Join Date: May 2012
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Re: Powerboaters Are Funny
The other night I was out for one of my midnight strolls down to the beautiful little waterfront park near my house. Normally at that time it is extremely quiet, but this time I could hear loud music and partying. I wandered down to the dock to see a couple of 20ish foot boats coming towards the boat ramp, lit up like christmas trees, music cranked, over loaded with drunks. They were coming back from watching the fireworks competition that happened a couple of hours before. Somebody backed a trailer down the launch, and one of the boats proceeded to drive straight onto the trailer while the party continued on board. He actually got himself onto the trailer pretty well, (much to my disappointment!) but his passengers all stumbled forward when the boat came to a sudden stop. They winched the boat a bit further onto the trailer and then hauled the boat up the ramp. Music still cranked, passengers oblivious! One guy decided it was time to get off the boat and tried to climb off just as the driver accelerated. I'm sure he has some road rash and bruises to show for that move!
I can only hope that at least the skipper was sober, but I doubt it very much! Sadly those yahoos were one of hundreds of boats just like that, out watching the fireworks on the water and then heading home at full throttle to show how cool they are! And not a single pfd to be seen.
It's a wonder there aren't more fatalities...
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