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Old 04-02-2009, 09:57 AM
Bob Reynolds Bob Reynolds is offline
 
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Ted, you are right that it would increase interest, but from a boatman's point of view, it would be a nightmare. Pleasure boats are every pilot's nightmare, and when you factor in alcohol in varying levels and general lack of knowledge of seamanship, it would be a recipe for disaster. Admonitions to stay in a certain area would no doubt go unheeded. The real problem would be when it came time to turn the big boats around -- when they have to start that maneuver, the pleasure boats would not be aware of what was taking place and what needed to take place, and any "race" aspect would be lost at that time.

Sorry to throw cold water on your idea. While it would be fun for those with some common sense, it would take only one yahoo to do something stupid, get someone hurt or drowned, and the whole thing would turn into a fiasco.
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