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Old 09-23-2017, 08:52 PM   #1
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Stupidity incarnated

Today was a very nice hot day and end of September month it is just a blessing up here. We departed from the marina with wife and parents visiting from France. Target was a small marina not far from our favorite anchorage so my aging parents could sleep in an nice nearby hotel room while we stay aboard ( yes we keep the best for us lol).
Mid way there is a well known sand bank starboard where people anchor and swim, and as a hot sunny day, there was a hell lot of people anchored there.
I spotted a cruiser on starboard that was setting up a towing with little kids on an inflatable seat so moved a bit on port to give them room. Boat on port were slowing down because of the traffic. I was around 15 meters port from the towing boat when suddenly heard a roaring noise, looked behind and saw a big, 35 to 40 feet long, speedboat going full throttle at what I think was at least 30 knots that decided to pass starboard between me and the towing boat. This ******* (sorry for my language but I know no name except this for this prick) went 6 feet from two kids sitting on an inflatable seat at 30knots. Cannot imagine what would have been the carnage if he just made a mistake of handling.
Some people just does not deserve to be born...

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That's why it's far safer to cruise only on cloudy, rainy days!
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Old 09-23-2017, 09:11 PM   #3
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Yeah, me too I like cloudy chilly days, stupid cruisers stay at the dock and I have the river for myself.

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Old 09-23-2017, 09:39 PM   #4
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On a more serious note.....when I ran a small bowrider and had kids...the entire ocean was divided up into two zones. Where it was safe to tow my kids, and where it wasn't. Don't get me wrong... I LOVE the rafting up, lots of boats, total chaos of a boatable beaching area. Its fun for everyone.....but there is no way in hell that I would put my kids on a tube there. In fact, the first thing we always did when we got there, was to talk about safe swim areas....and they were limited to areas where moving boats couldn't go.

I don't want to diminish the errors of the speedboat in this discussion, but as a parent/captain.....it is protocol to assume the average boater is an idiot and act accordingly. The entertainment value of stupidity is massive, if you are not in danger.
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Old 09-23-2017, 09:51 PM   #5
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Even if the kids would have not been there this guy was just a jerk. There were something like 30 boats on the sand 30 feet from his trajectory, I just cannot imagine what would have happened if he would have lost control...

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Old 09-23-2017, 10:28 PM   #6
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Don't get me wrong... I LOVE the rafting up, lots of boats, total chaos of a boatable beaching area. Its fun for everyone...
Could not think of anything worse.
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Me neither! Definition of boating hell!
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Lou, imagine what a jerk that boat operator is like in everyday life. It`s fortunate everyone came out of it ok.
Behavior like that on Sydney Harbor led to relocating my boat 20 miles N in a better location, where most boaters behave a whole lot better, and you get a friendly wave of the hand instead of a bad pass and a deep wake.
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Old 09-24-2017, 05:39 AM   #10
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Today was a very nice hot day and end of September month it is just a blessing up here. We departed from the marina with wife and parents visiting from France. Target was a small marina not far from our favorite anchorage so my aging parents could sleep in an nice nearby hotel room while we stay aboard ( yes we keep the best for us lol).
Mid way there is a well known sand bank starboard where people anchor and swim, and as a hot sunny day, there was a hell lot of people anchored there.
I spotted a cruiser on starboard that was setting up a towing with little kids on an inflatable seat so moved a bit on port to give them room. Boat on port were slowing down because of the traffic. I was around 15 meters port from the towing boat when suddenly heard a roaring noise, looked behind and saw a big, 35 to 40 feet long, speedboat going full throttle at what I think was at least 30 knots that decided to pass starboard between me and the towing boat. This ******* (sorry for my language but I know no name except this for this prick) went 6 feet from two kids sitting on an inflatable seat at 30knots. Cannot imagine what would have been the carnage if he just made a mistake of handling.
Some people just does not deserve to be born...

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Some people are nutters when they are on the water. However I guess it is no difference the same nutters that are driving on the road. The only up side is, there are less nutters on the water then on the road!

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Old 09-24-2017, 06:18 AM   #11
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"That's why it's far safer to cruise only on cloudy, rainy days!"

Airline drivers feel the same way , a rotten day keeps the amateurs home.
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Old 09-24-2017, 07:33 AM   #12
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Rcmp.


What means rcmp?

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Lou, imagine what a jerk that boat operator is like in everyday life. It`s fortunate everyone came out of it ok.
Behavior like that on Sydney Harbor led to relocating my boat 20 miles N in a better location, where most boaters behave a whole lot better, and you get a friendly wave of the hand instead of a bad pass and a deep wake.


It is unfortunate that our police patrol only goes out when there is almost nobody on the river while they should be there during crowded days like yesterday.

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Old 09-24-2017, 07:38 AM   #14
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"That's why it's far safer to cruise only on cloudy, rainy days!"

Airline drivers feel the same way , a rotten day keeps the amateurs home.


Usually at this time of the year it is a lot colder and almost nobody is out on the water and we love it. Yesterday was one of the last hot day before the end of the season so people get excited and start to act stupid.

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What means rcmp?

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My guess... Royal Canadian Mounted Police??

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Yes, RCMP. When I post without periods the site removed rhe capital letters.

It didn't do it this time!
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I would NEVER have thought this behaviour possible of Canadians/-iens!

I agree with 'Tongue-tied', turn him in, should, Heaven forfend, there be a next time.
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Yes, RCMP. When I post without periods the site removed rhe capital letters.

It didn't do it this time!
The OP would not immediately think of calling the RCMP, as that sort of complaint would go to the SQ, Sûreté du Québec, the Provincial (National) Police force.
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