Like Tree0Likes

Sign of the times - A rant

Reply
Old 09-04-2006, 09:35 PM
  #31
SORE MEMBER
Platinum Member
 
Wobble's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: 2950'49.74"N 95 5'17.55"W.......TEXAS
My Boats: SeaDoo RXP & RXP-X, Stryker Equalizer 28, Eliminator Daytona Jet
Posts: 6,708
Default Re: Sign of the times - A rant

Quote:
Originally Posted by masher44
My engine builder gave me extra flares and an oar with my new motor.... heckuva nice guy

ROFL

That is freakin priceless
Wobble is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2006, 09:52 PM
  #32
Enjoy the show
VIP Member
 
Ron P's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: The Joisey Shore
Posts: 10,353
Default Re: Sign of the times - A rant

I would have given you a tow.

It wouldn't be the first and definitely not the last.
Ron P is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2006, 09:58 PM
  #33
VIP Member
VIP Member
 
Lucididee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: ID
Posts: 7,954
Default Re: Sign of the times - A rant

Quote:
Originally Posted by tee4texas
although there are always exceptions, here is my generalization

sailboat - cant stop
fast boat - wont stop
family boat - unsure about stopping
ski boat - might stop
fisherman - always stops
Dude, you are soooo off and soooooooo biased, it's completely ridiculous.
Lucididee is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2006, 10:02 PM
  #34
Registered
 
Expensive Date's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: West Creek NJ
My Boats: 05 35 Fountain EX
Posts: 4,220
Default Re: Sign of the times - A rant

I was up there earlier that day I would have stopped and always will. And Tee4texas If you want to continue to display your dislike for performance boats at least get off your trial membership and pay the 35 bucks.Your comments on previous thread about the tragic accident were totally inappropriate
Expensive Date is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2006, 10:18 PM
  #35
Registered
 
ratman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: medellin colombia, pablo escobar's lil town
My Boats: michelob light scarab, sold, sailor now
Posts: 8,396
Default Re: Sign of the times - A rant

Quote:
Originally Posted by rainmn
Not sure how to start this, or if anyone will care, but it will make me feel better to type it. I guess a little background is on order. I'm 36 years old, and have been out on Barnegat Bay here in NJ on most weekends of my life. Over that time, I cannot count how many times I've stopped to see if someone was alright if I saw them with an engine hatch open. I've towed in more people than I count as well, and never took a dime from anyone. Same goes for my Dad.
Fast forward to yesterday - picture perfect day, tons of boats on the bay. I'm out on with my Dad, my wife, and 2 of my friends on my Dad's boat. (Not a performance boat, just a little 23' Larson...not that it has anything to do with my rant.) On our way back from a well known waterfront bar / restaraunt, my wife smells something burning. Just as I slow to idle to check it out, smoke starts pouring out of the gunwhale compartments.
I shut it down, kill the batteries, grab the extinguisher, and open the engine cover. By this time, a lot of smoke is in the air. I sprayed the engine down to be safe, even though I saw no flames. As it turns out, it looks like the starboard side exhaust overheated and the smoke was from burning paint and a wire or two that lost some insulation. All in all, could have been a lot worse.
Heres where the rant comes in. This happened literally 20 feet outside the ICW channel, on LABOR DAY WEEKEND. While it was going on, at least 3 or 4 dozen boats passed by. (A good number of performance boats in that number, BTW) Not ONE single boat stopped to ask if we were ok. Granted, I wasn't flagging anyone down, but that shouldn't make a difference. You see smoke and an open hatch, and you don't check it out? Hell, one or two might be even be here on this site.....a 38 Fastech came by slow enough for the guy to give me a dirty look, like I was an idiot anchored in his way in the channel. Guess he figured I set fire to my motor to keep greenheads away. Another genius in a big sportfish only slowed down to "Biggest wake possible speed", looked right at me (With a fu$%ing fire extinguisher in my hand) and didn't even wave as he throttled back up.
I don't know what happened to boating over the years, but something has definitely changed. I started noticing that fewer and fewer people wave, and more and more seem to be idiots. As we got to the restaraunt we went to before this happened, I was idling in a circle waiting for a guy to leave the mooring ball he was tied up to. Just as he did, some douchebag came in and went to go and take it. Guess he figured I just wanted to idle around the moorings for a while.
I used to think boaters were, in general, the best group of people there are. After a day like yesterday, I'm not so sure anymore. Hope I'm wrong.
did this happen in jersey waters? lol i feel ya dude, i always check on people that look to be broken down on the water. in your case the fire extinguiser would have been a clue that you were having problems, maybe the folks you boat around aren't smart enough to figure out that you didn't have a big red bong in your hand
ratman is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2006, 10:24 PM
  #36
gcoffshore.com
Platinum Member
 
zitoracing's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Gonzales , LA
My Boats: Cigarette
Posts: 662
Default Re: Sign of the times - A rant

i always stop to help people and always wave but your right times are changing
zitoracing is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2006, 10:26 PM
  #37
Platinum Member
Platinum Member
Thread Starter
 
rainmn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Manahawkin, NJ
Posts: 2,121
Default Re: Sign of the times - A rant

Quote:
Originally Posted by Expensive Date
I was up there earlier that day I would have stopped and always will.
I'm sure you would have, since I know for a fact you wave. Earlier that day, you came down the lagoon my parents live on in Forked River, and waved to my kids on the dock. I was in the house, but went to a window to look when I heard your boat going by. (Nice boat, BTW)
rainmn is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2006, 10:28 PM
  #38
Platinum Member
Platinum Member
 
Smarty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Pitman, NJ
My Boats: Boatless
Posts: 2,267
Default Re: Sign of the times - A rant

Quote:
Originally Posted by rainmn
Not sure how to start this, or if anyone will care, but it will make me feel better to type it. I guess a little background is on order. I'm 36 years old, and have been out on Barnegat Bay here in NJ on most weekends of my life. Over that time, I cannot count how many times I've stopped to see if someone was alright if I saw them with an engine hatch open. I've towed in more people than I count as well, and never took a dime from anyone. Same goes for my Dad.
Fast forward to yesterday - picture perfect day, tons of boats on the bay. I'm out on with my Dad, my wife, and 2 of my friends on my Dad's boat. (Not a performance boat, just a little 23' Larson...not that it has anything to do with my rant.) On our way back from a well known waterfront bar / restaraunt, my wife smells something burning. Just as I slow to idle to check it out, smoke starts pouring out of the gunwhale compartments.
I shut it down, kill the batteries, grab the extinguisher, and open the engine cover. By this time, a lot of smoke is in the air. I sprayed the engine down to be safe, even though I saw no flames. As it turns out, it looks like the starboard side exhaust overheated and the smoke was from burning paint and a wire or two that lost some insulation. All in all, could have been a lot worse.
Heres where the rant comes in. This happened literally 20 feet outside the ICW channel, on LABOR DAY WEEKEND. While it was going on, at least 3 or 4 dozen boats passed by. (A good number of performance boats in that number, BTW) Not ONE single boat stopped to ask if we were ok. Granted, I wasn't flagging anyone down, but that shouldn't make a difference. You see smoke and an open hatch, and you don't check it out? Hell, one or two might be even be here on this site.....a 38 Fastech came by slow enough for the guy to give me a dirty look, like I was an idiot anchored in his way in the channel. Guess he figured I set fire to my motor to keep greenheads away. Another genius in a big sportfish only slowed down to "Biggest wake possible speed", looked right at me (With a fu$%ing fire extinguisher in my hand) and didn't even wave as he throttled back up.
I don't know what happened to boating over the years, but something has definitely changed. I started noticing that fewer and fewer people wave, and more and more seem to be idiots. As we got to the restaraunt we went to before this happened, I was idling in a circle waiting for a guy to leave the mooring ball he was tied up to. Just as he did, some douchebag came in and went to go and take it. Guess he figured I just wanted to idle around the moorings for a while.
I used to think boaters were, in general, the best group of people there are. After a day like yesterday, I'm not so sure anymore. Hope I'm wrong.
That sounds like a bad day. When we are cruising we wave at everyone when we go by, hot-rodders, fisherman, even the blow-boaters, there is no reason not be nice.

Rule of thumb treat people the way you want to be treated, if someone is in trouble stop and offer assistance, that is [email protected] that no one even stopped to make sure you were safe. Sounds like the boaters you encountered were just being douche bags, they probably did not know any better.
Smarty is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2006, 10:30 PM
  #39
Registered
 
DaveP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Toms River, NJ
My Boats: 2004 36 Concept
Posts: 2,740
Default Re: Sign of the times - A rant

Quote:
Originally Posted by rainmn
Thanks for all the replies. Interesting to see that a lot of people have seen the same changes.
A couple points of clarification, for the record:
I wave to everyone. Maybe people think I'm an idiot, but that's ok with me.
I didn't need, and wouldn't have accepted a tow. As soon as I knew we weren't in any danger, I called an uncle who's boat is docked no more than 15 minutes from where we were. He was there quicker than Sea Tow or TowBoat ever would have been.
As for the "Welcome to NJ", normally I would agree with that, but I've lived here my whole life. It wasn't always like this on the water. (Yes, it's always been like this on land though...at least in North Jersey where I grew up.)
Glad to see that at least the people on this board stop to check on fellow boaters, but that comes as no surprise.
I would encourage you to join NJPPC and see that there are friendly boaters on Barnegat Bay and the more events you do with us the more friends on the water you would make.

Sorry that you had a ****ty day.
DaveP is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2006, 09:59 AM
  #40
Gold Member
Gold Member
 
Iggy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Kissimmee, Florida
My Boats: '88 Formula F-206 LS
Posts: 4,155
Default Re: Sign of the times - A rant

It's a sad to think that people will not stop to render assistance.
People just don't want to get involved anymore. They're afraid of possible lawsuits or it will take precious time away from their activities.
Fortunately I'm not like that. If I see a boat sitting still or drifting I'll swing by and check them out. Especially if the engine hatch is open.

Coast Guard rules state that any vessel that hears a Mayday on the VHF, knows about a vessel in trouble, sees a vessel in trouble, must render assistance. If they are not capable of assistance then they must stand by till help arrives.
Iggy is offline  
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Shanghied Again
General Boating Discussion
23
07-07-2008 11:01 PM
GLH
General Boating Discussion
9
06-22-2008 03:23 PM



Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:27 AM.


Copyright 2011 OffShoreOnly. All rights reserved.