Originally Posted by Kenomac
Yep, there was. The OP was visiting a foreign country, found a small laser sailboat owned by rich capitalists, "rescued it" with the intent to extort some ransom from the rightful owners by first sinking the rig in a secret spot, and not telling the local police where it was until he was paid the ransom by the rich capitalist resort owner. He then received more than he bargained for from the police and some CF members.
I think I got everything right.
I'm sorry, but I disagree with this and the harsh, uncompromising interpretation of the story in other posts.
Sure, we should help others without asking for reward, but there are times when its not worth the trouble helping others because maybe the effort isn't worth the results or because the effort won't be appreciated or because to help puts you in unacceptable danger
. Each case on its merits.
With this situation there was a low value capsized resort dinghy
out at sea, the owner of which was most likely a business where the impact of the loss was not as large as with a personal owner. I personally wouldn't have recovered it to tow it in, all the more if there was any risk I might have been accused of stealing it (as I believe was a risk the OP was running). I would have noted the location and reported it on land. Had the boat been a cruiser's dinghy, I would have recovered it. Ditto a drifting yacht and I wouldn't have asked for or accepted a reward. That is how it should be. But still, had I found a drifting yacht in the middle of the Atlantic, I might well leave it unless it was a Gunboat with a broken mast
. Its a balanced assessment of risk, effort and benefit.
I believe the OP made that assessment and thought he would leave the boat, but he is short of cash and may be lucky and get a decent reward. That reward could be a fair compensation for his effort and reflect to a degree the value to the owner. He probably realized the dinghy was a business asset, so the concept
of a business transaction was all the more acceptable than it would be to a private owner. He was probably aware of the concept
of marine salvage
, but at no time did he use that to bully and extort money
out of anyone or to demand a return of the dinghy from the police. He could have done this, that he didn't suggests a less than greedy approach.
I also don't believe the OP to be a greedy person. He has been wrongly judged. He is a major contributor to the programming of OpenCPN
, which involves donating large amounts of time and effort to the boating
community for no financial gain and maybe by doing this he isn't working and it is is part of the reason why he he has no money
and wants to make some. I also don't judge him badly for having no money and living outside the rat-race. People live their lives as they do for all kinds of reasons, mostly they will be logical reasons for them and are a result of their personal life experiences and we don't have to criticise or judge them because we see things differently.
The poor sod got robbed by locals he took sailing for free, robbed by the police and had his efforts refused as worthless by the resort. He deserves some sympathy too.