Originally Posted by Gary1
I don't see the humor, I guess.
The idiot in the boat should have had a clue on how to shut down his engine manually, for starters. Which begs the question: Do you know which lever/solenoid/etc. you have to pull to shut your engine down? Or he should have pulled it into neutral and left the engine to run free. Sure, it would blow the engine, but in the long run, that would be cheaper than plowing into a dozen other boats.
Yes, he should, but many people don't have a clue... they've got a boat, but no clue.
Second thing. He's going in a circle. Why? The helmsman wasn't strong enough to turn the wheel? Rudder quadrant/shaft broken? More likely the former. Or he/she was too panicked to do anything.
Most rudders are very difficult to deal with in reverse, especially at higher speeds since they aren't balanced, and the water moving past them will generally throw the helm to one side or the other. Often, at high speeds in reverse, the forces are strong enough to break the steering system.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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