Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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Re: First off shore coastal run
When I am new to a marina, I BBQ. And I offer other mixers just to get to know people. Although you probably do not have the means- I do pay my more experienced crew when they go out with me, and I always express my gratitude when they do. The old Captains on my block are happy to see me, and I help them whenever I can. They are a proud lot, but will accept some $$ if given discretely for their knowledge as you pass a troubled spot for the first time.
The result? Since mooring my boat in Oregon in 2011, I have learned a ton about maintenance, the ocean and local bar behavior. I have crossed the Columbia bar now many times, and other bars also. I respect that they can kill, and that the ocean is a foreign environment that must also be respected. I also see that most everyone that makes their living on the ocean can be admired in some way.
Integrity and honesty mean more than money and fame.