Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson

Arlo and Janis

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  1. rusty gate

    rusty gate said, over 4 years ago

    Can’t help but think of the old saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

  2. quickly24

    quickly24 said, over 4 years ago

    arlo-there is a reason people employ boat inspectors. get one!!!

  3. solarrhino

    solarrhino said, over 4 years ago

    Man, you guys are crazy. It’s ten bucks! Arlo isn’t worried that the boat is a rip off, he’s worried that 1) Gus thinks he needs charity, and 2) that this put his in Gus’s debt, relationship-wise. He needs to get over it, of course, and I think he will.

  4. Larry

    Larry GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    A boat surveyor is worth every dollar you pay him. The hidden costs of owning an old wooden schooner could be substancial. Maintaining the bright work (varnished teak) could be a full time job. If it has teak decks, finding and fixing leaks can be a nightmare. I think Arlo would be better off to go into a partnership with Gus on this boat. Sharing the costs of maintenance would not be so bad, if the boat is used as a floating guesthouse and occational coastal cruiser. Having a seaworthy open ocean vessel could cost a lot more. I have a “classic plastic” 41’ Morgan Out Island ketch docked in Los Alamitos Bay in the south end of Long Beach. This is my earthquake insurance, as my house sits on the New Port – Inglewood fault. Right now I am only doing some costal cruising, but I hope to sail to the South Pacific someday.

  5. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    I’m with solarrhino…
    well, not literally.. but on this issue.

    Sure, Gus could sell the boat to someone else….
    but he’s never done it, so he must have some attachment.

    And he’d be selling the work that Gene did… which he probably did for his parents.

    AS far as I know, we’re not talking about some modern aluminum or fiberglass boat in racing condition…
    but an older boat, probably with a wooden hull….
    not so easy to sell…
    we don’t know the condition of the sails, how long since it’s been out in open sea….
    and if Gus keeps it, he also keeps paying every year for hauling out and maintaining a boat he doesn’t use.

    Makes much more sense to me to give it to his daughter’s in-laws and promote future family togetherness.

    As for being suspicious and calling a boat inspector….. it’s ten bucks!
    Much cheaper to fix a $10 boat than pay what it’s worth first!

  6. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Larry posted while I was typing…. so I want to add…
    I agree an inspection is a good idea…but just to see what it needs, not because they’re suspicious.

    If they can’t handle the repairs, they shouldn’t dream of a boat….
    cos ANY boat is going to require maintenance.

  7. doublepaw

    doublepaw said, over 4 years ago

    What a deal, a real sale boat!

  8. bbarton214

    bbarton214 said, over 4 years ago

    You all know that this is a comic strip?

  9. belcherman

    belcherman said, over 4 years ago

    +1 for bbarton214. Sail on, yawl.

  10. Paul Roese

    Paul Roese GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    in some cultures to refuse a offer made in good faith is a serious insult. you question not only the givers hospitality but his honesty. if you are getting an item for free and if it turns out you can’t afford it you sell the thing or donate it and you have lost nothing. Arlo is being a jerk. i don’t hear him asking about the farm he gave to Mary Lou and Gene. maybe Gus gave it to them cause it’s a toxic waste dump. he couldn’t just be doing a nice thing. Gus should just tell Arlo he held out his hand and it was slapped away so the deal is off. Arlo won’t have to worry about the motivation of his future daughter in law’s father any more.

  11. Ellymae2011

    Ellymae2011 said, over 4 years ago


    I don’t think they do, LOL! I ask myself that here just about every day!

  12. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 4 years ago

    Gus might think he is at the end of his life and is giving his valuables away.

  13. kermitt

    kermitt said, over 4 years ago

    Ya know,the IRS would count that boat as income.$36,000 tax on
    $100,000 gift

  14. demorodney

    demorodney said, over 4 years ago


    Really? What gave that away?

  15. brightr1

    brightr1 said, over 4 years ago

    Definition of BOAT: A hole in the water you throw money into.

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