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A Different Perspective on Boating

We all love to boat and seem to get a lot of relaxation out of it, but others might have a different perspective.

I asked a Vietnamese friend if he would like to go sailing with me. He said he had a bad experience on a boat and would never set foot on one again. He explained when he was a boy, he escaped by boat from vietnam (he was a boat person)

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After a long period on the boat they ran aground ( I believe in the Philippines). They were stranded on a reef far out in the sea, no land in sight. The boat was holed and full of water. There were over a hundred people on this boat and a large number died due to lack of food and water. Finally they were rescued by some American navy personnel. This man imigrated to the US.
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Wow.

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I for one, frankly, would not blame him for not wanting to step aboard a boat again! Not that being aboard you SB would be equal to the boat he was one etc. Gives one a different view on things, be it good or bad!

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I could see not wanting to get on a boat ever again after that...
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Very sad story, but it makes me think of how beautiful Vietnamese waters are and how much I miss it there!
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Before we met, my Admiral had a very bad experience on a sailboat with a person that had no business on the ocean in a sailboat. It took a few years to get her back on a sailboat. Now she actually enjoys going out with me. My very long time friend loves stinkpots but not sailing.
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My admiral enjoyed sailing when we had our first boat - 23' Sovereign - back in the early 1980s. We daysailed on Galveston bay and enjoyed overnighting at the slip. However once we had our first child she was no longer comfortable with it - completely independent of whether the baby was with us or not. Kind of an overriding maternal instinct kind of thing. Now kids are all grown up and I bought a boat again this past year. She is slowly, operative word being slowly, warming up to sailing again. No real bad experiences the first time, unless you count the incident in which we very nearly broached in a sudden summer squall while the in-laws were aboard.
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It is truly a depressing story. Seriously, thank you for sharing with us this beautiful story. Appreciate a lot.
I did not mean for the story to be depressing. It is a story about life. Somtimes life is good, somtimes bad, but it is the life. This man was not depressed about what happened. It is just another perspective on boating. Some of us spend a lot of time and money on our boats so we can go out and recreate on them. This man used a boat as a way to save his and his families life, as well as a transport means to freedom.
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