I saw a person calmly step off a slow moving boat, stub their toe on an ever so slightly raised board and do a nice face plant into the dock. It looked like it hurt. You can fall or trip any time whether the boat is moving or not.
Telling a newbie "Step off when the boat is moving slow enough" leaves things up to interpretation. 5 kts might be slow for a former powerboater. A rule of not stepping off until the boat is stopped is more black and white.
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Last edited by Sublime; 09-14-2011 at 12:28 AM.