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Old 02-04-2013, 08:09   #1
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Endoftheroad Hero!

Just wanted to put this out publicly to one of our members here on Cruisers Forum, to express my appreciation and THANKS to Endoftheroad.

Some of you know that I am home visiting family. I left my sailboat on a mooring ball in Key West. A couple days ago, I received a call from Endoftheroad letting me know that my boat had broke its mooring and was drifting towards Fleming Key. Endoftheroad was fortunately on his boat, and saw my boat adrift. He jumped on his dink and went out to my drifting boat and rescued it from a certain grounding. He then moved my boat to a mooring near his boat, and made sure it was secured.

Thank You Endoftheroad for your time, effort, and especially your friendship! Words cannot express the appreciation I feel in my heart for you and saving my floating man-cave. You are one salty dude, and a valuable member of Cruisers Forum and the Sailing community in general.

Please extend my thanks to the Catamaran owner Mike, who assisted you in rescuing my boat. Drinks and Dinner on me when I get back. I hope one day I can be as remarkable a sailor as you both are.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:18   #2
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Glad someone was around to save your boat!

And a huge thumbs up to those who did.
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Re: Endoftheroad Hero!

Well done EndOfTheRoad!

BlackOak, the cruising community is very close knit. We have saved several boats over the last few years (some from serious damage) and we hope if we ever need help there will be a cruising yacht nearby!
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EndOfTheRoad you ROCK bro!
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EndOfTheRoad you ROCK bro!
Hey, he sails a Westsail. You already knew he rocked.
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Coooll! Isnt it amazing how Murphy always shows up while your GONE!
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Re: Endoftheroad Hero!

So, BO, what went wrong with the mooring?

And yes, EOTR did a good one... and as others have said, such things are the norm in the cruising community that we have experienced. We do tend to look out for one another, and that spirit is part of why we have been continuing to cruise after the new wore off!

A great bunch of folks that you are joining, BO!

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Haha...
I saw BlackOaks sweet boat sailing downwind, looking through the glasses I couldn't see any engine exaust or sails up.
I thought, that SOB got home early and failed to clue me in.
Then I thought WTF, do I gotta go out there half drunk on easter while in the middle of changing my 14 portlight gaskets?
As George Thourogood said "but i was tired".
So I goes to the landlady and says I cant pay the rent.

But what I was really thinking was, WTF, everyone in Key West thinks I'm Jesus Christ, saving one poor boater at a time. Dinghies are flopping over or sinking in a breeze or breaking free, etc. It's crazy.

But, as I have mentioned in another post about our dear member BlackOak, that he left his boat in great shape when he left for vacation, especially for being fairly new to liveaboard sailing. He was very aware and responsible to his boat and his neighbors with the condition and preparedness (is that a word?).
He gave me keys to the engine, companionway, cockpit laz, bicycle at the docks, and left me a pack of smokes and I don't even smoke. I have been pumping the bilge regularly as the stuffing box is a bit runny.
His boat was drifting fast in 20kts or just shy, towards the rocks on Fleming Key Naval Base. The guy with the $700,000 catamaran, which his boat barely missed while drifting called the guys with the "big guns" the military was its way. Mike (catamaran) called the boys off saying the vessel was secured.
Mr, BlackOak was fast to answer his phone to answer my questions for how to Start this damn motor. I had all keys necessary previoussly supplied by BlackOak for rodes, fenders etc to secure "Ana".
It ruined my buzz and I couldn't regain.
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Good friend you have in EOTR,from what I have read he has been there since day one ..Great friends are worth a fortune..
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