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Why I am always wary of Power Boaters.....

Saw this coming back in Monday afternoon. Its what happens when your drunk or simply don't have a clue as to what all those red and green marks are for. I have a friend who got T Boned last summer in close to the same spot. The power boat was on auto helm and the owners were below cleaning up. Ran into my friend while he was sailing.
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Re: Why I am always wary of Power Boaters.....

it seems to me that the lakes,rivers and coastal areas are just too crowded for boats to be travelling at high speeds but i suppose theres just too much money driving the industry to regulate this growing problem
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it seems to me that the lakes,rivers and coastal areas are just too crowded for boats to be travelling at high speeds but i suppose theres just too much money driving the industry to regulate this growing problem
Regulating stupidity is a sucker's bet.
Keep in mind that every regulation you want for THEM would also inevitably apply to US. After all, to be fair, how many times have you seen a sailboat that is sitting higher than it should be because the skipper got caught slippin' and ended up in skinny water?
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Re: Why I am always wary of Power Boaters.....

Just as on a bike, to stay alive you've gotta assume they will do the stupidest thing possible. In heavily trafficked places, it is downright scary. A large percentage have no clue as to the rules of the road, what marks mean, how to read a chart, how to anchor, etc. We've all seen it over and over again. Be on guard.
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Re: Why I am always wary of Power Boaters.....

As a former Navigation Deputy for the local Sheriffs Department I can safely say many boaters, power, jetski & sail alike, have little clue and don't even realize it. Lets face it most boaters are out to blow off some steam and enjoy themselves for an afternoon, they aren't worried about seamanship or boat handling skills.

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Re: Why I am always wary of Power Boaters.....

As I tell everyone who sails with me, I assume the person in the other boat has no clue what they are doing. Here in the Barnegat bay it is extremely shallow 2 ft outside the channel. Boats here run WIDE open even at night and i can only assume they have their eyes pinned on the GPS rather than at the water. Had some very close calls here and if I had played the " I have the right of way " game I would have lost.
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Saw this coming back in Monday afternoon. Its what happens when your drunk or simply don't have a clue as to what all those red and green marks are for. I have a friend who got T Boned last summer in close to the same spot. The power boat was on auto helm and the owners were below cleaning up. Ran into my friend while he was sailing.
Is that Rockhold Creek?
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Is that Rockhold Creek?
Yep -- that's the south breakwater coming into HHN/Rockhold Creek.

I noticed this one Monday as well, although I was only at HHN offices so wasn't able to get a close look.
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So many jettys, so little time.
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Re: Why I am always wary of Power Boaters.....

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Saw this coming back in Monday afternoon. Its what happens when your drunk or simply don't have a clue as to what all those red and green marks are for. I have a friend who got T Boned last summer in close to the same spot. The power boat was on auto helm and the owners were below cleaning up. Ran into my friend while he was sailing.
I think their expectations of their Autohelm were a little high...
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