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Old 01-11-2010, 15:16   #1
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Smile Florida-Bound Sailors, Please Read

ahoy, all Quebec sailors going to Florida, I am a member of a forum whose members are mostly in the US and many in Florida. There seems to be a fair amount of hostility from the US members towards the sailors from Quebec, now, don't get you knickers in a twist just yet !@!!\

Seems there sailors who just tie up uninvited at private homes to take on water
, no permission asked, seems they love to sail down the centre of the icw which is really quite narrow, seems they don't listen to vhf 16 and get all upset when a power boat passes, these seem to be the majority of complaints , but there are others.

Now, PLEASE, pass this around to all the sailors you know including Yacht Clubs,
we know that some power boaters are real jerks but most of the Yachtsman in Florida are responsible, pleasant people and remember, you are guests in there neck of the woods.

This is posted as an attempt to make all cruisers life a little more pleasant out on the water.

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Old 01-11-2010, 15:45   #2
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Maybe I am not reading deep enough into the threads? I have found our northern neighbors quite an enjoyable lot........i2f
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Old 01-11-2010, 16:37   #3
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Quebec sailors have a bad reputation on the waterway. I don't think this is deserved but rather they got this rep because they usually speak French on the vhf and most other folks don't understand the language. This I think is the main reason they are seen as undesirables and you hear all sorts of rumours regarding Quebec sailors. Tying up uninvited is just another of those rumours. Also when something goes missing they are always blamed. The ones I have met have invariably been as nice as the English speaking sailors.
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When I was in New Zealand last year I noticed that they always blamed Australians for whatever was missing, or wrecked, thrown overboard, etc.
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When I was in New Zealand last year I noticed that they always blamed Australians for whatever was missing, or wrecked, thrown overboard, etc.

Probably another language problem.
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Old 01-11-2010, 17:20   #6
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Surely if in the US and navigating the waters, one one use the local language ? US English.
Failure to do so in an accident may leave the visitor liable and without their vessel.
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This is posted as an attempt to make all cruisers life a little more pleasant out on the water.
I can't agree with any of the generalized characterizations you made about Canadians from Quebec. In fact, I'm happy to find a Canadian flag flying whenever I'm anchored with a group of boats and have shared many good times with many Canadians.

I consider them welcome to our boating community and am glad to see any Canadian visiting our country.
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Surely if in the US and navigating the waters, one one use the local language ? US English.
Failure to do so in an accident may leave the visitor liable and without their vessel.
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No. 99% of the chit chat on the vhf is inane conversation.
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aaaah.....ha ... we will show thoes quibeckies! We will go north and meet fun (Though somewhat language intolorent) and interesting french speaking natives and have a great time and they can make up stories about us!
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aaaah.....ha ... we will show thoes quibeckies! We will go north and meet fun
LOL, you may want to wait a few months though!
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Old 01-11-2010, 20:19   #11
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Ohé, tous les marins du Québec qui vont en Floride. Je suis un membre d'un forum dont les membres sont pour la plupart aux États-Unis et de nombreux en Floride. Il semble y avoir une bonne quantité d'hostilité des Etats-Unis envers les membres des marins du Québec, pour l’instant ne mettons pas nos culottes dans une torsion tout de suite! @! \

Paraît qu'il ya des marins qui viennent de s'amarrer sans y être invité dans des maisons privées sur l'eau, sans demandé la permission. Ils semblent, qu'ils aiment descendre le centre de la ICW qui est vraiment très étroite. Ils semblent ne pas écouter de la VHF 16 et sont touts bouleversés quand un bâteau à moteur passe, ceux-ci semblent être la majorité des plaintes, mais il ya d'autres.

Maintenant, S'IL VOUS PLAÎT, passer ce message à tous les marins que vous connaissez, y compris du Yacht Clubs. Nous savons que certains sont vraiment désagréables, mais la plupart des Yachtsman en Floride sont responsables, des gens agréables et rappelez-vous, vous êtes des clients dans leur coin de pays.

Ceci est affiché comme une tentative de faire la vie des croiseurs un peut plus agréable sur l'eau.
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I can't agree with any of the generalized characterizations you made about Canadians from Quebec. In fact, I'm happy to find a Canadian flag flying whenever I'm anchored with a group of boats and have shared many good times with many Canadians.

I consider them welcome to our boating community and am glad to see any Canadian visiting our country.
Thanks, Jeffrey, I was just expressing the sentiments of your fellow Countrymen
in my post, I had originally been chastised for standing up for my fellow Canadiens, so I guess I lose both ways, sure glad of my Irish birth......love your site when I cruise Florida.
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There is no way they could be worse than f power boaters.marc
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I particularly like the translation of "knickers in a twist."

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I like the Canadians that make it down here to the Keys. Friends of mine that work in restaurants and bars would appreciate it if they learned our tipping standards.
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