Originally Posted by Grifgav
My orange 156R is named "The Runaway" due to a unfortunate (almost VERY unfortunate) incident at the Pittsburg landing takeout on hells canyon. After unloading her and taking the frame off, I neglected to pull her completely away from the bank, one of the big 40+ ft jet tour boats came in and spun around causing a big wake the carried her out into the river. A surprisingly fast run for an old fat guy, and a swim later I was able to catch her before she rounded the next bend...getting her back to shore and back up to the ramp with no oars is another story. She tried a similar stunt 2 years later on the main salmon.
Even before stories like this I've always been an advocate of tying off my boat every single time, no matter what.
Last year we passed a large group on a huge 18 foot raft who told us where they intended to camp and spend 2 nights before floating out. On the 2nd night we camped just downstream of them and it was not where they intended to.
One of the kids in the group came by our camp and told us they unloaded the boat and all that weight (something like 5 adults and 5 kids plus gear) meant the boat was now floating. I think someone must have been on it but can't remember details... But the crux is that it took a fortunate meeting with someone in a jet boat to reunite the boat with it's owner and contents.
Back in topic... This new to me dark grey Avon bucket boat already had a logo painted in it, so we call her the "Grey Goose".
I think I named the little 13-footer "Becky" because she's a tiny white girl.
Off topic but my truck is "La-Shonda".