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Re: Navicula Vulgaris

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I imagine we all ignore one or more of them, at least some of the time. However, has anyone here ever depth charged their own boat?
I can safely answer this question after 50+ years have passed, yes! I never thought I would get asked.

We were exploring the "bottomless lake" with an "adult" friend who "knew" about dynamite. I have a clear memory of hanging onto the bow seat as our vertical flat bottom skiff was lifted skyward by an explosion that probably occurred less than 15 feet below the waters surface.(we payed out an entire spool of wire before the "test"). Water being a non compressible fluid, we got a dramatic demonstration of fluid dynamics mixed with stupidity! We all survived as did the boat. Kids! Ha!

If boat shows are any indication, the trend is clearly in that direction! I saw "rafts of "boats" at this year's NE Boat show that looked like dock mutations.

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that is true. I am beginning to think that new boats look better at the dock than they do on the move
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Re: Navicula Vulgaris

Not a sailing story, but....

I was in my canoe, paddling in a National park. Nice day, quiet; turkeys on the hillside, deer coming down to drink at the lake, birds in the tree singing, etc. Nice stuff. All very bucolic.

Power boat roars by at high speed. Everything living thing vanishes.

Gradually peace returns.

An hour or so later I catch up with the power boat, anchored, finishing their lunch, ready to head back. I greeted them politely; they replied "Not much good this park - no wildlife". A few minutes later I hear them start the engine for their return.

I wonder why they saw so little....;-)
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that is true. I am beginning to think that new boats look better at the dock than they do on the move
Funny, I've been thinking that boats have been starting to get better looking after the period of "running shoe" styling we have had to suffer.

The new Jeanneau's & Bavaria's with the cat's eye styling look pretty decent to my eye (externally anyway).

None of them are as gorgeous as early Swans though.
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this is true.. the "running shoe" style was pretty bad.

Worst I ever saw, was on a friends old runabout.. 18feet, I/O with a little ironduke 4 cylinder.. no idea who made it... never saw another like it in 30 years.

We are running down the ICW behind Ocean City NJ when a Jet boat passed us at a high rate of speed.. he immediatly cut in front and raised the output of the pump to drench us with it's output.
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Re: Navicula Vulgaris

Here's a little case study in keeping with the theme of the thread. Hopefully, it may give us an opportunity to learn something other than the fact that guys who ride these things are very often idiots.

Several years ago I was driving a small launch across Provincetown (MA) Harbor when a guy on a jet ski jumped the wake of a high speed ferry boat. He first crossed the ferry's stern and jumped the wake, turned around and tried to jump it going the other way. He was probably doing 25 knots when he stuck the front end of his jet ski into the 2+ ft near vertical wave/wake. The jet ski stopped monentarily as if it had hit a brick wall...but it stopped just long enough for our wake jumper to begin the predictable movement over the handlebars. About the time his chest was moving over the handlebars, the bouyancy of the jet ski took over the jet ski began moving vertically up to crest of the wave. The wave jumper took the handlebars in his rib cage and instead of flying straight over the handlebars he began moving upward and forward at about a 45 deg angle. He flew about 30-35 ft doing a 1/2 flip -- and landed on his back.

I'm on the scene so I figure it's up to me to render aid. He has two companions on jet skis, but they aren't much help. I guess if he'd just fallen off the jet ski, they could have helped him onto the back of their's. But our wake jumper isn't very frisky at the moment.

Now for the interesting part.... I pull up beside the guy....he's conscious, a little dazed, but conscious. He's bleeding badly from the gash on his head. Water temperature was 60degs and he wasn't wearing thermal protection. I open the gate of the pontoon boat launch I was driving and asked my passengers to stand aside. Then it dawns on me that I don't have a boarding ladder of any kind and the water line is at least 18" below the level of the deck I'm standing on.

OK, SailNetters, what do you do now?


PS Although I didn't know it at the time our wake jumper had cracked vertebrae, a broken elbow,and several broken ribs in addition to the gash on his forehead.
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We are running down the ICW behind Ocean City NJ when a Jet boat passed us at a high rate of speed.. he immediatly cut in front and raised the output of the pump to drench us with it's output.
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