Do we have any parasailing boat operators on this board, who can explain to me why they like to drag their hapless victims, er customers through the rigging
of boats in channels?
Coming out of a port in the Bahamas
; narrow channel, reefs
either side, when parasailer boat crosses in front, then turns around and crosses again even closer. This time clueless tourist looks down and waves at us. She was maybe 100 ft up, and we have a 60-ft stick. Anything went wrong and we'd have a non-paying passenger hanging from the mast
Reminded me of a similar incident from years ago, when I was taking a naval frigate into Puerto Vallarta
. We were past the point of no return, committed to the channel, when some idiot parasailer boat that was travelling along the shore turned in, to cut right in front of the bow. The rope
passed low over the foc'sle and above the bridge, so I didn't see how close he came, but the guys on deck
figured he missed being impaled on an antenna
, by inches.
Talking to local about our incident, just got a shaking of the head
. Apparently there have been a number of "accidents", ropes breaking, etc. Anyone here go parasailing in a country with, shall we say, less strict safety regulations