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Old 12-10-2012   #11
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Offer up a $50 reward/bounty for the boat's safe return to you.

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Old 12-10-2012   #12
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Never do
Unless I'm paddling with them

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Old 12-10-2012   #13
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Most of my boats spend too much time dry in my garage. I loan boats out to people I know and don't know all the time. I figure it is a good way to help people pick up the sport. If I ever get burned the boating community is small enough I'll be able to locate the boat, and cops are a tight enough community that recovering it shouldn't be an issue (especially since I mark all my boats discreetly to ID them as mine).

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Old 12-10-2012   #14
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Never do
Unless I'm paddling with them
Thanks--that's a good idea. I just can't imagine giving a stranger $1K and assuming he'll come back.
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Old 12-10-2012   #15
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I wouldn't be that excited to loan out a boat to someone that I absolutely did not know at all.

BUT... in the world of kayaking, especially in the class IV/V range, its rare to meet people that don't at least have common acquaintances. If a traveling boater wanted to borrow a boat, and we had mutual acquaintances, I wouldn't hesitate. Experienced paddlers know its a karma thing, and are usually willing to help out, as they know the odds are they could need help shortly. Its sort of the team spirit of helping each other out.

I also wouldn't have a problem loaning out a playboat or a mankboat. Loaning out a creekboat without a crack in it for folks to run down colorado mank is another story though. I would hesitate to do that unless we had an agreement that a busted boat would be replaced.

I did loan out my mankboat to a friend once... who swam, and completely destroyed said mankboat. It wasn't worth much, so I didn't worry too much.

I also loaned out a bunch of scuba gear to a buddy who left all the shit on the beach in mexico after a lunch time buzz kicked in.

I guess the moral of the story is... don't lend out anything that you can't deal with losing. The other moral of the story is that you can never have too many mankboats.
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Old 12-13-2012   #16
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I do it for a living. Some people are really good at getting them back... Others... you gotta chase down. You know who you are!!!
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body. But rather...To skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming... WOW !!!! What a ride!!!!!!"
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Old 12-13-2012   #17
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I let people paddle my boats all the time. As long as they don't break it then it's all good.
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Old 12-16-2012   #18
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I have loaned out my boats to several people. I am usually with them, but not always. If you loan your boat out, make sure you are very clear when you tell them "DONT PEE IN MY BOAT!". I'm not sure why, but some beginners get told that if you have to go, then just pee in your boat. So gross! Some of them don't understand that it is a joke. A really bad one. I wish people would stop saying that.
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Old 12-16-2012   #19
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Thanks for all the loaner boats! Got one in the backyard about to depart on a Grand Canyon trip in a few days. Thanks Craw!
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I only do if they are with me.

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