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Dick posted 05-18-2002 11:04 PM ET (US)   Profile for Dick   Send Email to Dick  
My opinins, which are my own and are biased at times seems to be getting my in trouble with certain members. Rather than fighting over my opinions here on the forum I am gone.
I will continue to read the forum but will but no longer contribute, or answer any questions.

If anyone has a question that I can answer please e-mail me.

jimh you have done a great job of maintaining this forum, sorry but I feel I have to leave.


whalernut posted 05-18-2002 11:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Dick, don`t let some of the thin skinned members force you out!!! If that was the case i would have been out long ago. Alot of New members have no clue as what I speak, but let`s just say, I have given Brunswick and the Newer Whalers a good spanking at times and have been villified alot of times, but I stand my ground and will not change my opinion of the Post-Classic Whalers. Stick around Dude!!! Jack.
JohnAz posted 05-18-2002 11:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnAz  Send Email to JohnAz     
Just remember "Every mans opinion is worth something, even a stopped watch is right twice a day."
Mark Gallagher posted 05-19-2002 12:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mark Gallagher  Send Email to Mark Gallagher     
Dick has too much practical marine and Whaler experience to offer to feel this way.

He should reconsider and not let a few out of line cocky comments send him away.
That's my opinion, I'm sure many agree.

Come on tell him to stay!


dburton posted 05-19-2002 12:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for dburton  Send Email to dburton     

I read your post a few hours ago. I wasnít going to reply. Most of my posts are questions and not answers or advice. There are many, many members of this forum. All, when giving advice try to offer a solution to someoneís problem. There are 10-12 members whose solutions have a much higher level of credibility to me. You are one those. I have learned so much about boating, boat maintenance and boating safety on this forum. Which piece came from you? I donít know. But I do know that I pay attention to your posts because I know that they are based on a tremendous amount of experience in a variety of boating occupations. I will miss your voice.


compounder posted 05-19-2002 05:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for compounder  Send Email to compounder     
Dick, which posts exactly have you found do distasteful? I read most of the forums and haven't seen anything particularly abrasive lately.

I've enjoyed your contributions even though, as you say, your biases show through and don't allow you to be entirely objective on certain subjects. I think we are all guilty of this at one time of another. Most of us here are able to seperate the wheat from the chaff.

Most folks who disappear don't bother to say goodbye, so I'll assume you're looking for someone to say that they wish you would stay.
So, I'm saying it!

Guts posted 05-19-2002 06:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Guts  Send Email to Guts     
Dick, do what you have to. but I too have enjoyed your post. and wish you would stay also.
Tsuriki BW posted 05-19-2002 07:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     

If you feel you have to go, go fishing....go boating...go build something...

But then come back and continue to share your experience and knowledge with us.


andygere posted 05-19-2002 07:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Doug said it well. I value your input and hope you reconsider and continue to post on the forum.
LarrySherman posted 05-19-2002 10:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     

I hope you will continue to post in situations where you feel your input is needed and desired. I value you opnions, and your experience.


B Bear posted 05-19-2002 10:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for B Bear  Send Email to B Bear     
Unfortunately I have no idea why you would feel like this. I find it disturbing that you feel the need to go to such an extreme in reaction to what will amount to just a moment that will pass.

Please reconsider, I have found your posts helpful and supportive, I feel that you are a good person and you have a voice that should be heard. Your perspective is welcomed and experience is a wonderful asset on these forums.

Feel assured that there are more members that appreciate you than would rather fight with you! Stay and Post for these members and those yet to become members. We all have had our detractors, some think it is nothing more than a game, some just are frustrated, some are ignorant, and some have valid points, some are just fanatics.

Most of them are no more than dogs barking in the street, just making noise for a reaction. Ignore these and donít let it bother you or push you into doing something is not what you want to do. You do not want to become a lurker otherwise why would you start this thread? Dick, stay true to yourself. If I am wrong and this course of action is what you really want, then good luck and Iíll miss you.


Drisney posted 05-19-2002 11:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Drisney  Send Email to Drisney     
DICK !!!!
Who are they !?!?!? I'll get em for you!!
Never let the bastids get you down !!!
Chesapeake posted 05-20-2002 01:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chesapeake  Send Email to Chesapeake     
Having the experience of a previous Whaler dealer has been of great value to the site. In that regard, losing the benefit of that knowledge on this forum is most disheartening. Dick: wish there was something we could say to make you change your mind.

What a strange contradiction... the people that you'd like to see stay away just keep coming back and now someone who has helped make the site great doesn't want to say.

Good luck to you, Dick. Hope you reconsider.


Barnett Childress posted 05-20-2002 07:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Barnett Childress  Send Email to Barnett Childress     
Please stick around! You have been a great source of help and knowledge.
JFM posted 05-20-2002 09:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Dick, Isn't obvious from all these positive posts that you are a well respected member. Your opinions and experience are a valuable part of this forum. Please stick around and don't let and let a few empty barrels keep you away. Regards, Jay
Taylor posted 05-20-2002 01:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
Dick, you were a big help to me last year when I bought my whaler. I ended up not buying the Newport you have me the lead on, but it was an important part of the process.

Also, directing me to the Secloc manual for my Merc enabled me to answer another member's tilt and trim question, which was the first time I'd really given anything substantive back to the forum.

So, thanks. You have been an important contributor here as far as I'm concerned. I'm looking forward to meeting you in July. And I do hope you see something on the forum so compelling that you change your mind and jump back in.


browning20ga posted 05-20-2002 01:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for browning20ga  Send Email to browning20ga     
Dick your one of the people I really trust on this site, some are too influinced by brand loyality, IMHO (not the B.W. brand). Doug Burton took the thoughts I was having and beat me to the punch but I couldn't agree with him more. I've also gotten peeved at a couple of coments made to me but I've considered the source and picked my chin up and carried on. Please stick around, dumbies like me need guys like you to keep our classics purring.
Bigshot posted 05-20-2002 02:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Guess you are sticking to your statement.....hope you are reading this though.

What did I miss? I have not been active due to other interests and getting my 13 ready for sale so I have no clue what happened. If I can make it on this site being the opinionated jek that I am....anyone can!

Hope you start talking again.

David Ratusnik posted 05-20-2002 02:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
Dick- I agree with Biggggs. What happened. Can't find the incident. You certainly helped me on my hydraulic steering issue. Thanks. David
lhg posted 05-20-2002 05:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I am assuming (only assuming, mind you) that the thread in Repair's, regarding towing a Montauk with a Mills Cover, could be part of the problem.

All I know is that we don't want to lose Dick's participation over a such a minor squabble. ANY contributor on a Forum like this has to be a little thick skinned, as we all the say the wrong thing some time or another, and take things the wrong way. I am SURE none of the highly respected people posting to the thread would want Dick to not continue. Most of us don't even think of taking sides in such a discussion, and are just interested in the varying opinions and statments, some of which we will definitely disagree. So what, and no one should be personally offended for very long. It's all qucily forgotten as new subjects continually appear. Just look at this one. No one could find it!

AND, for another controversial opinion on trailing a Whaler with a cover, I don't do it. Never have for over 30 years. But I've cleaned tons of bugs off the boats during that time. The radar arch on the 25 is the best bug zapper ever invented! Hope I haven't offended anybody "boat cover trailors" with this statement. At least it's not intended that way. That's what this community of Boston Whaler afficionados is all about. Maybe we need to have a National Convention. We'd all have a jolly great time.

gvisko posted 05-20-2002 07:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for gvisko  Send Email to gvisko     
stop being a dick
we all love you so come on home .
Jimm posted 05-20-2002 08:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jimm    
The thing about internet boards that I like and at the same time dislike is the fact that you do not know who you're listening to. I can't tell if you're short or tall, rich or poor, race, creed, religion, or if you've taken a bath lately. I also can't tell if you're being sincere, funny, sarcastic or a smart ass. Unfortunately we all have good and bad days; but you can't tell which day it is for me. We learn from each other - all opinions mean something. Stay!
Draftmanswife posted 05-20-2002 10:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Dick posted 05-20-2002 10:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     

Thanks for the support.
I didn't think I was thin skined enough to be driven off of the best boating forum that there is, but I felt that it was best to back off before I said something to be regreted later.
After reading all of your posts and e-mails and a couple days toughening up my skin I have decided to keep my Whaler, not buy a Bayliner and return to the forum.
I will be happy to continue sharing my knowledge, experiences and opinions with any who will listen.

Thanks Again

Drisney posted 05-20-2002 10:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Drisney  Send Email to Drisney     
A Bayliner !?!?!?! WOW that was close! whew! BTW...Have gathered lots of parts and all the mahagany, but have been too busy to start the 13' after I repaired the bottom holes. Dave
Jerry Townsend posted 05-20-2002 11:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
Dick - I've been away for about a week and read your first message and thought - boy what a bummer - as you have expertise and knowledge that I, and I'm sure, many-many others have benefitted from many times. And then reading that you have reconsidered has made my day. Thanks Dick and I look forward to seeing you in July. --- Jerry/Idaho
lhg posted 05-20-2002 11:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Dick - Good to hear from you. At least nobody on this site ever told you, as they did me, that your Whaler looked like it belonged to "some Third World Dictator".
Steve Leone posted 05-20-2002 11:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Steve Leone  Send Email to Steve Leone     
Dick, glad to hear you`re back. stick around and we all might become a little older and wiser, well a little older anyways, just kidding, steve out.
skookum point posted 05-20-2002 11:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for skookum point  Send Email to skookum point     
Welcome back Dick, you belong here!
JFM posted 05-21-2002 10:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Thanks for coming back, Dick. Regards, Jay
Chesapeake posted 05-21-2002 08:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chesapeake  Send Email to Chesapeake     
Great news.
bdb posted 05-21-2002 09:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for bdb  Send Email to bdb     

I hesitated to reply but am glad to see you're hanging around. You probably don't remember, but I was once told to go shoot myself.

I decided not to.

Harpoon, no bullet holes, Harry

Dick posted 05-21-2002 10:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Not hanging out on this site is like a night without Mariner's baseball, boring.


browning20ga posted 05-21-2002 11:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for browning20ga  Send Email to browning20ga     
Welcome back, and thanks for comming back, we missed you!!!
bigz posted 05-22-2002 10:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Larry I thought that statement from our buddy Mako Man was a compliment --- chuckle :)

Glad you decided to rejoin the crowd again.


Bigshot posted 05-22-2002 12:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot could have held out a little longer than 2 days! Not much of a fasting was it?

Welcome Dick!

NEVER SCARED posted 05-22-2002 03:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for NEVER SCARED    
Atta Boy!!!!!!!
hauptjm posted 05-22-2002 03:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
Dick, don't go and welcome back.... I've been scarce for the last several weeks and somehow missed what was going on. I've got to tell ya', I saw some names coming to your defense, I have not seen for some time. These were some of the original cast of characters. Great to have you back on board.
mudpuppy posted 05-22-2002 03:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for mudpuppy  Send Email to mudpuppy     
Hey Ihg:

Someone told you your BW looked like it belonged to a 3rd World Dictator?

Is it for sale? Maybe I can use that one for duckhunting also.

Hey Dick:

Regarding those who have offended you--they need to get a life even if it's not their own.



Rodger posted 05-22-2002 08:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rodger  Send Email to Rodger     
Hi Dick,
Looks like you have a lot more friends than enemies! Welcome back.
Dick posted 05-22-2002 09:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Thanks Guys, it's nice to have friends. It sure would be a kick to have a national rendezvous and meet everyone.

I'm going to uncover the montauk this weekend and get it ready, sure hope the inside doesn't look like it belongs in a third world country.


Tsuriki BW posted 05-22-2002 09:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     

A lot of people think the PNW is a third world country....LOL

Just admit and let's keep our secret...


Dick posted 05-22-2002 10:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     

Maybe when I pull the cover and report on the amount of moss growing under it they will realy have second thoughts about us.
It will confirm that we are idiots living here in the PNW where the sun never shines and we have hardly any boating waters.
I'm to old to move so I guess I'll just put up with it.

Tsuriki BW posted 05-23-2002 01:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     

What do you mean, no boating waters?

OK, the dirt ramp at Beaver Lake is a bit rough, and they don't allow gas motors, but is's kinda pretty. And they do stock it with trout just before the April opening!


Oh well, I do have a power washer you can use to get the mold off your Montauk.


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