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Old 07 October 2012, 14:11   #1
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I thought this was a myth until today, I went for a quick blast around to Durlston Head and back via Studland, after having a nice relaxing hour reading a good book in studland bay I started heading back across to the swash channel heading for Poole, spotted two up on a jetski in the middle of the swash channel just sitting there. No fishing pole in sight so thought something was up and went near them and asked. Yep broken down Jetski, bought last week from ebay for 2,200, no VHF on them, one phone which was broken due to having got wet by the jetski turning over more than once. They could not start the engine, as they were drifting toward the training bank I decided I was best placed to give them a tow to Poole Harbour. Luckily I have a decent tow rope I made up so all was well. Got hem to Cobbs quay and gave them a lift to Baiter so they could pick up their car and go and pick the jetski up from Cobbs.

I did give them some tips ! on the drive to baiter.
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Old 07 October 2012, 14:22   #2
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What words of wisdom did you have for them ?
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Old 07 October 2012, 14:32   #3
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Words of wisdon, were;

avoid ebay
get the engine looked at
replace the battery
take a VHF
buy a waterproof Iphone case
think about buying a personal locator beakon device

I thought that was rather reserved by me; I could have said what did they expect etc

I did also point out as they were new to jetskis the type of things that annoys other boaters like playing on the wake of other boats and going too fast in soem circumstances .. 8-)
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Old 07 October 2012, 14:38   #4
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Why do other boaters get upset if they play on their wake, providing they keep their distance?
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Old 07 October 2012, 14:40   #5
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I wouldn't say avoid eBay, my mate got a perfectly good ski off there for similar money to what your "friends" paid.

Knowing what your looking at when buying would help alot more!
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Why do other boaters get upset if they play on their wake, providing they keep their distance?
I don't think that anyone likes being "followed". In addition, you have to keep looking over your shoulder to see which side they're going to zip past on, as there's every chance they'll do something else stupid.

Oh yeah, and they go faster than RIBs, which is totally unacceptable
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Old 07 October 2012, 16:33   #7
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Why do other boaters get upset if they play on their wake, providing they keep their distance?
Absolutely, as well as ribbing I run a ski ( rxp-260 ) and the majority of boat owners applaud and encourage our wake jumps, it goes without saying I'm careful. I will say however I've seen muppets and idiots on all type of water craft inc ribs
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I'm amazed Boris was so cool ...I am sure he used some more choice words when I followed him in a few weeks ago !

When he talks about the jetskis following - its stupidly close....if you backed of the throttle theyd be through the gap between engine and A frame in about half a second.

And dont start me on the ones that have bloody fountain out the back - when they go past ignorant of the fact they are soaking everyone on the boat ! If I wanted to get wet I'd go swimming , or buy another ski !
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Old 08 October 2012, 02:08   #9
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And dont start me on the ones that have bloody fountain out the back - when they go past ignorant of the fact they are soaking everyone on the boat ! If I wanted to get wet I'd go swimming , or buy another ski !
You're talking about Yamaha Waverunners. They're the ones with the water coming out the swim platform; I have one myself. It's a safety feature that allows other skis and vessels to see them in rough weather. I'm sure you'll approve of that.
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Why do other boaters get upset if they play on their wake, providing they keep their distance?
I always jump wakes in thundercat & people seem to love it! They all start taking photos. Always keep my distance & nobody seems to mind. Dunno if its just the fact that im not using a jetski??
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