July 25th, 2010AquaPalooza & Watch Out for the Whales!
Some boaters never cease to amaze me. Last weekend Donna and I went to AquaPalooza 2010 Boston. We got there a bit early (11:00) and got a nice spot to hear the music and lounge on our boat. Before you know it there were 500 boats all piled up in Perry’s cove near Peddock Island. One such boater decided to anchor his 50′ SeaRay in front of a bunch of boats that were rafted up. Needless to say this guy didn’t have any clue what he was doing, nor should he have been in a boat of that size near any other boats trying to anchor. The guy tossed his anchor out right on top of the anchor that was holding 3 boats rafted together (another no-no for anyone who knows anything about boating). As the SeaRay tried to set his anchor by backing down on it, he started to drag the anchor of the 3 rafted boats. Now all 4 boats were drifting into a series of boats that were all rafted together causing a great deal of panic among everyone.
With his anchor line now tangled and causing havoc, the guy in the 50′ SeaRay decided to cut his anchor line and high tail it out of dodge – only to leave the 3 rafted boats, now floating, uncontrollably, toward a number of other anchored boats.
It was at that moment Donna came up to the helm, turned on the blower switch and said “We are out of here!”.
Guys (and Gals), its ALL ABOUT BOATING SAFETY out there on the water. Its not just you in your 50′ boat trying to show off, there are 100′s of other folks out just trying to have a good time. Be cognizant of what is going on around you. Just because you have a little $ doesn’t entitle you to anything out there on the water. Think! When traveling around a bunch of boats in an anchorage, it is obviously a no wake zone, so treat it as such.
This brings up another great story my dad sent to me which comes from Cape Town So. Africa. I learned most all of my water skills from my Dad. He is always making sure that you understand mother nature when your out on the water and be especially careful of marine wild life. Donna and I love to go to Stellwagen and see the whales and sometimes, before you know it they can be pretty close. This guy obviously got too close.
Now, I have to think that the whale did more than $5,000 worth of damage, but do you think this guy will ever get that close to marine wild life again?
My dad is actually coming to visit me tomorrow and we are going for a nice boat ride and I am looking forward to it.
Safe boating all you captains!