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Old 19-10-2012, 09:47   #781
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This has been fun and it has kept me up too late. Here are some of my favorites.


My favorite is still this one, I believe it came from somewhere much earlier in this thread. Just think of the actual logistics involved in making this happen...
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Old 19-10-2012, 11:56   #782
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This has got to be one of the greatest boating inventions since the anchor!

Back It Up and Forget It | Boat Docking System - YouTube
What will that dock look like after big wind and waves???
Geesh.
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This has got to be one of the greatest boating inventions since the anchor!

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Are the ladies included in the package ????
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I'm not convinced it would handle a three foot wake from a powerboat. I also noticed neither of them were wearing life jackets while hanging over the swim platform like that. Also had the skipper backed up too far the two women would have been severely injured by being pinched between the deck of the dock and the transom.
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Old 19-10-2012, 16:53   #785
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What - two bikini girls on the transom? I agree...
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Old 19-10-2012, 17:25   #786
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What - two bikini girls on the transom? I agree...

I'm guessing that one actually predates the anchor. Probably the very first boat accessory ever.
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Old 19-10-2012, 21:18   #787
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Ya...until the tide changes...
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I'm not convinced it would handle a three foot wake from a powerboat. I also noticed neither of them were wearing life jackets while hanging over the swim platform like that. Also had the skipper backed up too far the two women would have been severely injured by being pinched between the deck of the dock and the transom.
Nah, one had a pretty good set of "fenders".
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I have the feeling it is a garage type business. The first crushed finger should take care of that.
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Don't forget this one. They tested a prototype in front of my marina years ago. Terrifying to watch. I read the numbers and they were really scary, couldn't believe they were right. They claimed the ceiling was 1,000 ft, top speed was 90 mph, and stall speed was around 60. That's a pretty small window for staying airborne! And who would be crazy enough to take this thing up more than a few hundred feet!?
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People seem to create unique ways of killing themselves almost every day. The good news is this tendency in some people helps to keep the world population lower than it would be otherwise. The bad news is that this genetic trait is less likely to be carried forward to their offspring given they are less likely to survive to reproduce.
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Don't forget this one. They tested a prototype in front of my marina years ago. Terrifying to watch. I read the numbers and they were really scary, couldn't believe they were right. They claimed the ceiling was 1,000 ft, top speed was 90 mph, and stall speed was around 60. That's a pretty small window for staying airborne! And who would be crazy enough to take this thing up more than a few hundred feet!?
Might have a niche market, say in those with a passion for fishing just above the Niagara, Victoria or Angel Falls...

The engine would have to start reliably, though....
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Might have a niche market, say in those with a passion for fishing just above the Niagara, Victoria or Angel Falls...

The engine would have to start reliably, though....

Oh, there's a bunch of them out there.






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This is my favourite, it looks to me like good fun, safe and relatively efficient.

Seems possible it might have a few wrinkles, eg I wonder if it could travel up tricky rapids with rocky ledges better than a conventional jetboat? (due to the "bow lift" potential, and the fact that it's towed might make low speed manoeuvres safer - less risk of getting spun downstream, perhaps?.)



Might even be able to earn a bit of money on the side, removing guano from moored boats... ;-)

(whether they need it or not !)
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This is my favourite, it looks to me like good fun, safe and relatively efficient.

Seems possible it might have a few wrinkles, eg I wonder if it could travel up tricky rapids with rocky ledges better than a conventional jetboat? (due to the "bow lift" potential, and the fact that it's towed might make low speed manoeuvres safer - less risk of getting spun downstream, perhaps?.)



Might even be able to earn a bit of money on the side, removing guano from moored boats... ;-)

(whether they need it or not !)

I MUST HAVE ONE!!!


Wonder what happens if you get your leg under the jet stream...

It WOULD make the ultimate boat pressure washer.
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