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WantaWhale posted 05-22-2002 06:04 PM ET (US)   Profile for WantaWhale   Send Email to WantaWhale  
Tonight there is supposed to be a story about a problem in the boating industry.A boating sport they say. The teaser said the industry has known about it for years. Then a woman comes on and says how she wants the public to know this can be dangerous. Then they show some people hanging off the stern of a boat being dragged and aparently one was killed. It looked like a Saturday Night Live parody, but it was for real. Anyone heard of this and why would anyone want to be so close to the engine?
I am going to be sure and watch it tonight.
I wouldn't put it past the station to say that outboards can be dangerous and should be outlawed :)
B Bear posted 05-22-2002 06:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for B Bear  Send Email to B Bear     
I recall seeing something about this a few months ago. It was about young adults and kids hanging off othe swim platform while the boat was underway and the problem was the exhaust, carbon monoxide posioning, if I remember right. I don't recall any outboards being involved, more like I/Os.
LKS posted 05-22-2002 08:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for LKS  Send Email to LKS     
Yes, I've heard about it, but it usually involves inboards. Swim platform surfing, very dangerous not only because of the prop, but also carbon monoxide. If I remember correctly, there was a post and discussion about it roughly a year ago (about the time I joined this forum). With the holiday weekend, they're probably running it as a safety message. If I can find the thread, I'll post it here. Let's all have a safe holiday weekend! -- LKS
whalerron posted 05-22-2002 11:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
From the USCG, here is the article concerning "drag surfing". It is amazing how many people don't understand that carbon monoxide is absorbed more readily by blood than oxygen is absorbed by the blood.

pcogs posted 05-23-2002 08:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for pcogs  Send Email to pcogs     
There was also an extensive article on this in an issue of Soundings magazine towards the end of last summer I think.

I happen to have a '19 Mastercraft ski-boat and we used to utilize the swim platform all the time. When your in shallow waters the skier could just hang on and get towed to deeper water without all the trouble of getting out of the water.
Thankfully I read the article and can benefit from somebody else's mistakes.

btw, the prop on the inboards is much furhter under the hull, so there was never much worry of injury unless you backed down on the skier.

jimithing posted 05-23-2002 09:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimithing  Send Email to jimithing     
Yep. "teak surfing" as it is known around these parts. Article on it in last month's Chesapeake Bay Magazine. So far no fatalities on the bay but becoming a real draw to the thrillseekers in the younger crowd.

actually sounds like something I would have tried growing up...the moron that I was.

SuburbanBoy posted 05-23-2002 07:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for SuburbanBoy  Send Email to SuburbanBoy     
With the infinite wisdom of our government, I'll bet we find a solution to this "problem". Make every new boat use a catalytic converter. It will make Teak Surfing much less dangerous. C-O is greatly reduced in cat equipped cars. This also makes it hard to commit suicide breathing your exhaust these days. Sooner or later we will make the world a safe place.


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