After five intense days of work at the International Fly Tackle Dealer show in New Orleans I get home exhausted to find this lovely email in my inbox from one of my best friends that reads:

I’m an idiot. I’m an a$$H*%#. And I feel absolutely terrible. I popped your boat yesterday while running the shuttle. The takeout was a total mess and I forgot to strap down your boat. It slid off the trailer while we were driving up and your boat popped. I owe you a new boat and I want to make this right as soon as possible. I can’t tell you how awful I feel… I barely slept last night.



I need to get you a new boat (that’s a given). Your frame is ok but one metal piece needs to be replaced. And I need to get you another spare oar.


Please tell me how I can help make this right.

Obviously I’ll never ask to borrow anything from you again… PS-

My phone got wet on the trip and is not on right now.

(name removed to protect the “innocent”)_

I let him borrow my fishing boat with the trailer for the weekend. Apparently he forgot to strap the boat down after taking it out on the Colorado River. It slid off on the road and destroyed the boat. On the idiot scale I’ll give him an 11 out of 10 for not strapping it down and, needless to say, I’m less than pleased, as I use my raft a ton. At the same time, I realize that stuff like this happens and could have happened to anyone. A boat is simply a thing, and things can be replaced. I’m grateful no one was hurt and am sure he feels very bad.

I am curious, has anyone ever had a similar experience? How’d you handle it?