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The great boatyball lottery #196561
06/03/2019 07:27 AM
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Granddaughter really wanted to go to Cooper despite my plans to avoid it. Set up 30 feet from a excellent internet source. Logged phone on to atomic and UTC time. Limbered up my fingers. Checked and rechecked proper log on. Tap the Mooring of choice at exactly 0700:00 atomic time. No joy to early. 40 seconds to go to UTC time. Boatyball must be using that. Here it comes! Tapped the ball at exactly 0700:00 UTC, no joy ball taken, on to second choice, ball taken, on to third choice, success! Say click now to reserve. Tap reserve and offline pops up. Try again with no luck. Check another internet sight. Lightening fast internet. Maybe I got the ball afterall. Try and check my reservations. Only a spinnng wheel no data. Try a few minutes later. No soup for you! Alas the modern world!
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Re: The great boatyball lottery [Re: GeorgeC1] #196562
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Damn George! So close.....enjoy you day! And your time with the grands!


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Can you say super excited?!?!?!
Re: The great boatyball lottery [Re: GeorgeC1] #196563
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Good luck explaining boatyball to your granddaughter.


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Re: The great boatyball lottery [Re: GeorgeC1] #196564
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To quote Yogi...

No one goes there nowadays, it’s too crowded.


Ain't innovation great? duh


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Re: The great boatyball lottery [Re: GeorgeC1] #196566
06/03/2019 08:56 AM
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BB is just a smaller version of reservamerica.com (state parks) or reservations.gov (national parks). And if you live out west (we don't), you get to arise at 4:45 a.m. for the pleasure of not getting your desired campsite at 8:00 am! Alas the modern world, indeed!

You don't need to explain BB to your granddaughter, you need to let her use the app. She won't need to limber up her fingers. My buck says she scores!

Re: The great boatyball lottery [Re: GeorgeC1] #196569
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LOL...I had my college kids secure my first boatyball after being shutout personally...and then didnt even need it

One of my suggestions to BB was moor by field instead of by ball to avoid the hassle....

We scratched Cooper from our future list given their poor service model and the boatyball hassle

Re: The great boatyball lottery [Re: GeorgeC1] #196576
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We headed over to Cooper anyway. Grand daughter has a way with her begging face! Lots of balls at 11 AM and got a good one for her to swim to beach. Everyone is happy. Now just pray boatyballl does not convert anymore balls at Cooper!!

Re: The great boatyball lottery [Re: GeorgeC1] #196590
06/03/2019 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by GeorgeC1
... Grand daughter has a way with her begging face! ...


I am not positive, at least to a scientific certainty, but I believe from my personal observations of a sample size of four that all grandchildren come with that face as part of the standard equipment. love

Re: The great boatyball lottery [Re: GeorgeC1] #196591
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Getting ready to head out for a dive. Two FCFS balls still open and about half the boatyballs. Fantastic weather but supposed to get rainy later in the week.
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Re: The great boatyball lottery [Re: GeorgeC1] #196619
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How was the dive, where did you go?


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Re: The great boatyball lottery [Re: GeorgeC1] #196622
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Dove wreck alley. Several turtles and the tugboat is still in pretty good shape. As I mentioned a while ago some torched the props off the motor barge ruining a great photo op. Brand spanking new ball on the sight so they are replacing them. Vis was average.
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Re: The great boatyball lottery [Re: GeorgeC1] #196734
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Is it normal for all BBs to be taken right at 7 am for Cooper?

Re: The great boatyball lottery [Re: GeorgeC1] #196736
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Yep, people like the insurance of having a first night there if their boat briefs run late. There is a trick though...here is your TTOL tip of the day. At 7am, tap on one of the middle balls right away. Most people tend to tap on the front ones first and the ones on the outside. Never fails....and have always got a ball using this technique....although now the cat's out of the bag...👍👍

Re: The great boatyball lottery [Re: GeorgeC1] #196740
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Or go elsewhere and don’t stress over getting a ball.


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Re: The great boatyball lottery [Re: Standrea] #196745
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@Standrea.....now that's using your noodle. Great tip.

Re: The great boatyball lottery [Re: warren460] #196749
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People trying to have a stress free vacation have to put up with this petty annoying Idea that only benefits a few.

Re: The great boatyball lottery [Re: GeorgeC1] #196787
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At Peter right now. Will be at Cooper tomorrow around 11. I can't imagine not been g able to go d a ball, but who knows. At the Willy T in a bit if anyone is around. Stay safe.


I'd like to be a jelly fish, cause jelly fish don't pay rent.
Re: The great boatyball lottery [Re: ScurvyD] #196840
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Doing Great Harbor tomorrow afternoon. Did all the mooring balls get taken, and if so what time? Just wondering if I should plan on anchoring.

Re: The great boatyball lottery [Re: GeorgeC1] #196849
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Don't plan on anchoring at Cooper.

It will damage the sea grass and that would be harmful to the sea turtles.


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Re: The great boatyball lottery [Re: warren460] #196862
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Yes, you’re right. Was asking about Great Harbor Peter Island. And, when anchoring there I typically go around to White Bay.

Re: The great boatyball lottery [Re: stlmco] #196873
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Originally Posted by stlmco
Doing Great Harbor tomorrow afternoon. Did all the mooring balls get taken, and if so what time? Just wondering if I should plan on anchoring.


In May GH,PI balls taken by about 2ish but then some turned over around 400. 5-10 boats anchored along N/NE end of harbor.

Check distance between balls as some are too close

Re: The great boatyball lottery [Re: sail445] #196901
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Some people could be given an entire field of roses and only see the thorns in it....Other people could be given a single weed and only see the wildflower in
it.

Re: The great boatyball lottery [Re: GeorgeC1] #196914
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Just got to Cooper. 8 FCFS balls open.


I'd like to be a jelly fish, cause jelly fish don't pay rent.
Re: The great boatyball lottery [Re: GeorgeC1] #196996
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Getting ready to enter the boatyball lottery once again. This time great harbor. Only a 3 G internet connection available here. Do I have a chance?

Re: The great boatyball lottery [Re: GeorgeC1] #196999
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Lost again. Looks like you don’t have a chance with a phone internet connection. Oh well, we will eat on the boat tonight. Corsairs did not need my money!
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Re: The great boatyball lottery [Re: GeorgeC1] #197003
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Originally Posted by GeorgeC1
Lost again. Looks like you don’t have a chance with a phone internet connection. Oh well, we will eat on the boat tonight. Corsairs did not need my money!
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Aren't there still plenty of other balls in GH?


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Re: The great boatyball lottery [Re: Standrea] #197004
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Originally Posted by Standrea
Some people could be given an entire field of roses and only see the thorns in it....Other people could be given a single weed and only see the wildflower in
it.

And some people plant a garden of poison ivy and only realize their mistake after it has taken over the field.

Re: The great boatyball lottery [Re: Kirk] #197005
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I am sure there are lots of empty balls at the moment. Probably will be when we planned to arrive this afternoon. Boatyball always seems however to take the best balls and the chances of getting a first come first served ball are reduced. 5 balls in great harbor is not to bad. When they have all the balls in one location and offer priority bookings to one or more of the largest charter companies it might not seem so great.
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Re: The great boatyball lottery [Re: GeorgeC1] #197021
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Looks like we a day behind you GeorgeC1. In a slip.at leverick tonight. Any one around?


I'd like to be a jelly fish, cause jelly fish don't pay rent.
Re: The great boatyball lottery [Re: GeorgeC1] #197041
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I think sometimes the lack of success in the boatyball lottery is not based upon internet usage, but on phone usage. I think I would (and some people do) call my college kid back home and have him book the mooring ball for me at game time. Of course, the kid can't seem to get up consistently and make to his morning classes, so . . . maybe not.

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We dove Mercurios rock and then spent the day at White Bay. Stopped by great harbor and there was one ball left so snagged that. Boat just anchored right behind me. If we get backwinded we will be meeting later tonight. Foxy’s looks in good shape and we have a reservation for dinner. Jost seems to have made the best recovery of all the islands and is back to normal in most ways. Guy collecting for the Mooring ball had to put his joint down to make change. There was a group of kids near Foxy’s who looked 10 to 12 years old. Maybe one was 13 passing several joints around so I guess things are back to normal! They start them young here!
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