Although you may see the worst in people at the Whittier dock as they race to make the tunnel.... I found this weekend that you truly see the best in people when you need assistance while you are out on the water.
Due to a temporary lack of common sense I ran out of gas this weekend. I'll spare everyone the long boring story but it ends with me running extremely low on gas before making it into a cove and anchoring before I ran the engines totally dry. It was evening and the weather was crappy so I wasn't expecting anyone would be there to help. I made a call to the coast guard and they relayed the message for help. A sailboat and another friendly culross neighbor made offers right away. The sailboat had diesel so that didn't work. the other boat within radio range was anchored for the night and I didn't trust that I had enough gas to make it to them.
After waiting not very long at all Spoiled One came to the initial rescue with 5 gallons of gas. I have seen him post in this forum and have always enjoyed reading the stories of his travels in that beautiful Glaciercraft "Patience". If you have also read his posts and thought that he must be a pretty good human being you were right. He was the first person on the scene helping a knucklehead who ran out of gas. Also he didn't want to take payment for the 5 gallons of gas and just told us to pay it forward. I will definitely pay it forward but if anyone knows him personally and has some insight into his favorite scotch, whisky, or beer please PM me so I can arrange a proper thank you.
5 gallons wasn't going to get my guzzling pig of a boat back to the harbor so crew and I waited another hour thinking we were hosed for the night when another boat I hadn't seen before ( Kaley Rae? Kailey rae? ) stopped in and gave us a whole 15 gallon barrel. They allowed me to compensate them for the gas but I wonder if I cut their trip short a little by taking this fuel from them . They had just finished towing another boat to safety earlier in the day. The captain was from wasilla, and his family/crew were very kind. If anyone knows them please pass on my thanks again. Also the scotch/whisky/etc offer goes double for them and the 15 gallons they provided.
I haven't had to ask for help before so I haven't until now experienced the overwhelming good nature of almost everyone around the sound when help is needed. I wanted to post and let everyone know my gratitude to PWS boaters! Not just the ones I named but everyone that is out there lending a hand to others showing compassion even when helping people that have made stupid mistakes.
Also I have thick skin so any of you trolls that want to take some shots at me for running out of gas on the water go ahead........