Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: somewhere south of civilization
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The reality of responsibility
My wife picked this off another forum and I think it clearly shows the level of ignorance among our community.
"If you were in Stamford yesterday in you Pearson 26, I'm sorry. I truly could not stop, towing two 150 ft scows full of scrap metal. I had made two security calls moments before we met. One on 16, the other on 13. I also gave a hard to not hear whistle signal about 3-5 minutes prior.
Your best option was the one you took. A little scratched paint on that fender of the hurricane gate was definitely the lesser of two evils.
Just know, i didn't enjoy it any more than you did. Despite your angry shouts, we did in fact "belong there".
Pro tip: at high tide, expect commercial traffic in both branches of the river/harbor.
Glad you lived to sail another day. If we meet somewhere when I'm out pleasure boating, drinks are on me.
P.S. We have most of it video recorded on hard drive."
I don't think I can add much other than to say when I was in the position of this towmaster, I was much less of a gentleman. After all, the ignoramus on the Pearson was risking my license and livelihood (food & clothes for my kids, college education money, etc.), not just his apparently worthless to him, life!
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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