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Brian N

USA
18932 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2020 :  16:01:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Folks...It is with great sadness that I have to be the bearer of bad news.

I got a call this morning that our fearless leader Les has crossed the bar.

Hoist a cold Kalik in his honor and keep his Admiral Elaine in your thoughts and prayers.

If anyone is so inclined, please feel free to post any messages to Elaine here, thoughts, memories of Les, etc. I will print them and get them to her.

Edited by - Brian N on Jul 04 2020 15:23:09

WALSHIE

USA
12048 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2020 :  16:02:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Awe very sad!

Favorite Quote: Don't sweat the petty things...AND...Don't pet the sweaty things!! - Steven Tyler
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GnrlPatton

USA
97 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2020 :  16:03:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Terrible news! Rest in Peace Les, you will be missed.

Sorry for your loss Elaine.

Kevin

1998 Sea Ray 370 Express Cruiser
Twin Cat 3116TA Diesel
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boatbum

USA
21201 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2020 :  16:11:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Les Hall we are saddened by your passing. Throughout the years you have provided a place where boaters could mingle and share knowledge. Your contributions to the community were always valued and tempered in spite of the personality challenges.
Your battle with cancer is an inspiration to all of us.
Fair winds, calm seas.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Edited by - boatbum on Jun 22 2020 16:13:06
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Radioactive

USA
15871 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2020 :  16:14:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The world is a little less bright with his passing. He will be missed. I am glad to have known him, even if it was "only online".




Bill

"No matter where you go, there you are." -- Buckaroo Bonzai
"There is nothing, absolutely nothing, half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats." - Kenneth Grahame
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Michael Clemensen

USA
1358 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2020 :  16:18:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So Sorry to hear this news! Fair Winds and Following Seas Les!
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Bill D.

USA
20638 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2020 :  16:20:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Les called a few weeks ago and while he sounded in good spirits I was concerned. We have talked many times over the years and while we had never met face to face we shared many personal stories. I'll have more to say as time allows my thoughts to be collected. Right now all I can say is travel well my old friend. God Bless Elaine and family.


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pdecat

USA
37049 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2020 :  16:28:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So sad, after so may years it seems as if we were neighbors. I will miss him.

Bruce


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Gregory S

USA
11988 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2020 :  16:42:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very sorry for your loss. He had a tough few years but always stayed positive. He'll be missed by a couple thousand of people that never had the pleasure of knowing him personally.
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Chesagansett

USA
10482 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2020 :  16:46:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very sad to hear this. Thanks for sharing. Godspeed, Capt. Les.


Glenn
Cape Coral, FL
Four Winns Sundowner 245
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Chesagansett

USA
10482 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2020 :  16:47:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very sad to hear this. Thanks for sharing. Godspeed, Capt. Les.


Glenn
Cape Coral, FL
Four Winns Sundowner 245
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Victorias Secret

749 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2020 :  16:49:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rest in Peace Les. Condolences to his family. You gave so much to the boating community, and you are a major loss to that group. I am sure you will organize Heaven.

2007 Silverton 38 SportBridge Purchased New 7/09
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CurrentSea

USA
14190 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2020 :  17:18:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sorry to hear this. Was a good guy.

So where does this leave boatered? Are we on borrowed time too?


2020 Cobia 280DC
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Sandy

USA
9337 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2020 :  17:31:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Les and George created a wonderful boating community here. Cod Bless , Les! Long live the GTBC. Here's to you!
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Peaceful waters...

Sandy
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GeeBee

31532 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2020 :  18:02:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A big loss for everyone who knew him. He faced his fate bravely and with good humor to the end. You learn so much from people like Les who fight for life but do not fear death. God Bless Les Hall!


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KiDa

USA
23451 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2020 :  18:06:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Boating and boater education have suffered a huge loss.

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sugilbert

L'Chiam
3754 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2020 :  18:16:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
OMG. It seems I lost a very close friend, even though we never spoke or met! You will me missed by thousands, dear friend Les.
He deserves a tremendous send off, but with his friends scattered throughout the world, that seems insurmountable.
You will always be in our hearts, Les!

Steve
"L'Chiam" 29' 2000 Regal Commodore 2660 (2765) T/4.3 Alphas
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The Other Gary

Canada
8615 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2020 :  18:53:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
First George and now Les. I have lost friends that can never be replaced even though we never met face to face.

Fair winds and following seas Les.


Gary Peck 1997 Bayliner 3988 MY, twin 330 Cummins

I saw a movie where only the military and the police had guns,,,,, It was called Schindler's List
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HOGAN

USA
27851 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2020 :  18:54:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I never had the pleasure of meeting Les, but I felt like he was an old friend. He shared so much with us and created this wonderful site.

The world will be a lesser place without him.

I am truly devastated.

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1999 Trojan 440 Express
2005 Scout 175 Sportfish

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Al_Prisco

USA
1163 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2020 :  19:11:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So sorry to hear this news about Les! Rest in peace and thank you for creating this website that has educated many and brought great fellowship as well.

Moderator of The Marine Surveyor Forum. (Marine Surveyor & Consultant). www.marinesurveyorny.com
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PascalG

USA
22546 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2020 :  19:25:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
RIP Les. So sorry to hear... him and his site has been a part of our boating lives for so many years....

As some of you know, BE is the part of the reason for my current career/lifestyle as a captain, at least for the boat I m running now. About 12 years I was contacted by an RO who wanted advice on buy a boat in the 65-75 range. One thing key to another and I ended up captaining that boat for about 8 years including the famous Miami Nantucket webcam thread which is still one of the top threads. In the course of the running this boat, we ve met numerous charter guests, some have become friends and one repeat eventually hired us to run the 84 Lazzara we re running now.

A because of Les and BE. Life is funny sometimes, isn’t it?

Pascal
1970 Hatteras 53 MY
26' Starfish sloop
12' Westphal Catboat

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Planeguy

USA
1868 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2020 :  19:34:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My deepest condolences to Les's family. His web site was the first boating site I found on the internet back in the 90's. He created a great site and I am sure all of us will miss him terribly. Rest In Peace Les.

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HappyKamper

403 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2020 :  19:53:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Fair winds and calm seas to you Les.
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schnuk42

USA
81 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2020 :  20:41:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Condolences to the family and thank you Les for all you have done to help boaters. You will be sorely missed.
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Golfman25

Michigan Cooler
4711 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2020 :  21:13:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Horrible news. Condolences to the family.

I was just today pondering the old group that originated on this site many years ago -- Les, George, Greg, Peggy, etc.
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RWS

2172 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2020 :  21:22:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sad news, so sorry for everyone's loss.

My knowledge increased dramatically as a result of this website, and those RO's who answered questions & responded to comments

We have lost a good many RO's here, and it was Les who brought us all together..... for the common good.

Les, if you can hear me... THANK YOU !

RWS

1983 Trojan International 10 Meter
Twin Yanmar 315 Turbodiesels
Solid Glass Hull
Woodless Stringers
Full Hull Liner
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alk

6259 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2020 :  21:31:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very sorry to hear, and thanks Brian for passing along my condolences to Elaine.

I never did get the whole ‘gtbc’ ( grumpy tow boat captain) alias - Les seemed like perhaps the least grumpy person I’ve ever come in contact with. Will miss him.
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speedo

4849 Posts

Posted - Jun 23 2020 :  01:57:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So sad to hear. Godspeed, Les, and condolences to Elaine.

I'm with ya alk, I didn't get the GTBC thing too much, either. Always took things with humor. Les will be missed.

speedo
Redding, CA
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Audrey II

USA
8973 Posts

Posted - Jun 23 2020 :  05:45:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very sadden by this news! While I have never met Les I had the pleasure of speaking with him several times and he could not have been nicer! My condolences to the family, please know he will be missed by many!

Dave

“Time you enjoyed wasting is not wasted time.” – T.S. Elliotcommon.
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1996 440 Trojan Express
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nwaring

USA
2072 Posts

Posted - Jun 23 2020 :  05:48:04  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very sad news. Rest in peace Les
Niles

"Interlude"
87 Mainship 36DC
2006 22' Angler/225hp E-Tec
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psalzer

USA
9037 Posts

Posted - Jun 23 2020 :  05:59:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Les Hall, the friend I never met! Les was the guy who arranged for Mike Heffron ani I to go to N Carolina to test (or destroy) a new line of boats. Les provided me with about 15-20 years of friendship with other friends I never met, and a few that have become very good friends. Les provided this platform to ask questions of experts (George), our just voice opinions.. He will never be forgotten. May he Rest In Peace

Pete
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JVM225

USA
2805 Posts

Posted - Jun 23 2020 :  06:31:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
RIP

2002 Sea Ray 410 Sundancer
95 Eastern 22'
05 Maxum 18' Bowrider
C6 Corvette Convertible
68 GTO

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Cam

USA
3126 Posts

Posted - Jun 23 2020 :  06:33:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This news is beyond words for me right now...God bless him and his family. They are in my prayers........

" If you think nobody cares, try missing a few payments " (author unknown)
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Captain Dan

USA
5008 Posts

Posted - Jun 23 2020 :  07:14:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Les was a great guy. The boating community has lost a parent. I am fortunate to have so many brothers and sisters here to help me through this time of loss. I am a better boater and person because of BoaterEd and Les and George. Rest comfortably now Les. You fought a brave fight. You did not lose that fight, it merely ended.

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mintregila

USA
3643 Posts

Posted - Jun 23 2020 :  07:30:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So sorry to read this.

RIP

Mark I -
06 Pursuit 3070 OS Exp
95 26' Wahoo CC - Sold
03 Blackfin/SaltShaker 29 Combi - Sold
05 290 Amberjack - Sold
90 Viking 38 - Sold
84 Trojan F36 - Sold
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GeorgeKohler

USA
232 Posts

Posted - Jun 23 2020 :  07:53:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh no. I'm so sad to hear this. Les and I never met in person, but spoke with him several times over the phone and exchanged many emails with him. God rest his soul. Peace be with you, Elaine.
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Padraig

USA
924 Posts

Posted - Jun 23 2020 :  07:57:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rest in Peace, Led.

God Bless,

Padraig

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Good Grief

USA
2200 Posts

Posted - Jun 23 2020 :  08:02:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
With sincerest condolences to those left in his wake. I only knew Les from this website, and I can only imagine the in-person gentleman who's wit and wisdom lead to this contribution to comradery, sharing of knowledge & opinion, and, oh, yea, some boating knowledge from time-to-time. Rest in Peace, Sir.

-Gene
"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge." - Stephen Hawking
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Bill D.

USA
20638 Posts

Posted - Jun 23 2020 :  08:20:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here in the deep winter of my life I often think about the many people who influenced the man I came to be. Some of these people will never know how much their friendship has meant and the huge impact they made in my life. Some of the impact was direct, but often times it was indirect because it put me on a path that I might never have taken.
A few weeks ago a old friend, who I never met face to face, called me for the last time. Over the last few decades we had talked many times and discussed many personal subjects. We had enjoyed many online debates and discussions. We found much joy in each others humor. We had a similar value system and could argue without fear of losing the friendship. I will miss all of this, but I will continue to talk to him.
My friend was a giant in the boating world and his leadership spawned many imitations. Thanks to him I became a much more proficient and safe boatman instead of the boating nimrod I might have been. His BoaterED.com site had a major impact throughout the boating community and even on those charged with law enforcement in the marine world. His leadership has touched many hundreds of thousands and many of them will never know of it. Through all this he remained a very humble man. I doubt he even thought about himself as he was just doing what he loved. His legacy will live on.
The thing he gave me that I cherish the most is the friendships that came my way from knowing him. Some of these friends have truly become family with whom I have shared many wonderful times. A few I have never met face to face but have 'watched' their families grow and was privileged to be allowed to share in that.
Now I say goodbye old friend till we meet again on a new sea. He fought the cancer attacking him with all he had. He stood tall through it and through life. When we had our last talk it was one of laughter and asking about each others family. We did not touch the health issue. Men who know each other well have sense about what subjects we should touch on when things are tough. I could feel Les saying goodbye without him needing to say it. He lived his life with dignity and left it the same way. Respect is not given, it is earned and Les Hall earned more than most. Yes, Les Hall was a man.

"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false face for the urge to rule it." Henry Louis Mencken (1880 - 1956)
PETA now selling "I hate Bill D." T-shirts

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mikebrookins

USA
333 Posts

Posted - Jun 23 2020 :  08:56:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My condolences to the family and friends of Les. I know this site has helped many boaters answer questions about safety, travel, maintenance and everything boating. His light has shined upon numerous people due to BE and hopefully will continue to do so with the help of his friends. RIP Les. Today is a sad day for us all.

Mike Brookins

Great Lakes Cruising Club Port Captain for Kelleys Island, Ohio
2003 Maverick 17 HPX-V
1994 Sea Ray 370 "Brook, Line & Sinker"
2006 34 Pursuit "Troublemaker"
Favorite Quote: "Don't Give Up The Ship" - Captain James Lawrence and Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry
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pdecat

USA
37049 Posts

Posted - Jun 23 2020 :  09:58:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well said Bill. I agree wholeheartedly Les gave a lot to many of us. I hope that I was able to give him a little in return.

Sail on Les, sail on.

Bruce


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ronp

2175 Posts

Posted - Jun 23 2020 :  10:58:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very sorry to hear this.

I would only hope to be able to face an illness like his with the humor and stoicism he showed here.

Thanks,
Ron

Edited by - ronp on Jun 23 2020 10:58:34
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getakey

USA
16095 Posts

Posted - Jun 23 2020 :  13:36:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very Sad to hear this. Was afraid that it was coming
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The Other Gary

Canada
8615 Posts

Posted - Jun 23 2020 :  14:19:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
To Elaine,
Elaine, I have known Les through the internet since before BoaterEd was ever conceived. While I have never met Les in person
we have talked on the phone many times, especially during the BoatFix days. I consider him to be my friend.
My loss is small compared to yours and your family's but it is real in my heart.
My sincere condolences to you and yours. He touched many lives in a way that few can in this day.

Gary Peck
Toronto, Canada



Gary Peck 1997 Bayliner 3988 MY, twin 330 Cummins

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carver 2557

10306 Posts

Posted - Jun 23 2020 :  14:46:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My deepest condolences to Les's family.
I had the pleasure of meeting Les and Elaine on 2 different occasions. I talked to him on several occasions by phone. He will be deeply missed.
RIP Les..

Edited by - carver 2557 on Jun 23 2020 14:49:39
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Kenpcfl

1045 Posts

Posted - Jun 23 2020 :  20:12:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sad news. He seemed to genuinely love this boating community (boatered), which he created, managed and cherished. We will miss him...

Ken
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-Ronald Reagan

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Robyns Nest

7649 Posts

Posted - Jun 23 2020 :  21:30:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sad news RIP Les.

All, please remember to get skin cancer screenings.


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ccdjoe

USA
973 Posts

Posted - Jun 23 2020 :  21:41:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
GOD BLESS!

Capitalism is the only ism that has raised people out of poverty.
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Bruce Herrington

...days of Noah....
6855 Posts

Posted - Jun 24 2020 :  12:05:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Since ‘99, Les maintained a website where boaters could learn from each other, get acquainted, become better, safer boaters. BoaterEd has always been more than just a website to me; BE soon became part of my daily routine. A place where one could get advice about boat repair, obtain local knowledge about waterways, debate politics, and even find out what’s for dinner at Bill D’s house.

The amount of knowledge I gained from 21 years of BE participation is immeasurable. It was time well spent.

RIP, Les.

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for dinner. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” Benjamin Franklin
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interj

775 Posts

Posted - Jun 24 2020 :  13:31:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My Condolences. RIP

Echoing the sentiment of many here, this site was part of my boating life for many years. My families love of boating and the memories will have created over the years are due in a large part to my education from the site and community provided by Les.
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JohnC

USA
4716 Posts

Posted - Jun 24 2020 :  13:47:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sorry to hear the news, my condolences to his wife and family. I've met a lot of people through this site over the years thanks to Les setting it up.
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