Home | Profile | Register | Active Topics | Members | Search | FAQ
Save Password
Forgot your Password?

 All Forums
 Ask the Captain
 Sad news ladies and gentlemen...
 New Topic  Reply to Topic
Next Page
Author Previous Topic Topic Next Topic
Page: of 2

Brian N

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


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
Go to Top of Page


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.


1998 Sea Ray 370 Express Cruiser
Twin Cat 3116TA Diesel
Go to Top of Page


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
Go to Top of Page


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".


"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
Go to Top of Page

Michael Clemensen

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!
Go to Top of Page

Bill D.

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.

"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
Go to Top of Page


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.


Go to Top of Page

Gregory S

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.
Go to Top of Page


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.

Cape Coral, FL
Four Winns Sundowner 245
Go to Top of Page


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.

Cape Coral, FL
Four Winns Sundowner 245
Go to Top of Page

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
Totaled by Hurricane Sandy 10-29-2012 RIP
2007 Sea Ray 44 Sedan Bridge Purchased 2-6-2013
Go to Top of Page


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
Go to Top of Page


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...

Go to Top of Page


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!

"The trouble with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money."... Margaret Thatcher
Go to Top of Page


23451 Posts

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


Best Regards,

Go to Top of Page


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!

"L'Chiam" 29' 2000 Regal Commodore 2660 (2765) T/4.3 Alphas
Go to Top of Page

The Other Gary

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
Go to Top of Page


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.


1999 Trojan 440 Express
2005 Scout 175 Sportfish

MMSI# 338049724


Surly to bed, surly to rise...
Go to Top of Page


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).
Go to Top of Page


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?

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

Edited by - PascalG on Jun 22 2020 19:55:57
Go to Top of Page


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.

My tolerance for Islam ended on 9-11-01!
Go to Top of Page


403 Posts

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


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.
Go to Top of Page


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.
Go to Top of Page


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 !


1983 Trojan International 10 Meter
Twin Yanmar 315 Turbodiesels
Solid Glass Hull
Woodless Stringers
Full Hull Liner
Trojan International Website:
Go to Top of Page


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.
Go to Top of Page


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.

Redding, CA
Go to Top of Page

Audrey II

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!


“Time you enjoyed wasting is not wasted time.” – T.S. Elliotcommon.

1996 440 Trojan Express
Go to Top of Page


2072 Posts

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

87 Mainship 36DC
2006 22' Angler/225hp E-Tec
Go to Top of Page


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

Go to Top of Page


2805 Posts

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

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

Go to Top of Page


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)
Go to Top of Page

Captain Dan

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.

I open carry to normalize open carry.
Go to Top of Page


3643 Posts

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


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
Go to Top of Page


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.
Go to Top of Page


924 Posts

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

God Bless,


Go to Top of Page

Good Grief

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.

"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge." - Stephen Hawking
Go to Top of Page

Bill D.

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 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

Edited by - Bill D. on Jun 23 2020 08:23:58
Go to Top of Page


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
Go to Top of Page


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.


Go to Top of Page


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.


Edited by - ronp on Jun 23 2020 10:58:34
Go to Top of Page


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
Go to Top of Page

The Other Gary

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

I saw a movie where only the military and the police had guns,,,,, It was called Schindler's List
Go to Top of Page

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
Go to Top of Page


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...

"As government expands, liberty contracts."
-Ronald Reagan

Go to Top of Page

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.

2020 Princess F62 1200 MAN's
2020 Sea Hunter Tournement 350 Triple 300 Yamaha
"The future ain't what is used to be."
- Yogi Berra
Go to Top of Page


973 Posts

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

Capitalism is the only ism that has raised people out of poverty.
Go to Top of Page

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
Go to Top of Page


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.
Go to Top of Page


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.
Go to Top of Page
Page: of 2 Previous Topic Topic Next Topic  
Next Page
 New Topic  Reply to Topic
Jump To:
BoaterEd © BoaterEd Go To Top Of Page
This page took 0.56 seconds to load Snitz Forums 2000