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lhg posted 01-21-2002 08:30 PM ET (US)   Profile for lhg  
As I type, I have one of the most irresponsible programs on the TV I have ever seen. Called "Fearfactor" it is some kind of a challenge where age "20 something" girls and guys are jumping from the stern deck of one "go-fast" to another, while the boats are running 40mph. These are not stunt persons. The boats draw close together at this speed, and the person tries to jump between the boats. It looks like these boats are powered by Mercury V-8 stern drives, but there is no brand name on the boats.

Four times, I have seen the person miss the jump, falling onto the gunwale of the speeding boat, body hanging by their arms off the side about where a Whaler decal would be. Then, unable to climb into the boat, lets go. Remember this is at 40 mph. Their feet and legs couldn't be inches from the prop, and possiblity of falling under the boat is huge. Then, when a person misses the jump, hitting the sides of the boat, the other contestants cheer! These idiots have no idea of the danger they're in. Just can't believe any NBC producer would put such reckless behavior on the tube, and that 7-11 & Slimfast would sponsor it. Oh yes, Yamaha or Sea Doo jet skis are being used to do the rescues from the water. They should know better than to provide the craft for such a show.

Sorry for the non-whaler content here.

Dick posted 01-21-2002 09:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Some people don't have any brains and will do anything for a buck. It come on here at 8 PM PST, I'll have to take a look.
Just finished working the Seattle boat show, one of the ski boat dealers had a contest to win a new ski boat. Six people started the competition and all you had to do was stand in a pair of water skis holding on to a ski rope. The last one left standing was the winner, they were allowed periodic 20 minute breaks. The winner lasted 72 hours and one guy was hauled off to the hospital with legs so swollen that they looked like an elephants. All of this for a lousy $23,000 ski boat. Brains?
Arch Autenreith posted 01-21-2002 09:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Arch Autenreith  Send Email to Arch Autenreith     
Did you see the one guy that missed and his leg went underneath the boat? At least in that one I thought there may have been a few less tootsies. 'Splatter'.
JohnAz posted 01-21-2002 09:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnAz  Send Email to JohnAz     
Apparently you dont know the hydro-dynamics of bare foot skiing,,@40mph you can't possibly get from the side of a boat to the center thrust line of the boat,,you will if you were at the bow and fell under the boat, next time you are out at 40 mph try reaching down the side of the boatd near the transom and see if you can with all your strength push your hand 6 inches under the boat,,,much less 4 ft or so,,,the producers eliminate all the major risk in these stunts, but not all you could break something like a leg or arm,,
Drisney posted 01-22-2002 01:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Drisney  Send Email to Drisney     
Weren't those boats "jet" power?
and BTW....we were watching.


cjd posted 01-22-2002 09:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for cjd  Send Email to cjd     
based on a 180 on of the boats pulled at the start, i am betting jet powered.
InHerNet posted 01-22-2002 09:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for InHerNet  Send Email to InHerNet     
I watched the show and would also have to say jet powered.
Chris J posted 01-22-2002 11:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chris J  Send Email to Chris J     
Doesn't matter if the boat is jet powered. Anyone jumping around off the stern of a boat doing 40 is asking for an injury, possibly a serious one. Compound fractures aren't as dramatic as a sheared leg but can be just as disabling.

Stupid behavior no matter how you cut it, but this is TV we are talking about after all. It is probably unfair to expect much better.

LKS posted 01-22-2002 12:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for LKS  Send Email to LKS     
Kind of like a Michigan Dept. of Tourism magazine I read a year or so back that included an article for boaters on the water. The piece suggested that boaters "stop for an evening of beer and burgers" at a place along the coast, "before continuing on to [such and such] harbor for overnight accommodations." This place was the "hotspot" of the area, complete with live entertainment, and they were not talking about one or two beers. OK, so according to a publication sponsored by the state government it's OK to drink and boat????? Makes ya wonder . . . I wrote to the managing editor of the publication and the head of the tourism division -- and actually got a response. I have not seen any similar mention in subsequent publicaitons from this group. Maybe if enough people wrote to NBC and the sponsors of this show (7-11, Slimfast, Yamaha, SeaDoo, etc.) and cc: Boat US and/or other prominent boating organizations, they might think twice about airing such episodes. Maybe, maybe not. But at least you're doing something about sharing your concerns. Or, you could wait and see if the Coast Guard and other marine rescue groups report a higher incidence of "transom jumping" in the coming months.
maxdevon posted 01-23-2002 06:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for maxdevon  Send Email to maxdevon     

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