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As much as I covet my boat, certain friendships are more important.
I can always make a buck, but making a true friend is something else entirely.

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No, but they're welcome to my ex-wife.

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No way! I hang out with idiots.
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Here's a different spin on the question for you:

In racing, the boat is entered in the race, not the skipper.

My racing skipper had to go out of town on business, so he was going to miss a Wednesday night race. We have the Governor's Cup race coming up. He wanted us to continue to hone our skills, and he didn't want to forfeit the points for not racing.

So we raced the boat on his behalf, without him aboard. One of his best friends was the skipper, the friend's wife was tactician and main trimmer. I can tell you that we were all a little nervous and treated the boat as if it were our own. Actually, we as crew are invested in his boat. We like to sail her, and we help maintain her, so we were motivated to treat her well, and race her well.

So as odd as this may sound, I would trust an invested crew (who are also friends) to race my new Pearson 30 more than I would trust an un-invested friend to day sail her casually.

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A small written agreement might b in order, plus experiance is a big thing
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Why would you need someone love your boat? It is your boat. Likewise, you don't really need someone to love your wife either. If love is involved, it can be complicated. I am just sayin'
Sure is complicated! If I would lend the boat I would feel nervous util I got it back. Heck I feel something when I tie it up at the end of the weekend and I'm not in control of it. I really like my boat!


This is my boat. There may be other boats like it. But this one is mine.
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I have loaned to friends and at times it has come back to haunt me.

How much do you value your friendship? Would it survive something like your friend doing damage to your property he could not make right? What about if he left you with the liability of replacing a third party's property?

I had a very close friend who had RockDawgs attitude about possessions, I am much more particular about the things I own. This friend borrowed a very high end rifle from me for a big game hunting trip and brought it back with a broken scope, damaged barrel finish and with dirt in the bore. Even if he had offered to make the repairs (he didn't) the repairs themselves would have reduced the value of the rifle. That episode put a very serious ding in our relationship.
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Sorry Rock, did not mean to imply that you would not step up and do the right thing. Just meant to say your attitude was similar to my friends in the sense you don't get emotionally attached to possessions. No offense intended.
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Thanks, like us huh?

I haven't seen anyone here reach the level of idiotism as some of my friends have.

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Why not?

If something happened and my "friend" took care of business then it's water under the bridge. If something happened and my "friend" did not hold himself accountable I would just have to suck it up and take care of business.

Either way, I would learn a valuable lesson about that friendship.
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