Not stubborn. He read the other threads here about calling the Coast Guard every time you stub your toe or a sail rips, and decided he didn't want to wind up on the negative side of one of our threads.
He brought his friend's boat home. In the end the owner received money more than enough to repair the boat
"A catamaran owner has received substantial compensation from Yachting World after the magazine wrongly accused him of being a convicted cocaine smuggler.
The allegation in December last year had a highly detrimental effect on Nicholas Cokes’s reputation within the sailing and surfing community and he - and his family – had suffered a great deal of distress and embarrassment, solicitor Zoe Brocket told London’s High Court."
In December 2012 Yachting World ran an article with the headline “The Man who didn’t want to be rescued”. The article concerned Mr Gill and the rescue. However it referred to the Claimant as the owner of the Orinoco Flo and went on to allege he had served time for cocaine smuggling.
This allegation was wholly untrue and obviously extremely damaging to the Claimant. Yachting World had made a mistake. It was a previous owner of the Orinoco Flo who had been imprisoned for smuggling cocaine.