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Old 11 March 2009, 12:13   #81
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I know it's shocking. There was a programme on the other day and it showed a kid on a boat not wearing a lifejacket. He was running around the deck and then he actually jumped in the water!!!

I couldn't believe what I was seeing - he did a strange thrashing sort of motion and then pulled himself back onto the boat. There were quite a few other people doing the same thing. There should be laws against this - they even seemed to be enjoying it!!!


Now Codders, mostly I think you "Gob off" without engaging brain first... but I was more than a little amused by this post....
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Old 11 March 2009, 12:14   #82
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I know it's shocking. There was a programme on the other day and it showed a kid on a boat not wearing a lifejacket. He was running around the deck and then he actually jumped in the water!!!

I couldn't believe what I was seeing - he did a strange thrashing sort of motion and then pulled himself back onto the boat. There were quite a few other people doing the same thing. There should be laws against this - they even seemed to be enjoying it!!!
Codders - to enlighten some on the forum - this is known as ' Swimming' & 'Fun' and has not needed a lifejacket since it was invented some time ago - however due to mans continuing evolution we are now not able to do this without 150N of bouyancy strapped to us. Just looking at water is now deadly - where as 20 years ago it was a safe occupation

It has in the past even been allowed without a H&S assesment & fully trained & certified lifeguard present - can you believe it !
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Old 11 March 2009, 12:18   #83
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Now Codders, mostly I think you "Gob off" without engaging brain first... but I was more than a little amused by this post....
Aye - quite possibly his best post to date

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It has in the past even been allowed without a H&S assesment & fully trained & certified lifeguard present - can you believe it !
I quite often think - can you imagine if they tried to invent the car today: it would never be allowed, especially not on roads with pedestrians and no barriers. The same is probably true for outboard motors. An unguarded propellor - you can't do that...
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Old 11 March 2009, 12:44   #84
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Now Codders, mostly I think you "Gob off" without engaging brain first... but I was more than a little amused by this post....
Actually it was the opposite. Normally I will never post without checking every little fact first. This time I just let it flow - maybe I should do it more often..............
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Old 11 March 2009, 13:41   #85
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I'm starting to get worried, you are all (including Codprawn) being sarcastic, aren't you ?
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I'm starting to get worried, you are all (including Codprawn) being sarcastic, aren't you ?
Nope .. just a reality check .. but codders is still with a bit of so thats good to know
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Monthly reality checks should become law on forums (its a joke, think about it !)
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mean while back at the round house, how many of you when solo have the engine running in neutral without the kill cord on, when you are undoing mooring lines etc. I know I do.

Also it used to be standard on the old safety boat Level 4 course long since replaced to not kill the engine when you were doing an man overboard if you were in a situation where if the old 2 stroke failed to start again you would be in more danger. With the advent of more reliable engines this has been phased out.
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The engines "may" be more reliable but are the electrics? Modern engines have all sorts of extra electronics that really have no place at sea.

I still think that killing the engine is not a good idea - especially when you have more than 1 person to pick up from the water.

Our waters are seldom calm and still - wind and tide can be a real pain and if you are recovering near rocks or cliffs the last thing you want to do is knock the engine off.
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I never turn the engine off unless I know the achor is in & holding, or I am tied to something solid ( like the land) .

What allowed the engine to start can easily fail after an hour of banging around in bad weather. I have however found that my opti will run even if I switch the batteries off ( i did by accident on the mooring the other day - going from bat 1 to both) - so thats reassuring !
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