In a different thread there was a slight mention about helping out a disabled vessel, (NOT life or death disabled) that would amount to taking ones time and effort to get the disabled vessel going again, by tow, fuel delivery, transport, battery jump, whatever. The question for debate is this: How obligated should one feel about helping those who ran out of gas or something equally stupid, if the good samaritan helper has a substantial amount of limit time (once in a life-time trip), money, planning and preperation, etc, invested in their own trip at stake if they devert to help? Or worded another way; at what point do you give them bread and water, anchor em' to a tree somewhere, call the authorities and tell them you'll check back at the end of the weekend? Or do you tow them for two days because of their lack of maintenance, cancelling your only weekend fishing trip with your eighty year old father who lives in Tim-buck-two and has only a year to live?
Personally, I've towed, jumped batteries, baby-sat until fuel arrived, radio-relayed, gave directions, etc, etc. Most times it hasn't been an inconvience for me or my group I was with. What about those that are going to end up sacrificing their whole trip for someone elses poor planning? Just about everytime I'm on the water and I'm sure everyone else here also, has heard some call on the radio that isn't life or death just basic boat issues that are preventable with common sense. WHERE DO YOU DRAW THE LINE ON HOW MUCH YOU'LL HELP???
(Remember: we're not talking IMMEDIATE life or death here, fairweather day type stuff.)