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    Sometimes I almost get to the point of supporting the notion of licensing powerboaters like we license auto drivers.

    http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/blog/...+on+videotape/
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    Very lucky that they didn't go over, the driver sure seemed to go down hard.


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    Alabama now requires you have a license. to operate a boat. You have to take the Coast Guard class and pass it to get it.
    From what I have seen most of what they learn is quickly forgotten though...
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    The vid is amusing enough, but the actual educational value would be to see the extent of the injuries 24hrs later! They took some nasty hits to the head, and I think the woman in green bent the throttle levers over with her short ribs. owie.

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    I'd say the operator may have had little idea of what he was really doing in operating that boat. If you watch his hand on the throttles, he appears to chop the throttles as he goes over each wave of the wake. Chopping the throttles at high speed will throw the boat into a nose down aspect and cause exactly what happened. The were very lucky.

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    Not sure how a boating license would help this anymore that a driving license helps with driving a race car. Licensing usually only involves basic skills necessary to operate.
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    You mean you don't need licences? Does anyone know the boating regs? I know this is different but I'm still amazed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nedL View Post
    I'd say the operator may have had little idea of what he was really doing in operating that boat. If you watch his hand on the throttles, he appears to chop the throttles as he goes over each wave of the wake. Chopping the throttles at high speed will throw the boat into a nose down aspect and cause exactly what happened. The were very lucky.
    yup, wth was he up to? ! Once he was down , it was game over. Idjit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nedL View Post
    I'd say the operator may have had little idea of what he was really doing in operating that boat. If you watch his hand on the throttles, he appears to chop the throttles as he goes over each wave of the wake. Chopping the throttles at high speed will throw the boat into a nose down aspect and cause exactly what happened. The were very lucky.
    He'd been watching too many professionals do it, except they know when to chop the throttles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RHarris View Post
    He'd been watching too many professionals do it, except they know when to chop the throttles.
    And I do not think they are holding the throttles with their wrist all limp and up side down!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizbang 13 View Post
    And I do not think they are holding the throttles with their wrist all limp and up side down!!
    Yeah but it look so much cooler that way!

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    Chopping the throttles at high speed will throw the boat into a nose down aspect and cause exactly what happened.
    Well, you cant see from the video ( and I am not defending the guy) but its good go-fast practice if you are catching air to chop the throttles before the props re-enter the water. For one thing, it alleviates over revving ( unloaded in the air) props from suddenly being loaded. Puts a lot of stress on the gears. Second, if you wait til you land to "go" the boat will tend to keep going straight; but if you turn the wheel in midair and she comes down with the wheels spinning, you are going to go off in another direction. Suddenly.

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    "Lake of the Ozarks" pretty much says it all. Then again, there's no regional limitations on stupid. He probably would never have been showing off if it weren't for the "Hooters" along for the ride. Testosterone and water don't mix.

    Speaking of testosterone and water...

    BTW, was that CSOHJoe at the helm, or just some other bald guy who likes to take pictures of himself?



    (Sorry, Joe, I couldn't resist.)

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    I agree you want to back off if the prop is in the air, but I certainly wouldn't do what that guy did. At least when running a Jersey speed skiff (what I am familiar with & have) that is a quick way to have a 'real bad day'.

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    Just before the crash, the folks on board do NOT look like they are having fun.

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    The real facts are that you do not even enter a wake at that speed with unsecured passengers standing all over your cockpit. You slow down so that you don't have that problem. The big offshore hulls are the modern equivalent of buying a hemi roadrunner when you're 18 years old. You watch Dirty Mary Crazy Larry and Vanishing point and think you're a stunt driver. I hope his passengers sued his ass off.

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    New Hampshire requires taking a course and a test to drive a boat with more than 25 horses. As I have no boats with engines, and if I got one it would be a displacement hull, I can't judge. But the whole reason that the live free or die state passed such a law was because of such stupidity.

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    I had high hopes for some bikini malfunctions.

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    I do hope this will take him off the water for good, I have nothing but disdain for these kind of people.
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    Not very good advertising for Fountain.

    I wonder if anyone could make a claim against Fountain that the boat is inherently unstable (waves and wakes are a common, natural feature of most boating areas, right?) and that it lacked sufficient restraints to ensure the safety of the occupants when operated in the manner in which it was intended?

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    I sure hope not... the only one at fault there was the idiot behind the wheel. In no way should he be let off the hook by trying to blame the manufacturer or anyone else for his stupidity.
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    I go to great lengths--time and money--to avoid people like these in boats like those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Palmer View Post
    Not very good advertising for Fountain.

    I wonder if anyone could make a claim against Fountain that the boat is inherently unstable (waves and wakes are a common, natural feature of most boating areas, right?) and that it lacked sufficient restraints to ensure the safety of the occupants when operated in the manner in which it was intended?
    Fountain make a superior offshore hull, one of the best. The first thing that tends to happen is when these boats age a little and start to become slower than their newer counterparts, people repower or upgrade engines to higher horsepowers. The boat ends up going faster than it should for it's hull design.

    The second problem is inherent with high performance automobiles, bikes, boats, planes...... the operator is dangerously less competent than they should be. I have a friend who raced formula that gets paid 300 bucks to take people out in their own cars around a race track. It inevitably scares the **** out of them, but the safety factor was, in fact, better since my friend has significant high speed experience. Like I said, 18 year old with a Hemi. There was nothing wrong with that boat.... just the captain and crew playing Miami Vice. There should be the equivalent of dangerous driving for boat owners like that.

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    Too much speed, too much power, passengers standing up and boat wakes are bad combination for an accident like this to happen.

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    Neither the link at the OP nor at #20 work for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian McColgin View Post
    Neither the link at the OP nor at #20 work for me.
    It might be because they have fossilised with age......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian McColgin View Post
    Neither the link at the OP nor at #20 work for me.
    No surprise Ian, this thread, those posts are from over ten years ago.

    Woodboat10's a newbie here (or a troll), needs a lesson for what's best left alone after so long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian McColgin View Post
    Neither the link at the OP nor at #20 work for me.
    I’m guessing it’s this one. Never gets old.
    https://youtu.be/b9mtM0uIQ9Q
    edit to add language warning
    Last edited by Geftb; 11-27-2022 at 05:49 PM.

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    Luckily for me I 'aged out' on having to take the operator's test in Alabama.

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    Thank you Geftb. That's a famous vid.

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