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Old 01-29-2013, 04:02 PM   #41
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Some people feel it's their duty to stick their noses in other people's business and like nothing more to have an opportunity to tell someone else what they're doing wrong and how they should be doing it instead. We encounter people like this occasionally who come over and start telling us what we should or should not be doing. Most of the time we ignore them but on a few occasions the person has gotten really aggressive with their "do this" commands so I (my wife is way too polite to do this) simply tell them to piss off.

And there are people like myself who feel that people are totally responsible for themselves and will get what they deserve from their actions and it is not my responsibility to "correct" them. So while I may observe a boater doing something I think may not be too wise I leave it to them to sort out. (Coming to the aid of someone actually in trouble is a different deal altogether.).
I guess what each of us does depends on a world-view that has little to do with boating. I've seen a friend pinned between a boat and a dock and I doubt I'll ever forget it nor, hopefully, will I fail to point out the risks to someone who might not know. That said, if someone approached me aggressively, as you describe above, they'd probably get the one-fingered salute. But if they were polite and well-meaning, I wouldn't consider that sticking their nose in my business.
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:21 PM   #42
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Well, Andy G I hope this discussion has cleared things up. It has for me.
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:04 PM   #43
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Clear as mud.

In this instance I was in the MYOB camp. We all have our own 'line in the sand' on these things, so as in all things you make a choice and live with it.

As she was a stranger that tipped me into the MYOB camp, had it been a friend that probably would have pushed me over the proverbial line in the sand.
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:33 PM   #44
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Clear as mud.

In this instance I was in the MYOB camp. We all have our own 'line in the sand' on these things, so as in all things you make a choice and live with it.

As she was a stranger that tipped me into the MYOB camp, had it been a friend that probably would have pushed me over the proverbial line in the sand.
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:22 PM   #45
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Yesterday I was on the boat checking lines etc for some predicted heavy weather when a large sports style boat backed up past me to their pen.

There was this old guy driving from the flybridge, and his wife at the stern out on the Marlin board with boat hook in hand.She was holding on to the transom with one hand and reaching out with the boat hook in the other.

About three feet beneath her were two presumably large props churning away. If she slipped or over balanced I think an extra from 'Jaws' would have had more chance than she would.

I guess it begs the question, should I have wandered up to the skipper and his partner and given them the benefit of my observation, only to receive the succinct Aussie two word reply concerning sex and travel?
nope, at least not untill they were safe and secure, then give em a talking to
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:20 PM   #46
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After Mrs Boater is sliced up by props, or quadriplegic from a masthead fall, I may likely think " what if I`d risked a rude response and said something.....".
It`s a personal thing.Those with no risk of regret will be fine staying quiet.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:35 PM   #47
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Getting in on this late, but it is my opinion that it is none of your business. They can boat the way they want as long as it is not endangering your boat and the people on your boat. If they ASK for your opinion you can let it fly.
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OK, no yawn smilies, so here is the original post in smilies.

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Ten years ago, without question, I'd have marched straight over and pointed out the dangers in what I saw.

Now, I mind my own business. I tell myself to just pretend I wasn't there, and let them get on with their own business.

I wish there was more I could do, but at the end of the day, why upset people? If they're that stupid, then they'll probably start doing other stupid stuff anyway.
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I just can't pass up giving my pesos worth here. There are a lot of irresponsible people out there and you could spend the rest of your natural life trying to stop them from making a bad or even fatal mistake. Unless it affects you, your safety, or the safety of the people you are responsible for let it go. Besides the gene pool needs to be cleaned up anyway.
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I just usually yell out, " hey dragon breath...".
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:19 PM   #53
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I just can't pass up giving my pesos worth here. There are a lot of irresponsible people out there and you could spend the rest of your natural life trying to stop them from making a bad or even fatal mistake. Unless it affects you, your safety, or the safety of the people you are responsible for let it go. Besides the gene pool needs to be cleaned up anyway.
iresponsible??.....oh, i know, those be the people that allow there vessel to run out of beer.

genes??.....Yep, wash mine at least once a week or sooner if i fall overboard, and i have been known to do when tendin bar...

No pesos on board, my tu beers worth
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:23 PM   #54
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It's good to throw a little chlorine in the gene pool occasionally.
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