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    Default Good Samaritan Boaters! Thanks!!

    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........

    Deak

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    "The first test of a truly great man is his humility" [John Ruskin Modern Painters] I'm sure that your misfortune will benefit many others in the future and make you a better person. Alaska is full of many good Samaritans and a few trolls as well. Usually those that throw stones at a humble man is not normally much of one themselves. Very nice of you to post this and thanks to those that came to help.

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    Glad you got some help! As for that Spoiled One character, I'll PM you! :-)
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    For a self-imposed punishment, lean forward and choke yourself! But only for a second, lol. With all the sniping that goes on here at times, truly nice to read your story. Don't let any of the negative crap bother you. Besides, if you're married I'm sure it will stay front and center for a while...
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    Paradox/humility ...... When the guy you snipped at for taking too long to get his boat off the ramp ends up saving your butt when no one else is around.

    Used to have negative thoughts about jet boaters racing around the sloughs off the Koyukuk while moose hunting. My wife and I had "special" names we called them when we could hear them grinding away in the distance.

    We ran aground late one year coming up the Yukon, and struggled for many hours attempting anything we could think of to get free ... as the water continued to drop. Far out of radio range, and no real way to get help .... our goose was pretty much cooked.

    After many trips in our raft .... we hauled everything to shore; fuel, gear, moose. About every 30 minutes or so I would squeeze the mike on the VHF ..... anybody out there? And then, after many hours and many tries ..... someone answered. A couple of those annoying jet boat moose hunters heard the call. They spent over an hour of their valuable time helping us. They grabbed shovels and dug gravel and jerked and tugged over and over with a tow line .... until we finally got loose. Never felt more helpless and grateful in my life.

    Lesson learned .... every boat I see on that river or in the Sound is a friend. No matter how negative that first impression. They might be the one that saves me from my own screw up.

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    Here is another story about "good Samaritan boaters"... a group of jetboaters and I went up to the knik glacier this past sunday and everyone of us stuckit atleast once. Myself included. I had a boatload of older out-of-staters and so when I whipped the phantom around showing off we immedietly stopped right on the edge of a sandbar. with the help of two fellas from another boat (you know who you are) and some moving around of the said out-of-staters, we floated off the sandbar. Oh what a relief. Thanx again fellas... Sure makes life a lot easier when you have people you can count on...
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    Good Sams are the best! I would conservatively estimate that Alaska's Good Samaritans account for 65-75% of the rescues in Alaska...sure, we have ships, boats, helicopters and airplanes but it's the Good Sam that saves the day a majority of the time. Being willing to help someone in need is the highest order of humanitarian and I would like to raise my glass to the Good Samaritans in the Great Land!

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    Glad I could help, Deak. I am a firm believer in karma. You guys were on the way, so it really was not a big deal for us to stop. I suspect that the "sporty'' weather might have been a player, eh? Did you guys come in late Saturday night or did you wait until Sunday morning? We hit the tunnel at 11:12.

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    Mike, not sure if us boaters all show our appreciation to you coasties but let it be known that you ARE appreciated and we all feel a little safer knowing that you are out there just incase we need your help. God bless you and your crew for keeping us safe... you are the man!!!
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    Good Sams are the best! I would conservatively estimate that Alaska's Good Samaritans account for 65-75% of the rescues in Alaska...sure, we have ships, boats, helicopters and airplanes but it's the Good Sam that saves the day a majority of the time. Being willing to help someone in need is the highest order of humanitarian and I would like to raise my glass to the Good Samaritans in the Great Land!

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    Quote Originally Posted by spoiled one View Post
    Glad I could help, Deak. I am a firm believer in karma. You guys were on the way, so it really was not a big deal for us to stop. I suspect that the "sporty'' weather might have been a player, eh? Did you guys come in late Saturday night or did you wait until Sunday morning? We hit the tunnel at 11:12.

    Pete
    There is an art to tunnel timing that I haven't figured out yet. I arrived in Whittier after 11pm that Saturday. We didn't tunnel until early Sunday. It was still great to make it back to Anchorage with plenty of Sunday left over

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deak View Post
    There is an art to tunnel timing that I haven't figured out yet. I arrived in Whittier after 11pm that Saturday. We didn't tunnel until early Sunday. It was still great to make it back to Anchorage with plenty of Sunday left over
    The down side to my timing was that I "have" to head down there tomorrow evening to fill up the water tank and drop her in the water and make a short run to the fuel dock. I might not make that 11 pm tunnel back to the wife and kids.

    Glad you made it back safely.
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    Glad things worked out, but (you know what is coming next) don't be a knucklehead next time. There really should not be any reason to run out of gas, none what so ever. You should be returning back to Whittier with at least a 10% reserve of fuel. By not appling this rule of thumb you can and do put you and your family at risk.......just say'in.

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    I've used the firefighter's and diver's rule for (air) tanks for years - 1/3 Going In, 1/3 Coming Back Out and 1/3 for dealing with "stuff".

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