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This video had been around for awhile. I think idiot is rather unfair. If you don't sail, or drive a cat you can't appreciate the stability. Also this owner has had specific training for this very predicament. It seems in his area it is rather common to have to cross bars, and he got training for it.........i2f
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I posted a response to this last time it went around.

The GOld Coast broadwater, including the seaway is 'my' area.

This guy came in with a sea state that stopped 60'-80' power cat commercial vessels (whale watching) operating. It was a falling tide and there can be training for speedboat operators, and possibly yachty's, if you pay for it.

If he had been showed /trained how to cross a bar, then he would know;
Never attempt to cross a bar in a falling tide with any sea state!

That is the only rule. He appeared to be picked up by a swell and started to surf. He was therefore past the point of no return and you cannot turn around once you have entered.

He showed great skill and an incredible amount of luck to not broach. His alternative was to wait 12-24 hrs for better conditions or to sail to Mooloolaba, another 80nm away. He obviously does know how to control and handle his boat.

There are a few bars in Sth Qld and Northern NSW. Some would not be attempted unless calm in a speedboat. The Southport seaway is considered one of the safest and easiest to cross.
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Clearly was in control so no problem.Mouth of The Hokianga harbour in northland NZ is a bit like this.Spent 6 weeks watching it from my daughters place and quite amazing to think that big sailing ships used to enter it.
YouTube - Hokianga Harbour and the Tasman Sea
As I recall you can in theory stand on the bar at low water!
If you are familiar with local tidal phenomena you can usually master them.
Gulf of Corrievreckan here in Scotlands a good example.Tide runs up outside of islands far quicker than inside combined with an underwater rock pinacle -result a whirlpool and standing waves.YouTube - Corryvrechan Whirlpool, Scotland

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