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Old 03 August 2005, 13:05   #11
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There's no logic to the laws in this country:- any Tom Dick or Harry can buy a boat and tear arse on the water as much as he likes but if he hits a buoy he gets 4 months jail. Yet To take a car on the roads (legally) you have to have a licence, MOT, Road Tax, Insurance you can drive into a tree and nothing happens maybe lose your no claims discount you could even do it several times over the alcohol limit and still get away without jail, Maybe if you killed somebody as well as being drunk you may get 4 months jail

Freds absolutely correct here, its not the fact that he actually managed to hit the bouy that really is at issue, after all we can spend loads of time debating why, how and what really happend to our hearts content and still be going around in circles. As Freds quite rightly stated, where is the law or rules when people buy and launch these boats in the first place.? So just imagine an ideal world where any new boat user had to have a licenense and insurance to use a boat, this dick then with the proper training might not have hit the bouy in the first place !

So ask yourself the question.... who's fault is it really, the guy who hit the bouy or the lack of policy governing the use of powered water craft in this country, one might actually argue that he was in fact actually a victim !
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So ask yourself the question.... who's fault is it really, the guy who hit the bouy or the lack of policy governing the use of powered water craft in this country, one might actually argue that he was in fact actually a victim !
What makes you think that he was inexperienced and unqualified?

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Surely simple common sense applies here? 30 knots in the dark anywhere near land is just plain idiotic.

Training and licencing really isn't a substitute for common sense. Get into your car and watch the way people with licences drive.
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Old 03 August 2005, 13:19   #14
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I think he has got plenty of experience with ribs as he runs a maintanance shop for ribs zapcats and boats like that. If you go and see the bouy that he hit its i would say its not exactly his fualt they are massive great thing and are unlit and placed just nxt to the shipping channle i hav been out at dark coming up there before and they are so hard to see
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IIf you go and see the bouy that he hit its i would say its not exactly his fualt they are massive great thing and are unlit and placed just nxt to the shipping channle i hav been out at dark coming up there before and they are so hard to see
Those bouys are clearley marked on the chart, they have been there for a long time. The individual concerned is a "local boy". It all comes down to basics - safe speed and proper preparation. There are plenty of unlit bouys in the Solent - Advanced students have to find them in the dark. For example, Moorhead is unlit and it's much smaller than the MOD mooring bouys. It does not take a "A" student to work out why the 15 knot speed limit has been imposed on Friday night - but there will still be idiots out there.
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Can I opine, for those who have not done it before, even 15k is quite fast given the raft of inexpereinced people out on the water after the Fireworks. Evidence the amazing scenes after the fireworks on the IFR day.

My view is - 1) moor so you you are on or close to the edge of the spectators
2) leave as soon as it ends
3) at least 3 adults looking out as well as the helm
4) 10 knots
5) watch the plotter closely

If anyone would like to meet up, we will be in West Cowes just off the shore. Will listen out on ch 77. Happy go in convoy back westward afterwards.
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Watching the plotter will bugger your night vision ... unless you do it with 1 eye shut!
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Quite often poodle along at 25-30knts in the dark on my way back from the other islands. We must be lucky here as most if not all of our bouys are lit at night.

I have to agree though, even with the plotter turned right down it can stuff up your night vision.

Even having your all round white light too close can have quite a severe effect on the old eyes. Never liked having console mounted nav lights just for that reason.

Edit: Forgot to mention the bloke must've been a real pratt being local and straying too close to the channel markers. If you ain't sure then slow right down, re-assess, then continue. If your freuqently unsure then don't do it!
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So ask yourself the question.... who's fault is it really, the guy who hit the bouy or the lack of policy governing the use of powered water craft in this country, one might actually argue that he was in fact actually a victim !

It really comes down to one's worldview.

If one is a collectivist utopian, then one would desire greater big brother involvement with increased regulations licensing fees, loss of individual freedoms etc... This reasoning would suggest that even if it saves just one life somewhere somehow, it will justify any expense any loss of individual freedoms.

The other view is that individuals been given free will and there each individual is responsible for his choices & actions. When poor choices end up hurting others, that individual needs to be held accountable for it.

What this guy did was astoundingly stupid. He might generally be an intelligent person, but even very bright people are capable of doing extremely stupid things. I am not judging the person, but the choice/action he took.
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