Originally Posted by jumpinjack
There is a lot to take in within this report.
Lots to consider, for all boat owners: Kill cords off course but appropriate seating, hull design, hand holds, alcohol, iso build standards, fly by wire controls, max engine Power, experience/training, unexplained actions amonst other things all come into play. I feel there are points for almost all to take from this report, despite your boat, training or experience.
Have any of you ever seen a warning sign in your boat that indicates maximum manoeuvre speed??
Another point I feel needs mentioned is the actions of several individuals that have been highlighted in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy, their selfless actions and bravery may have prevented more injury.
Paul is completely right on this.
What alarms me - is that we have all witnessed what I can only describe as "relaxed ignorance" on the part of groups of people and families out on their boat in the Summer, behaving in pretty much the same way. The adults in question had both completed PB level 2, and would never have knowingly put their children at risk. How things can go so quickly wrong is the first thing that strikes me. No one on the boat was prepared for what unfolded.
This forum and its members are an informed and educated group of boat users, so preaching to the converted is only of value, if they then use that information to help and educate others.
Contentiously - I think that no legislation for kill cords (with an obvious question of who would police it even if there were) means that boat users should be comfortable with and prepared to comment, cajole, criticise other users to self police their boating safety.
Launching authorities can play a part - to launch here you must have one lifejacket for everyone on the boat, a functioning kill cord etc. (although having the kit doesnt always mean that it gets used). There will not be some overnight paradigm shift in boat users safety as a result of this. There will always be someone that goes out and buys a cheap boat on a whim with no training, or concept of the consequences when things go wrong.
But reaching the occasional boaters, the summer afternoon ones, those who would always wear their seat belts in the car.....must be an achievable aim.