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Old 28 August 2006, 18:56   #1
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Two days ago, I witnessed a large rib (7m?) out of boat lane, beached near swimmers in gear, engine tilted, prop spinning, crewed by three guys one helming without kill key, the other pushing tube from beach near prop and third yanking the anchor to try and free themselves! When they did eventually get some water underneath, the helmsman proceeded to walk around console with boat still moving and in gear to sort the boat out! Will people ever learn?
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Old 29 August 2006, 03:32   #2
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Will people ever learn?
Yes. When they hit the rocks at 30knots, or see someone's limbs flying up from the prop.

And the RYA still say no need for licencing.....
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Old 29 August 2006, 03:52   #3
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Yes. When they hit the rocks at 30knots, or see someone's limbs flying up from the prop.

And the RYA still say no need for licencing.....
What has licensing got to do with being a Knob? Doesn't stop licensed car drivers from behaving like fools... so why should it stop a power boat driver.. or sailor..?

..I am "Pro" licensing, as it happens.. but that won't stop stupidity
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I'd be interested to know where as we saw some behaviour like that in Priory Bay, IOW last Friday.
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How about a bit of name and shame? If anyone gets a chance to get a snap of poor boat practice, post it here for everyone to see!
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That sounds like a pretty good idea.
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I could start with a hard fishing dory that cut my sons up (they were driving, I was in a ringo off the back!) from a non-right of way position and then proceded to try and intimidate them.

Having realised that I was pulling my way back to the boat to have my own conversation with them, and that my sons were both quoting the right "rules of the road" (which they would as they are both PB2 qualified!) they f**ked off quick smart!
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How about a bit of name and shame? If anyone gets a chance to get a snap of poor boat practice, post it here for everyone to see!
I like that idea - is www.twatsinboats.com taken ?
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Licensening is the only way. a number on your boat, rib, Jet Ski,
to be allowed to buy and operate a craft in most cases able to do 35/45 knts
knowing nothing about tides etc, is madness, would you be happy with 14 year old driving a car with no instruction, I have to be registered with DEFA to spay the fruit trees. with the amout of PWC,s and small boats sales increasing it will only be a matter of time before it has to happen
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Old 29 August 2006, 19:27   #10
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I was left dumbstruck - so were many others on the beach. I've never seen anything like it. And the lifeguards on the beach did nothing! I have a photo of the boat but on this ocassion I'm going to keep it to myself.
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