Boaters too were almost all cut from the same cloth, tending to be versed in various watery activities. The couple with the sedan didn’t ski anymore but started out boating at the end of a towrope. The avid tuna angler with the convertible learned to tie knots and sharpen hooks while chasing flounder from a skiff. The trawler owner raced outboards as a kid. Engines being what they then were, all were familiar with the smell of ether. Boaters boated differently, but because they all tended to come from the same place, and because other boats had more similarities than differences, they understood each other. They respected each other.