Yesterday was a "GPS" evaluation day on our 27' Ericson
. I brought two GPS's to evaluate alongside our existing one. Our neighbor was sanding
his rails. He came over and wanted to look at the 12 inch Raymarine
unit. (yes, too big for our boat) As he picked up the Raymarine GPS
, I heard a "scratchy" sound, then noticed that he had the sandpaper in his left hand, and it was against the screen!
His response was even more interesting than the event itself. I showed him a light scratch on the screen
, and he didn't think his sandpaper caused it. There was no remorse, no apology, no offer to "make it right". I was LIVID.
Since we're going to be neighbors all summer, I contained my fury, but I find his behavior and indifference to the damage he caused unbelievable. The 12 inch Raymarine was used and worth about $1000. He was not new to sailing or GPS's, and had had his slip for quite a few years. My wife, after many years of benign indifference to sailing, is finally getting enthusiastic about "going down to the boat" and yesterday asked me to show her how to use rubbing compound and wax to make the topsides look better!!! I don't want to spend a summer next door to someone with whom I'm at war, and am willing to let the light scratch go. But I just HAD to share this story. My opinion of my fellow man is declining annually.