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Old 19 August 2013, 04:25   #1
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Need advice how to deal with Jet Skiers ridding the wake and coming too close, had an incident recently with a Jet Skier following in my wake, excelerating and coming within about 7 to 10 Meters from my stern. It is a regular issue in the Poole area especially when just leaving the harbour entrance or approaching the harbour entrance. Makes me extremely twitchy, nervous and is rather dangerous as I am very limited in those circumstances to course changes or speed changes, if I had to stop suddenly I would have a jet ski through my outboard and maybe worse. Last year I had 3 incidences of jet skiers falling off their skis right in front of me as they were jumping the wake of a large powerboat in front of me approaching the harbour.

Any advice welcome, usually hand signal and verbal sound of F*** Off does not seem to work, last incident the guy just laughed.

So what works best, slow right down completely and risk collision, change course and risk collision or what ?
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Old 19 August 2013, 05:25   #2
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Open the throttle and see how brave they are....

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Now serious answer, the only way to stop them is to slow down (gently off the throttle) and they'll soon get bored and find another victim.
In a previous life I was riding very fast bikes both on the road and on the track.
Some of our behaviour would have been deemed shocking to other road users, but to us was totally in control. I guess it must be like this for jet skis. They have outrageous amounts of performance on tap and to other water users it can look dangerous (and sometimes is) but to them it feels normal.
Just slow down and enjoy the scenery until the louts clear off.
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Open the throttle and see how brave they are....

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Now serious answer, the only way to stop them is to slow down (gently off the throttle) and they'll soon get bored and find another victim.
In a previous life I was riding very fast bikes both on the road and on the track.
Some of our behaviour would have been deemed shocking to other road users, but to us was totally in control. I guess it must be like this for jet skis. They have outrageous amounts of performance on tap and to other water users it can look dangerous (and sometimes is) but to them it feels normal.
Just slow down and enjoy the scenery until the louts clear off.
Or speed up so that your wake flattens out. They lose interest then.
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Get a camera and start taking picture / video of them. I seem to recall there were some issues at the slip way a few years ago and action was taken against the persons involved?

Sadly there are idiots in all areas. I am sure there are plenty of courteous jet ski users but the minority give them a bad name!

Slow down until they get bored seems a good solution as long as you dont put yourself In danger.

It really is quite intimidating having something so close that can cause serious damage that you dont have control over! Not easy situation!
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Call Poole Harbour Control on 14 and seek help/assistance/advise... there very helpful and intrested in 'ski's since the incedent in Studland bay a year or two ago..
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Poole is blighted by them. Some are ok, but most seem to be absolute pratts.

I agree with Ashbypower, get onto Poole Harbour Control.
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What about start filming them, not for the entertainment value. I am aware many harbour authorities require them to present quite a portfolio of documents before allowing there use, that's if they are paying thier dues. I would have thought they would be very conscious of having their dangerous behaviour reported which may jeopardise future use. Then maybe I am just getting old.
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I was leaning over the back of the rib fixing the outboard the other day when a ski came past a few feet away and deliberately soaked everyone onboard!
All I managed was and angry shout that he didn't hear anyway. I couldn't find him at the slipway!
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Need advice how to deal with Jet Skiers ridding the wake and coming too close, had an incident recently with a Jet Skier following in my wake, excelerating and coming within about 7 to 10 Meters from my stern.
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Last year I had 3 incidences of jet skiers falling off their skis right in front of me as they were jumping the wake of a large powerboat in front of me approaching the harbour.
boris, I'm sure its just the way you have written it but that comes across as its ok for you to follow close behind jetskis but not for them to follow close behind you.
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Having seen the behaviour of jetskiers in Poole I assumed that he meant they were crossing at high speed in front of moving boats.
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