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Y. Yobbos in the Anchorage

A-Z: Our 30 day mission: to bring you a tasty boat life tidbit of the day, washed down with a shot of snarky slang. Boat.Life.Larks.

I've encountered a few yobbos at sea, and even been the yobbo myself a few times. Over our Christmas vacation, we were anchored in Lake Boca (where plenty of yobbos gather on the weekends to enjoy the sandbar) when someone anchored basically on top of us. Rookie mistake - we figured there was no point in moving since some other yobbo could anchor on top of us - left for Christmas Eve dinner on land - came back to find the yobbo boat 6 inches from us. We did a quick re-anchor (quick meaning lots of yelling followed by vibey silence).

I didn't get a good Lake Boca yobbo photo, but No Name Harbor in Miami is just as fun. Hastings is standing by in case any one needs to be told off. 
The next day, we were low on juice and fired up our Honda generator. Our nearest neighbors pulled anchor and went upwind. Sorry! We're the yobbos!

We left the anchorage and got to be the yobbos again when a bridge tender held the bridge for us for yonks and then complained about all the traffic that had backed up. Sorry! 


That evening we anchored in Middle River and were entertained by yobbos who had a house party all day and then kayaked around, screaming and brawling. I did watch to make sure they got home safe and was quite surprised at their ability to kayak so inebriated! It's a skill!

Now it's illegal to anchor in Middle River because sailors are the worst yobbos ever. No, I'm not having a laugh! 
Don't these sailboats look scary? Poor homeowners. 
Any fun yobbo encounters? What about fun tales on being a yobbo yourself?

I'm offline for a few days but will catch-up on comments Tuesday.

Daily Dictionary

  • yob / yobbo: boy spelled backwards; hooligan
  • yonks: ages, a long time
  • you're having a laugh: you are making it up, this can't be true!

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  1. I know the term "yobbo" (it's very popular in New Zealand) and we use it aboard Cambria to refer to someone as a lout, but I had no idea that it was boy spelled backwards. Now, have we ever been guilty of being yobbos ourselves? Of course not! ;)

    Cheers, Stephanie

    http://www.svcambria.com/2016/04/things-we-dont-like-about-living-aboard.html

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    1. When we're being yobbos ourself, it's like a gift to those affected. They now have entertaining stories to tell at cocktail parties!

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  2. Awesome word to add to our sailing vocabulary. Even if you didn't know what it meant, the sounds themselves give a clue, they are kind of round and clumsy.

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    1. And then there's the tone and the stern shaking of the head that accompanies the word! Yobbos, they are the worst! -Lucy

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  3. Yobbo, my new word of the day. Even though we try our hardest to not be one, I'm sure we have committed yobbo crimes, especially during the early stages of our cruising life! Some yobbos just can't help it... :-) In my experience, there are more yobbos in the Caribbean than in the Pacific. Well, that makes sense, I guess, the crowdier the waters, the higher the percentage of yobbos.

    Liesbet @ Roaming About – A Life Less Ordinary

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    1. No, people like me can't help it sometimes! But I'm learning :-). Good Intel about the Carribean. We prefer quiet anchorages with less yobbo density.- Lucy

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  4. In Scotland, we called them Neds. These were the kids that were always leaving empty beer cans everywhere, hassling folks walking by and, if they had boats, anchoring way too close while playing loud music accompanied by a generator.

    Cheers - Ellen

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    1. Ah, the generator, the worst of the yobbo crimes! I wonder if they'd take requests for better music? -Lucy

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  5. How did Loose you during the A to Z?! Dang, I must go back and review, particularly now having added such a useful, fun word to my vocabulary!
    Have I been a Yobbo? Maybe once... Or twice... But my, the weekends in Massachusetts sure were full of them when we passed through! Drove us out. :-/

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    1. Weekends can be rough! Sometimes I tell myself it's nice for people to have fun, but sometimes their "fun" is just too much!! - Lucy

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