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There was an article in Latitude 38 several years ago about a group who were using roto-molded plastic dinghies (DeWitt dinghies?) for a sort of "full-contact" style of racing. The plastic hulls were light and strong enough to endure any impacts, and the pram-style hulls couldn't get going fast enough for the collisions to be very dangerous. Sounded like a blast.

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Originally Posted by SloopJonB View Post
If you want to get serious about this, how about compressed air potato cannons with jet skis as the enemy. A famous local newspaper columnist was reputed to have a shore battery version at his home on a local island.
Indeed. Shore batteries would have to be part of the game. Maybe those cannons on the committee boats can be put to some good use. You know they've always wanted to shoot them at the sailboats anyway.

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Remember the girl swimming in the Sooke potholes.? Hit in the face with a water balloon and lost an eye.If she'd been on a boat she'd been OK!
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There is a Boy Scout camp in NH (Camp Belle) that has 2 Hunter 170's. They put a Boy Scout patrol in each one and give them a bucket of sponges. They have to maneuver the boats and launch the sponges at each other. Subsequently, they have to maneuver around to pick up the launched sponges to get another go at it. Definitely was a good time.

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hobbyzone has some small foam park flyers radio control airplanes with a laser cannon mounted on them as well as a reviever. the idea is that you and your buddy can each get one of these ww2 fighters and dog fight. when one reviever recieves a solid hit from another plaines cannon, it shuts the motor down of the stricken aircraft. and the pilot has to land his plane dead stick (usually a controlled crash of sorts!).
i bet this could be used on boats for the same thing. sounds like real fun!
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Originally Posted by smurphny View Post
This sounds like a great idea. The grappling and boarding with swords drawn might present a problem. Have been reading O'Brien's Aubrey series recently...sorry.

I've always wanted to swing over to another boat on a halyard.
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