Sunday, July 01, 2012

To hope

It pays to hope. I was fed up that it was me that had to diffuse the 'conversation' between my crew and the skipper of the other boat but the boat did, as they said they would in a comment on the blog, stop on their way back.

It is easy to judge people on their initial reaction but I think I am old and ugly enough to know that stress doesn't bring the best out in people. My boat and stuff are badly damaged but shouting and screaming won't change it for anyone.

The insurance details have been exchanged, the incident reported to those it needs reporting to and Marianne is busy next door making a flan.

All incidents need a flan.

All people with broken boats and stuff need flan.

Flan rules.


Blogger Carol said...


7:25 PM  
Blogger Nev Wells said...

Nobody made me a flan when my boat broke...


7:41 PM  
Blogger Jaqueline Biggs said...

Oooh yes, let's hear it for Flan! Bones, We are relieved you are in one piece and the other boater has attempted to rectify the situation. We hope now insurance kicks in fairly quickly and your home will be on the mend soon. Take care,
Jaq & Les

8:43 PM  
Blogger John Witts said...

What a relief to hear the other boat's skipper has come forward. I read his comment and he sounds decent.

Flan, when cooked with love and care is a very fine thing, so top one Marianne!

However, I think a large gin and tonic is more the order of the day!

And may the toast be "To Hope!"

10:01 PM  
Blogger MortimerBones said...

John, yes. We have exchanged insurance details and I was pleased that a day later we were able to talk sensibly and reasonably. I am surrounded by broken things which is demoralising, but things can be fixed more easily than people and fortunately no-one was seriously hurt. It could have been so much worse.

No one likes a collision but it isn't the end of the isn't is it.. No, it isn't the end of the world...

the flan was great Nev... I ate your share :-)

jaq and Carol - absolutely!

10:15 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

This sounds like a GOOD thing. Promised apologies came, insurance info given, and flan. What more needs to be said except I'm so glad you are ok!

10:23 PM  
Blogger MortimerBones said...

Sue - no, there were no apologies but insurance details were exchanged.

I thoroughly enjoyed the flan!

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Allan said...

For the avoidance of any doubt.

I am truly sorry that this unfortunate and entirely accidental event, including the immediate aftermath, occured.

When I and my wife get subjected to the sort of disgraceful verbal attack on me as I moored up yesterday afternoon from another local so-called "boater", how can I be anything other than "sorry the whole episode took place"?

I also regret that I could and should have risen above the fraught situation there and then with the crew member to exchange details etc. with Bones. I asked the crew member if everything was alright and that just triggered another argument between him and I. Bones pointed out yesterday afternoon that I should have conversed directly with her at the time and she is correct. I apologise for that.

Knowing that I would easily be able to track Bones down anyway and that we would certainly meet shortly afterwards to exchange insurance details, I chose to move on and calm down. Who knows, that may have in fact been the absolute best thing to do in the situation.

As for saying "sorry", it's difficult to do that without the legal types assuming that it's me admitting complete responsibility. I admitted (see previous comment) that I was central to the gap in the bushes just before the bend coming upstream in a strong flow (which I also reassessed on my way back yesterday afternoon). I am convinced that the collision occured in mid stream right on the blind bend and I still maintain that with the strong flow nothing could be done about it. In any case, the flow would naturally push me away from the nearside bank.

Anyway, the insurance companies will hopefully do the honourable thing, especially for Bones, who came out far worse than me (despite the verbal abuse mentioned above) and this whole saga will end quickly.


5:25 PM  
Anonymous Julie said...

I remember my Gran once saying ‘why is it whoever I drive with (cars in this case) always think it’s the other persons fault’!
I sort of know what she means because most of us don’t do things we don’t think are right.
Hope it all get’s sorted to everyone’s satisfaction. x

8:29 PM  
Anonymous Malcolm said...

Hi Bones

Sorry to learn of your mishap, that's quite a dent.

As it's on the starboard side of your boat, logic means he must have been on the wrong side, as boats are supposed to pass port to port, therefore he should have hit your port side.

If you need any help with the insurance claim, let me know.



11:34 PM  
Blogger Ian said...

Glad you're OK & hope that nbBones is back to being shipshape very soon.

5:31 PM  

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