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Old 09 June 2014, 16:40   #11
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As a newbie to ribbing , I was gob smacked at the fact that I could by a powerful boat and take it out on open water . I had no experience whatsoever and on one hand seems mad that I could have gone straight out on it . (Only I didn't actually know how to un hitch it !!)!

On the other hand the freedom of the water and lack of too many rules is what attracted me . I read a lot and did my pb2 before going out and am learning s**t loads of you guys .

I to have been surprised at what I have seen in my short time on the water .

It's seems like a hard one to call in terms of regulations . I run my own tree surgery business and everything is regulated to the nth degree . But there are still cowboys out there operating without qualifications, insurance, risk assessments etc .




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Old 09 June 2014, 16:44   #12
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Seriously, why bother with someone else's problems? There are idiots in every walk of life, if they want to kill themselves, let them get on with it, whilst you get on with your life. I certainly don't waste my life worrying about w4nkers that I can't do anything about.

Hey, Sh1t happens
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for me a lifejacket is like a seatbelt - without it you just dont feel right. drinking in my opinion is a nono - just as with driving if youre only going to have one or two, then whats the point in having any? play it safe and save it til later.
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Old 09 June 2014, 16:54   #14
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There are idiots in every walk of life, if they want to kill themselves, let them get on with it, whilst you get on with your life.
I'm all for that! What I object to is their disregard for the lives of anyone who might be tasked with their rescue.
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Seriously, why bother with someone else's problems? There are idiots in every walk of life, if they want to kill themselves, let them get on with it, whilst you get on with your life. I certainly don't waste my life worrying about w4nkers that I can't do anything about.
+1

You'd be amazed (and obviously appalled) at what happens over here. It just gets the stupid ones out of the gene pool....
(we do have rules about wearing PFD's for kids here but not adults).

And I paddled a surfboard (no paddle) 32 miles between Hawaiian Islands last year with no PDF either...
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I'm all for that! What I object to is their disregard for the lives of anyone who might be tasked with their rescue.
or the lives of those people they may crash into
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Don't get me wrong, I'm not preaching, but just thought there were too many "not quite right things" in one place.


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How many deaths /injuries b4 something gives
Actually whilst every death or life changing injury is a tragedy - especially if easily avoidable - there really aren't that many are there?

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What I object to is their disregard for the lives of anyone who might be tasked with their rescue.
Don't get me wrong there are risks every time they launch / take off to attend an incident but actually the rates of serious injury / death amongst the rescue services attending leisure sailors is absolutely tiny.

Windermere and other large lakes / inland lochs are deceptive. People can believe they are safer than the sea - but actually they are often colder, and potentially more dangerous. I'm not a fan of legislation, but drunk boating should be as unacceptable as drunk driving.
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Kill cords should be a law, life jackets should be your own choice, not wearing a life jacket isn't putting anyone else in danger, I also think PB2 should be the law
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Kill cords should be a law, life jackets should be your own choice, not wearing a life jacket isn't putting anyone else in danger, I also think PB2 should be the law
This is wandering into familiar "done to death" territory, no pun intended
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