Originally Posted by rwidman
Here's the other side to that story: A few years ago, my wife and I were asleep on our boat
in our marina when we heard the sound of a small boat
doing circles at high speed. We called the police, thinking it was a typical drunk (it was 3:00 in the morning). Every rescue
department within 20 miles showed up and launched.
Well, it turns out the guy had been working on his boat and wanted to try it out. He and his girlfriend and another friend took it to the adjacent boat ramp
and launched it. Apparently, he turned it into a circle and went to the stern to make and adjustment. Whatever actually happened, he fell out of the boat. They found his body about a mile away stuck in a bridge piling.
Would you rather have a ticket or a ride to the morgue?
The only similarity in my story and that is a dinghy and a marina. It's not a stark choice between a ticket and the morgue.
I guess I'm getting old. I grew up on the water
, made my living from it as a teenager, know my way around boats and know my limits and the value of caution, am a strong swimmer, yadda yadda yadda. It was reasonable that they stopped me I suppose, but the fine and their attitude seemed a bit over the top.
But...I consider anyone who rides a bike without a helmet to be an idiot, so....