ahem, it was me at the controls. I actually made fourteen hundred million posts before (by complete chance) managing this one.
My suggestion was counselling Mark not to loop his entire hand under the dink's strap-type handles, which was doing at the time. In the very unlikely event of him falling off, i wanted him to fall clear of the dink -not to half-fall off, perhaps twist his wrist/shoulder and/or get dragged along whilst slightly getting ripped by the prop. All these things can happen in less than a second. It's fine to hold things but not always such that you can't let go. It's the same philosophy as when handling a powerful drill or starting handle: - you should hold the drill/handle with thumbs clear ie as though you have no thumbs and are wearing mittens - then if the drill overpowers you suddenly, you don't get a broken thumb/hand. At the time i mentioned to mark that an experienced motorcycle pillion (er, i'm just realising what a dangerous life i lead...) should actually "hold on" to their own knees - not try loop their hands around bits of motorcycle.
By the way - the standing up while driving a dink is obviously slower (due to air resistance) and the driver has a very tough time looking behind. I tested this by belting up behind a stander upper who had quite a surprise. Stander-uppers can't make fast big moves to stbd (in emergency
giveway situation) to the same degree as sit-downers.
hm and i also note that he had a pop at me. Harumph. Mark - you were a bit of a wuss. Oh yes you were. Well, a bit. I was even going quite slowly AND you were on the downwind side.
Actually i think the problem is that Mark is used to sailing and dink-driving himself, and seeing as how his transat took 2x ours and his previous dink hardly moved, he's just having trouble acclamatising to modern-day life, so all perfectly normal, i reckon.
Ok, and look, that time I set the outboard
to flip up and then I drove it at the beach at 20ish knots and kerwhammed it up the beach, that was quite normal too, ahem...
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