we did indeed have anchors aboard, but that it was too deep (5 miles in some places) in the ocean to anchor and explained the 3 to 1 scope minimum thing. "Then you carry 15 miles of anchor chain aboard your boat?" I guess I kind of looked at her strangely, because she said goodby and walked away without another word. She is not the only one over the years to assume we anchored every night at sea, but she was the only one to do the math and not realize the absurdity of the results.
And then there's the lady out sport fishing in Skagway, AK who asked where the ocean was. Pointing down the inlet I said, "about 11 miles south, take a right and you are in the Pacific Ocean." "Then what's the altitude here on the boat?" was her next question. I had no answer for her as I was biting my tongue, so hard.

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Re: the Silliest question you've ever been asked?

I just assumed that you used the 'sky hook' when in the middle of the ocean.

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Re: the Silliest question you've ever been asked?

Is that a sailboat?
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Re: the Silliest question you've ever been asked?

I've had the same question from friends and even my sister...."so you stop at night right?"

The most recent question though came from my girlfriend a few weeks ago, we were rounding the west end of Santa Cruz Is. between it and Santa Rosa. There was a small craft warning out and I turned around twice heading back inside to get outta the 20-25 not winds and 7-10 ft swells on the nose (this was a vacation not a delivery) but she kept saying lets go...lets go..we've done this before, so I turned back around the second time and we did....we did.

Anyway were 5 hours into this slop and I'm turning to round the island into Santa Barbara channel which puts us beam on, a nasty ride rolling rail to...she starts getting pretty spooked when the microwave flew across the galley, turns to me and sez...."should we be doing this?"

I laughed hysterically for a few minutes, to her consternation and said..."Your asking if we should we be doing this??? Baby I think we are!!

Eh, you had to be there
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Re: the Silliest question you've ever been asked?

I just did a reply in another thread.... seeesh!

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Re: the Silliest question you've ever been asked?

Not boat related but certainly a silly question....

I used to fly a B-17 and B-24 (WWII bombers) around the country. We would allow walk-thrus of the aircraft and give rides for those willing to pay the fee.

The airplanes would be on display on the ramp at an airport, there would be several signs around saying we gave rides yet invariably at every stop someone would ask....

How'd you get these planes here?
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Re: the Silliest question you've ever been asked?

Not boat related but a silly water related question.

We had visitors to our home on St Thomas that had not traveled much. They arrived on a late flight in darkness and saw very little before going to sleep. In the morning one of them was staring out the window and said, "Wow, there is a lot of water out there. Does it go all the way around the island?"
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Re: the Silliest question you've ever been asked?

Ok, hands down my favorite from being a raft guide.

You are at the put in to a river to go through a canyon.

SPORT (stupid person on raft trip): "Do we get out at the same place we get in?"

Guide: "Uh...it's a river, goes in one direction, not a loop. So, no."

Happened all the time believe it or not. Even had people hide keys and such under rocks at the put in expecting to get them when we got out at the same place. You would see them wandering around looking confused at the take out since they didn't recognize the place and couldn't find their hidey rock.

Too much time at Rockin Rapids at 6 Flags I guess.
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Re: the Silliest question you've ever been asked?

'more of a silly observation than a question, but the statement I heard made about Boothbay was, "You can tell they take great pride in their harbor because they neatly park all the boats all facing in the same direction."
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Re: the Silliest question you've ever been asked?

This isn't so much silly as giving me hope for the next generation. I had an 8 year old girl out sailing this summer. Worried she and her little sister would be scared when the boat heeled over, I spent a few minutes explaining the inclinometer to them and clearly told them that we likely wouldn't see 20 degrees but if we did that was ok. She asked if we could heel to 40 degrees and was highly disappointed that I didn't think that would happen in 15 knots.

On the way home she asked if we could go slower so she could stay longer.


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