I’m lucky. As a south Florida boater, my boat does not require going to a boat ramp and being put into the water, it sits in the water behind my house, and since the Governor has deemed recreational boating “ok” as long as we don’t raft up, stay at least 50 Ft from another boat and have less than 10 people on board, I can recreationally boat. This works for me, it’s just me and my Son. It is NOT working for him. “Come on, why can’t I bring a friend?”
Seriously? Do I really need to explain that to you? Look, all parents hate saying no to their kids, we want to make them happy, but I would rather have him pissed at me, than bringing that crap home! He understands that his Mom has a compromised immune system, and frankly I check a couple of boxes of people at risk, so go download the Zoom app and talk to your friends that way!
My Son and I were out of the house at 6:30 am Saturday morning and cruising down the Intracoastal headed to the ocean, and we weren’t alone! There were TONS of boats doing the same thing, we fished until about 12:30, killing a good half a day in probably one of the most Coronavirus free areas on the planet.
We had some laughs, caught a few fish and argued a bit, so nothing new there, came home, cleaned the boat, had some lunch, cleaned the fish and both of us passed out. (I watched some of that crazy Tiger King Show first)
My wife and I did break the rules at one point over the weekend, where we had neighbors come sit in our backyard, while we shared a few bottles of wine. We sat over here, they sat over there. We had Purel on the table, washed our hands vigorously throughout the evening and got to socialize safely.
The news isn’t pretty, and cities and states are reacting albeit a bit slow sometimes, but our lives have changed. Do what you can to stay safe, don’t be "one of those idiots” we see on the news and good luck!
Paul Castronovo, Coronavirus free. So far.