jason kiefer and melissa carl risk their dryness for fun!There were massive waves out on the Pacific today, and as we went past the jetty, the boat was rocked side by side like crazy. We had the Kiefers and their three boys, and everyone was getting a little worried. When Jason started humming the Gilligan's Island theme song line over and over, "A Three Hour Tour..." I realized that tipping around wasn't fun for everybody. The screaming boys were another clue.So I decided to turn the HMS Kelowna toward the waves. I have no idea what possessed Jason and Melissa to go up to the bow like that, but they wanted to stand at the Titanic view spot and ride the nose crashing. This video is hilarious - check it out!
The actions of the ocean is extremely powerful force. I was sailing in rough waters on a 50' sailboat when a 4-year old went overboard! The mother immediately jumped and got to him; both were wearing jackets. The rest of us in the boat were able to turn and rescue them. It was an ordeal. It is fun to be in the bow and hang on with the waves, bending knees as if skiing, but seriously not as funny as you make it out to be. Have you had a "man overboard drill"? Are you prepared to immediately throw a life preserver, turn around and pick up, while heading in to the wind as you approach the person(s) in the water? Long time boater!
ghawk - I think that the boating world should have tighter regulations. Seriously. We do have life jackets and I do have an MOB button on my console - I have no idea how to use it. I know very little about this boat and it is a 46'yacht. I've taken it out three times this year and can park it really well in a tight slot (no bow thrusters) and I know how to call for help.
We normally don't go far out into the open ocean. Oh also I know how to chart a course.
Dockside, you should go thru procedures with guests, before leaving.
MOB on console does what? Automatically throw out a life jacket and kill engines? Or merely, sound an alarm on the boat for all to hear?
You should plan a drill, like a fire drill in schools! Unannounced, you could throw a colored cushion overboard, press the button or whatever. Tell someone they MUST keep their eyes on the "simulated person"; if the seas are rolling good, it's so easy for person at controls to loose sight of the MOB! Stop the boat, turn it around. Approach the subject slowly from downwind; you will be heading in to the wind, which keeps your relative speed slow. Use your boat hook from whatever area on the boat to hook on to the cushion in water. Can you pull a person up?
YOU MUST BE AWARE AND PRACTICE - EVEN WITH ONLY THE TWO OF YOU ABOARD. ANY GUESTS SHOULD BE INFORMED WHAT TO BE AWARE OF AND WHAT TO DO. Regardless of how far out, away from your marina dock, you are.
Coast Guard Auxiliary and other organizations often conduct boater safety courses. There are self study books! I grew up on the east coast, and once sailed in the 50' sailboat 10 days at sea from just south of Cape Hatterus to the Virgin Islands; here in New Hampshire, all boat operators are now required to have a state certificate, for use on the inland waters. Unfortunately, it's classroom and exam, and no "on the water" or on board work.
Believe me, I have been in the bow getting waves over me, and it's so much fun. I even used a Nikonos to record in film days!
Yeah having life jackets in the cabinets and having a MOB button really is safety conscious Gary. If one of those waves would have knocked Jason or Melissa overboard, you wouldn't have been laughing hysterically .. And the boy in the background didn't seem to be having too much fun watching daddy, It probably would have been a good idea to have him in a life vest just to instill in the young son that "even daddy's need to be safe"
Sorry to dwell on MOB. What exactly does that button do??? Assuming you saw someone fall over, where do you need to go to get a flotation device to throw after that loved one? Storage under a seat that has people sitting on? By then, because of the boat speed, you will not be able to throw it even near the person! And it's likely that you will have lost site of that person! Where is that throw device? You are on the bridge, and it's down in the stern area! Time yourself, and with your "charting a course" ability, calculate the distance your yacht would have traveled. Melissa, WOW is mild adjective, in this case.
My thoughts were with you, as I was rolling over in half-sleep condition.
One good way to minimize motion sickness is to watch the horizon; do not look at the things on the boat that move; keep active. Take a position midships, like being on a swing in playground the middle of swing does not move much.
Seriously Gary, massive waves? The deck didn't even get wet... to all the folks that have never been on the ocean this could look scary. The MOB button (at least on my vessel ) instantly records the GPS coordinate and marks the same on my plotter. if some one were to fall over board the drill is to cut power, pitch the throw device, circle back and relay the position if needed. (That two foot white or orange ring with SS Kelowna printed on it and hanging conspiculously on each side would be the rescue throw device.) A tiny slice of Ginger root will solve that motion sickness and clean up breath from the technicolor yawn anamoly. I have been boating in the Santa Barbara Channel and Avila area for the last twenty something years with boats from 5 (inflatables) to 49 feet, my present boat is 21 ft cuddy, great for scooting out to the islands. Last sunday we tailed a pod of orcas for about an hour, while they applied natures little managment tool to the local harbour seal population. I really think you should go to Majic Mountain and check out X2, its like, did that just happen????? Do it Again!!. http://www.sixflags.com/magicMountain/rides/X2.aspx check it out, the chairs rotate on a 360 roll axis,kinda kooky huh?
ok, I am no expert on boats, but I assume you mean the front part where we were standing is the deck and I assure you it got wet. That little window on the floor, we kind of forgot to close it so our bed was soaking wet after the ride out there. Jason and I were COMPLETLY wet and I had to go change into another pair of jeans... poor guy didn't have anything to change into. I guess this video doesn't show the entire ride.
No the waves weren't like a hurrican, but they were pretty darn fun!
ghawki- thanks for the tips and lecture and I am sure you know exactly what you are talking about. We will look more into a MOB plan. but seriously dude, you need to chill. It was a 6 minute ride on the waves and it was fun. We were fine. The kids were fine... their mom was sitting with them on the couch the entire time and after the ride was over, they didn't even think twice about it.
If I would have fallen off... I would have started with the basics... you know swimming! Would have sucked, but I am an adult and so is Jason and we chose to be out there knowing the risks.
So thanks for the tips and advice, we will look more into a "plan"... but seriously, calm down dude! we hear ya!
Is this thread suppose to be "Who is the expert on boating?" ... I am a bit confused. It was just a fun clip of our nice day on the water. lighten up folks! Is it PMS time for everyone around here or what? Seriously!
It was our 3rd time out on the water this year, don't get to do it often and we don't go out for very long... maybe 1 hour max each time and 30 minutes of that is puttin' around the harbor... so the people bitching about the gas that the boat uses... pretty sure your cars use more in one month than we use on the boat in an entire year or more! Speaking of the bitching about gas .... the SUV's we drive... I would say I fill my gas tank up about once every 2 months in Canada and about once every 3 months in LA. In Seattle, maybe once every 6-8 months. SOO maybe you should redirect the bitching on the gas we use in our cars. If there is anything to bitch about, you could start with the flights we take. Then again, those flights are taking off with or without us... so you would need to bitch about the other several hundred people on the flight. :)