After seeing threads like "to the guy in the blue basscat" or "to the [censored] in the skeeter" and hearing about how folks "would have said this" and "would have done this" I decided that in order for me to be a real TFFer, if something disrespectful ever happened to me, I must say something.. or I wouldn't be a man.
So yesterday I'm at a 2 lane ramp and it's packed! The line is moving painstakingly slow... it's almost dark and we're all trying to get off the water. When I finally make it to being next in line there's 3 dudes, literally, washing their boat with lake water, on the ramp. They were using a trash can lid to scoop the water from the lake, pour over the boat and wipe it down. Inside and out. 5 or 6 or 7 or 8 people loaded their boats on the one available ramp while these guys are occupying the other ramp. And it was 5 or 6 or 7 or 8 wake boats, pleasure boats, party boats etc with wives trying to back trailers they can't see so you can imagine how long this was taking. Nobody says anything to them.
I'm all juiced up now. Thinking about what my fellow TFFers would do.
So as I'm loading my boat I say, "Hey bud, are y'all washing your boat?"
The one charged with cleaning the inside says, "yes."
I say, "Man, there's a pretty long line of folks trying to load and you're occupying 1/2 the available ramps. You should do that somewhere else."
Then they mumble a few obscenities, the trash can lid guy chuckles a bit as he dips more water from the lake, and they continue on with the detailing.
I finished loading, strapped everything down and left.
I said all that to say, that while we might think it's a good idea to point out all the discourteous things people do on the water, the 2 times I've done it (once for cutting me off that ended in discussions of taking it to the bank and this boat ramp washer dude who cussed me out) I have yet to run into anyone who was receptive to what I had to say. Sometimes it's best just to shake your head and move on, unless you're ready to take it to the next level because it appears there's a disproportionate amount of folks on the lake who are willing to take it to the next level. I'm 2 for 2 with those types.
Anyway, I took one for the team yall. Maybe this guy won't wash is boat on the ramp anymore.
On a good note, I caught em good yesterday.