I had a boat scheduled for transport this morning, a little 26' coming out to the Island from Staten Island. It's an older Four Winns which a new boater just purchased. The 0600 buoy report shows a 3' windwave on top of a 1' swell running every 4 seconds, very steep. The forecast has up a small craft advisory. Can't put a new boater and a questionable boat through that. One more trip cancelled at the last minute. Nature of the business. I've been living with this schedule for 24 years now wondering if I'd earn a living today or maybe would I get killed today.
Yesterday I made a big decision. NYCAP is now officially retired. I may move a boat here or there or give someone a lesson, but more for pleasure or a favor. No longer as my living. 55 years on the water, 24 professionally. I'm finished. I do not plan to renew my license in 2013, do not plan to worry if my prescribed meds could put me on the wrong side of a pee test, and will no longer worry if my $400 pay day will expose me to many thousands of dollars in liability should anything happen to a vessel under my control.
Of course there are no rocking chairs in my plans. Wouldn't know how not to work. I've been asked to dockmaster and I've accepted. It's a marina I ran many years ago. I won't advertise it here, but if anybody would like a seasonal or transient slip in the only full resort marina in the Hamptons, shoot me a PM and I'll see what I can do.
Undoubtedly this means that I will be spending a lot less time on YF
, which I'm sure will please a few people, but I'll still pop in from time to time. I want to thank all of the members for helping to educate me over the past several years. I've put the knowledge to good use. Hopefully I've returned the favor once or twice or at least made you think a bit.
P.S. My boss has decided that he's getting out with me. So if anybody is interested in a very nice 2004 Formula 40PC he'll be putting it up for sale. You can contact me for info. I will not be taking any comission on the sale. This is strictly a favor for a good guy.