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Updated: 12/07/2017 08:30:01AM


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By Tom Johnson

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Haul the decks with bows of folly, fa-la-la-la-la. Ho ho, who’s that towing my boat? I think it has a red light up front, but I guarantee it ain’t Rudolph. Yeah, it was bound to happen. Take a fumbling fisherman, stick him behind the wheel, let something mechanically simple get out of whack and poof — there goes his day at sea.

Most movie bandits end up at the wrong end of a rope. So do people whose boat motors suddenly go kaput. Luckily, boat owners get saved, not strangled. And they are grateful to see a man with a rope in his hand. I know I was.

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