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If you put a fan in front of a sailboat, wouldn't he or she be in danger of drowning or being run over by the celebrity owner's paid crew or guests? It seems the fan would be in grave danger of being longitudinally keelhauled, that is along the long axis of the boat, especially with an old-timey full keel design.
This of course doesn't apply to catamarans, since the fan, if wearing a life jacket, would simply likely bob along between the hulls and under the bridgedeck (the frame between the hulls ) of the famous person's boat, assuming normal clearances, and the fan could wave at the celebrity and crew as he drifted out under the stern.
That is, unless the fan had the misfortune to be caught by a wave and slammed up against the underside of the bridgedeck/frame.
In that case, the fan's journey under the frame to make a small wave up to fame's bridge would be shortly abridged by a large wave under fame's frame.
The moral of course is to never swim under a bridge over troubled waters.