Sunday, 17 August 2014

Driving a boat

Put a group of 6 people on a narrow boat and you can be sure they will choose the most inept, incompetent among them to drive boat. Fecking up a 90 deg turn is excusable but making it into a 360 and trying to park in the car park is just not acceptable.


Andrew said...

Need to know more - photos if poss.

Maffi said...

No pics sorry

A Heron's View said...

Surely the nautical terminology is: taking the helm/steering or taking the con.
Or don't you inland sailors use such terms ?

Maffi said...

You are correct sir, but we use a variety of terms. We are not sailors so the nautical norms are not really relevant on a muddy ditch.

However in the case I am stating even if we did use the correct nautical terms these morons could never in a million years be described as helmsmen and steering is a long way from the act they are performing.

Yes we all have to start somewhere but I find it difficult to believe that these people even bothered to listen when they picked up the boat.

I once said to a new 'boater', who was making a right hash of it, that he really would benefit from going on a RYA course. He said 'Yes my wife is going on one next week'. To which I returned 'No YOU need to go on a course'. He didn't understand!

Wozie nb Oakfield said...

Our experience of hire boaters is that the more there are of them aboard the less they concentrate solely on steering the boat.
They will probably be armed with alcoholic drinks and most of them will be around the steerer chatting. Either that, or, on the roof so the steerer can't see where he is going.
I think hire companies should make one responsible person to take charge of the boat and crew before they set out.