Originally Posted by dana-tenacity
Sometimes I worry about some of these posts
- - I second that thought. But over the decades I have seen too many cases of new folks just wandering off into the oceans with nary a worry about reality. And most of them make it to where they are going, but sometimes it takes quite a while to get there. Sort of OJT - on-the-job-training.
- - One favorite real story from 'way back' before GPS and all that stuff involved a NYC
stock broker I met in St Martin
. He made his fortune and while wondering what to do read a fancy magazine spread about the Caribbean
with lots of photos of sailboats and beaches and bikini women. So he commissioned a new FRG boat to be built to sort of look like a pirate ship and bought a parrot and then set out from NYC
"looking for" the Caribbean
. After a year of wandering about the Atlantic Ocean
and harbors along the way, he made it to St. Martin. By now he was very experienced (very lucky kind of guy).
We met him at Orient Bay in St. Martin at one of the tiki bars and after hearing the story noticed that he never brought his parrot ashore with him. When asked about the parrot which we could see hanging from the boom of his boat in a cage, he kept saying over and over, "can't bring the parrot ashore." Finally, the curiosity go to be too much so a group of us took a dinghy
out to the guy's boat and approached abeam. The parrot saw us and started to squawk - (and you know how many times you have to repeat a phrase before a parrot picks it up) "Where the f#%k are we?" over and over. The laughter almost capsized the dinghy