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Old 01 June 2009, 09:29   #1
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Karma for jet bike hooligans

After navigating the swellies by menai bridge at leisurely 17 knots, guiding two other craft through who asked politely, I pointed out to the wife 3 wreckless seadoo owners spinning round the brittannia bridge turrets. Whilst I may be stereotyping, I also said to the wife how noisy, irritating and dangerous the vast majority of them are. Upon which they all decide to blast past me to prove their manhoods, with the last t#at swerving at our boat at 40+ knots spraying us in water!!!!

After much cursing and being told to calm down by said wife, she said perhaps karma would mean he would fall off and hurt himself. At which point one of them appeared to fall off in the chop at said speed with his mates heading off to the horizon. Cue a very happy skipper to tootle up and offer assistance, he was suitably winded and I think concussed. Once his friends finally returned very sheepishly realizing I had saved him a got what was still a begrudging apology from some scouse half cut idiot.

When are they going to do something about chav drunk city idiots ruining it for everyone else!!
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Old 01 June 2009, 09:37   #2
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Paul - I enjoyed your story greatly - though I am surprised you bothered to assist the twat who fell off !

BUT........ I think you'll find its the majority who are sensible etc & the minority who are complete dicks . I was once a seadoo owner and had to regulary use my bottom of the range 80hp seadoo to tow ski boats, dinghies, yachts & even dare I say the odd RIB back to harbour. Nowadays you cant buy a new ski with less than about 155 bhp !

I would agree though that the drunk idiot type who exisit can graviate to jetskies as they are pretty cheap , easy to drive etc - but then the same could be said of ' some' of the ski boats, day sailors & dare I say some RIBS.

I was soaked by an SR4 heading out of the harbour this weekend & when I asked him to slow down ( I was actually polite at this point) he gave me the bird and raced off , only to nearly eject his mate from the bow over a wave ! In a similar way to you wifey stopped me from doing a smart 180 and giving him verbal going over.
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Old 01 June 2009, 09:46   #3
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Apologies

I apologize, not all owners are chav or drunk or irresponsible. Also, nothing wrong in being scouse, my mum is almost and I support Liverpool.

As you say, it just appears a higher % of jet bikers have disregard to others than other water users.

I had to help him, wife on board and in a 5 knot tide he would never have got to his bike. Friends were at least a mile off before they realized. He was completely in a daze and couldn't even hold our boat! Knocked out initially I guess, couldn't even ride back, they towed his bike and carried him. It must hurt bad at 50mph. It hurts at 15 coming off the wake board!
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Paul - I enjoyed your story greatly - though I am surprised you bothered to assist the twat who fell off !


I carry a few items on the rib to assist other water users in case they need help, you know, spare fuel and siphon, jump leads, etc.

I carry a Mars Bar in case I meet a stranded PWC user.
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Maybe its just that the twatty ones are always easily noticed ? I always try to help anyone on the water if I can - but if he had done that to me I really wonder if I had would have left him to it and waitied for his 'mates' to help him.

If he had purposely endangered me , & my boat, & crew (family) I'd let the little git sort himself out. As you say some Karma in the world - at least he fell off , and better you got to see it & have the moral high ground.
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I carry a Mars Bar in case I meet a stranded PWC user.
thats mean making them watch while you eat it from a nice stable RIB !
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thats mean making them watch while you eat it from a nice stable RIB !
Oh, sorry, no.

So they don't get too hungry waiting for the RNLI to roll up
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Phew thats Ok then ! They will have called the coastguard on their once great ( but not waterproof) 'Iphone' - well until it saw the water & stopped working.

I have only once in the last 7 years heard/seen a jetski with a VHF.......... dont get me started ............
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Phew thats Ok then ! They will have called the coastguard on their once great ( but not waterproof) 'Iphone' - well until it saw the water & stopped working.

I have only once in the last 7 years heard/seen a jetski with a VHF.......... dont get me started ............
If they used their iPhone before setting out, they could google "rules of the sea" and learn a thing or two. Also that calling 999 ends up in an office god knows where. Then you get put through to someone else who contacts the coastguard, meanwhile you have drowned and no one knows where!

iPhone great for going on forum when in work though! IT police can't bar me now!!! Lol
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Just curious to know if anyone here has an example of good seamanship by one of these 'water scooter' drivers? (Blackroady asside!) I'm trying to balance the argument....... with considerable difficulty!
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