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Old 17 August 2012, 09:41   #1
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Idiots on the water

Is it just that I've started attracting idiots or are more of them starting to appear on the water. In my last 8 outings (I only do pleasure ribbing), we've had to assist a jet skier who fell off out of sight of Any help and wasn't wearing kill cord (Essex), a day sailer who dismasted his boat after ramming the only moored boat around, his bow-sprit leaving an 8" diameter hole in the yacht (Dartmouth)
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Old 17 August 2012, 09:51   #2
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Is it just that I've started attracting idiots or are more of them starting to appear on the water. In my last 8 outings (I only do pleasure ribbing), we've had to assist a jet skier who fell off out of sight of Any help and wasn't wearing kill cord Allowing the jet ski to motor away at around 2.5 kn (Essex), a day sailer who dismasted his boat after ramming the only moored boat around, his bow-sprit leaving an 8" diameter hole in the yacht (Dartmouth) then at the weekend a small speedboat trying to paddle against a 3 kn tide after their engine failed with no charts, anchor warp or radio (Essex).

Maybe you should have to prove that you have more than one brain cell before being allowed out on the water.

I've been boating for the last 20 years and not been involved in any incidents before these.

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Old 17 August 2012, 10:16   #3
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...........the Titanic, you weren't around then.
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I'd have left the jetskier, I might have called the coastguard.......but then again I might not.
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I'd have left the jetskier, I might have called the coastguard.......but then again I might not.
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What happened there... flooded hull? Only saving grace is that there were more boats than the average Faroe fishing fleet and they had a rather nifty Brazilian dance track playing in the background.
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always tow a broken down jetski as fast as possible - the hull fills up n sinks!

That what was shout at me, by the jetski owner, after rescuing from rocks!

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There is no excuse for poor boat operations on any continent or body of water. My personal experience includes motoring thru the fog at 3-5 knots in a 32ft fiberglass center console with 10 feet of visibility and the current e140 wide 24 mile open array radar from ray marine when up my ass comes a go fast boat with no radar no reflector not even a horn signal coming within 3 feet of my transom and engine and continuing on at full throttle. I decided to go home and have a few pints and put the boat on a mooring until I could see for 10 miles. It really makes you feel insecure not only in your own abilities but those making decisions around you just willing to write a check.
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Always people on the water who are lacking in judgement. Either ignore them and go on with your day, or help them out and hope they learned something. Just remember what goes around comes around... I hellp all I can with the hope that when I need it, someone like me will show up.

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Two children in red wharf Anglesey, stuck on rocks as tide rose after dinghy drifted off. My brother nicked a canoe and paddled out as 40 people on beach watched and called coastguard. He Brought them in and found that there parents were in the pub. No thanks, they just went back in to pub!

... Coastguard, rnli and 'copter turned up after not being called off. Parents were unceremoniously pulled back out of the pub and spoken to.
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Hearing your tales here I can add one of mine...

I was slowly cruising on the Canal where I live(It's a big canal with big boats that have a strong wake) and as I rounded a bed I saw a family swimming in the middle of the canal with a big Ship appearing round the other bend. They seemed unnmoved and just continued splashing around...

I have no idea what was going through their heads at the time.
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Old 22 August 2012, 14:34   #14
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I have no idea what was going through their heads at the time.

Propellors by the sound of it!....:-)

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Could've happened... These big Ships are fast and they create incredible currents on the small canal when passing them.. I once almost got turned in a circle by one in my 2 hp 3.10 SIB
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Hearing your tales here I can add one of mine...

I was slowly cruising on the Canal where I live(It's a big canal with big boats that have a strong wake) and as I rounded a bed I saw a family swimming in the middle of the canal with a big Ship appearing round the other bend. They seemed unnmoved and just continued splashing around...

I have no idea what was going through their heads at the time.
Had the same experience on lake Garda you come up to the pier and the feckers are jumping and swimming in front of you
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I can relate to that too ...
On another river near me there there's a beach that dog owners seem to love, and i've seen quite a few dogs swim in the middle of the river.
I've almost ran one over, and i've seen a big ship almost run one over too..
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I can relate to that too ...
On another river near me there there's a beach that dog owners seem to love, and i've seen quite a few dogs swim in the middle of the river.
I've almost ran one over, and i've seen a big ship almost run one over too..
Came through your area on sat on our way home.
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Im currently not there though, Im in Cornwall on holiday.
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