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Old 31-03-2019, 00:06   #16
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Re: Cowes Ferry Crushes Motorboat; Doesn't Even Notice

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wolfgal, different folks look to get different things out of sailing. I can show you one group of weeknight racers who are totally cut-throat and will cut the excess off their shoelaces in order to keep down the boat weight, while another night has all the casual folks who pay no attention to boat weight and are there mainly to enjoy the buffet afterwards.

It is a matter of "different" not "right or wrong".

If those folks are not marching to the beat of the same drummer you hear, just find other folks.
you are right about this hellosailor, each has his/her definition of sailing and has the right to his/her definition of sailing. the thing is, all those definitions are out there and can bump into one another. that's what the colleges are for

so it is not about finding other folks or another boat, and this is the point.

please do not think i'm all snicks about the colleges, not at all. i'm just surprised how folks can buy a motorboat, pack it full of family and friends, and head out without a clue. it is like driving a car without ever having even been on a road before (never having seen the signs: the markers and buoys...)

so if those who say they are 'experienced skippers' do not believe they need to learn which way to go when encountering a cardinal buoy along a coastline where there are a few very dangerous spots (along with strong tides and currents) or how to use the radio or how to react when in a collision course with another boat, or what to do if someone falls over, then i think it is fair to say that they may be experienced sailors but not skippers.

skippers are those who are at least aware of their responsibilities.



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Old 31-03-2019, 01:33   #17
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Re: Cowes Ferry Crushes Motorboat; Doesn't Even Notice

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I see the expectations for the ability of powerboat skippers hasn’t increased any since I was there twenty years ago: “Phoenix’s owner appeared to be coherent”. You can’t ask for more
Given his blood alcohol level, incoherence would not have been a surprise.

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