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04-25-2007 06:27 PM
skrap1r0n
Quote:
Originally Posted by timebandit
Fast is fast and slow is slow and never the twain should meet.
speed it relative, but stupidity knows no bounds. You may have a fast sailboat, but it will be slow compared to an old beater car. The fastest car is slow compared to a passenger plane.

Put an idiot behind any of those and it becomes dangrous.
04-25-2007 05:45 PM
sailingdog
Quote:
Originally Posted by sharkbait
It has been said many times on this site that multi hulls are dangerous
Exactly how are multihulls dangerous??? Speed boats, driven at excessive speeds on crowded lakes are dangerous... multihulls are at least as safe as monohull sailboats.
04-25-2007 05:16 PM
sharkbait It has been said many times on this site that multi hulls are dangerous
04-25-2007 03:17 PM
timebandit Fast is fast and slow is slow and never the twain should meet. People who go fast have minds that work in a compleatly different spectrum than those that go slow. I'm guessing that the two boats were going side by side when the accident happened. Weather one boat turned sharply in front of the other or one verred away and came back, who knows. I am sure they did not ram each other at nighty degrees from a distance.
I like slow and I like fast but it takes me a little to get my brain up to speed but I can slow it down to sailing speed anytime.
04-25-2007 02:59 PM
sailingdog Glad to help Sea Angel...

One major difference that I can see in that particular case though. I don't believe it was known prior to the accident that the boat was having mechanical problems. In the case of Lake Texoma, one of the two speedboats involved in the crash was having mechanical issues earlier in the day... yet chose to go on racing in spite of them, at least from what accounts I've read.
04-25-2007 02:15 PM
bwalker42
Wow!

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Originally Posted by sailingdog
You mean this:


The boat veered onto the shore and hit a crowd of spectators after its engine failed, causing its automatic steering mechanism to fail.

Yes, Sailingdog! Thanks! I thought it was Clear Lake, but then I was only 16 at the time..
However, it does bring to light some extremely similar details to the collision/accident on L.Texoma IMHO.

Sailingdog.. you are an angel!
04-25-2007 01:56 PM
sailingdog You mean this:

Quote:
On May 22, 1977, Pastorini was involved in a drag boat accident during a race on Lake Mizell in Liberty County. Texas. The boat veered onto the shore and hit a crowd of spectators after its engine failed, causing its automatic steering mechanism to fail. 3 people were injured and 2 people were killed including Sherry Machell Gaskins, 10 and Herean Dale Johnson, 33.
04-25-2007 01:52 PM
bwalker42 Does anyone here remember what happened on Clear Lake with Dan Pastorini?? Think back.....
04-24-2007 06:11 PM
sailingdog Well said CP.
04-24-2007 06:02 PM
cardiacpaul Both of the boaters involved were "professionals" at this, one was the promoter of the event. They both had many years of experience in the operation and maintence of these craft. The implication that the people involved were not skilled is troublesome. However, had one not "taken the chance" all would be alive today.

These craft are big ticket items, and the operators are not flybynighters. These events are held across the country, with very large purses.

some pictures and related gear are here
cardiacpaul/speedboat - Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

I believe that while very tragic, the collision was caused by operator error, (not maintaining a safe distance, speed not reasonable and prudent) and mechanical failure (conjecture, no smoking gun has been found).
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