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This may sound a little morbid but I think it would be good to see a thread that basically listed boating accidents. Mostly so we can try learn from others mistakes and to remind us it could happen to us. This would not be a discussion of the accident but just quick idea of what it is and what were some of the factors.
 

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may 25 2008
lake st. clair boating accident
3 people were killed last night in a 38 powerquest that hit a barge in anchor bay
 

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Seems like most I have heard of in the past few years have happened after dark and were collisions where driver, just didn't know a stationary object was there. Very similar to the Lake St. Clair incident. Hardy Dam had one here a few years ago. Alot of our channels, piers on Lake MI. Other than that the only major that I recall quickly was Smoke on the Water a few years back. High speed turn/hook. Don't hear of that very often in this area. Tragedy was bad enough. Way too sad that it took down the run with it :(
 

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There as has been at least a couple of collisions every year on St Clair I have been on the lake the last 6 years in my off shores and I occaisonally ran my Hydrostreams out there 9 years before and the accidents have been constant.

My first offshore, the 25 Aggressor, new owner took it through the rocks at Seaway, at night.

Last year a guy smoked a channel marker with an older offshore and sunk it. at night

The year before Tyler Daugherty from L'Anse Creuse Middle school died riding in the cuddy cabin of his Dad's boat when a drunk driver hit them head on. at night after the raft party.
 

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There usually seems to be two common themes, boating at night, BWI, or a combination of the two, which isn't much short of suicide, or homicide imho.
 

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I refuse to boat on big water at night. In fact I typically will only boat at night on a select couple of small lakes nearby. And I never get on plain at night.
 

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Super24 said:
Yup! I don't boat at night anymore.
Anytime you find me in a boat at night, there is no danger of me running into anything. If I'm out after dark, I'm broke down.
 

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I was hoping to use this thread as a reminder. Most of use know what not to do. But accidents still happen to the best of us. We will hear stories of no lanyard no pfd, running aground in unknown waters.

Maybe this thread is not need but in my old age safety has been getting more important. I'm not going to slow down just go fast safer.

I also agree with cuda if I'm out at night I'm not moving very fast unless there is a high wind.
 

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I agree with Super24 , I just don't boat at night. To much can happen during the day. Boating at night is a totally different animal.
 

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I've been boating for 35+ years, and I can tell you that boating at night is an entirely different animal, even in waters you are intimate with.
 

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http://www.lakesunleader.com/articles/2008/05/19/news/01.txt

Just got back to town so I'm not sure if there were any accidents this weekend. The link above is to a story that recently happened. I have heard several versions of what actually happened and this short article makes little sense. The basics were that a small child fell out of a boat and his grandfather dove in after him. He was able to save the child but not himself.

These stories are always a somber reminder of how quickly a great day with friends and family can become tradgic when people are careless. I hope we don't have any more of these to post this year......

We just lowered our BAC for all missouri waterways. Doubt it will make much of a difference but I sure hope it does.
 

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WOW is that sad sounding. Just like everyone is saying. NEVER TOO CAREFUL! Hope everyone can enjoy a nice SAFE summer
 

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Black Wishbone said:
I was hoping to use this thread as a reminder. Most of use know what not to do. But accidents still happen to the best of us. We will hear stories of no lanyard no pfd, running aground in unknown waters.

Maybe this thread is not need but in my old age safety has been getting more important. I'm not going to slow down just go fast safer.

I also agree with cuda if I'm out at night I'm not moving very fast unless there is a high wind.
I think you are wrong, I think that YOU know what not to do. I get the impression that YOU are a safe boater. But I can't say that I feel the same way for everyone else.

On plane at night, stupid.
No lanyard, Stupid.
No life jacket, stupid.

It seems pretty simple to me, but it certainly never ceases to amaze me at the number of flat out trashed people not wearing their pfd's or lanyards bombing around the lake.

I'm not talking about the guy who has a few pops at the bar, I am talking about the completely trashed group that shouldnt be walking let alone boating.

Meh, the best you can do is to protect yourself from everyone else.....
 

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Some things that I think increase your chance of having an accident:

Running above minimum planing speed at night.

Not paying 100% attention to your driving.

Not driving defensively to avoid the jet skis and inexperienced boaters who may cut across your path.

Driving while intoxicated.

Turning too fast. If you are not in a santioned race, slow down for the turns.

If conditions dictate then get everyone into a life jacket and instruct them to hold on. No arms in the air, this is not a roller coaster ride and you are not strapped in. Children and poor swimmers should always wear a life vest and it's the captain's duty to see that they do.

All JMO.
 

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I always try to boat safe and everyday I try even harder and I have been boating all my life (36 years)
I wear my lanyard
I wear and make my passengers wear PFD
I do not drive at night and if I have to it would be slow.
I do not drink alcohol but drink lots of water. (the sun is bad enough for me I don't need to be tipsy or dehydrated)
I do not turn I have all the water I can in front of me. Ok well I do have to pull into port.
I even limit the drinks my passengers have. I do not need someone that is can put the rest of us in danger. (I'm not saying they can't drink the just can't get plastered.)

I do not expect people to boat like I do. Thats why I stay away from all other boats.

Steve
 

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Black Wishbone said:
I always try to boat safe and everyday I try even harder and I have been boating all my life (36 years)
I wear my lanyard
I wear and make my passengers wear PFD
I do not drive at night and if I have to it would be slow.
I do not drink alcohol but drink lots of water. (the sun is bad enough for me I don't need to be tipsy or dehydrated)
I do not turn I have all the water I can in front of me. Ok well I do have to pull into port.
I even limit the drinks my passengers have. I do not need someone that is can put the rest of us in danger. (I'm not saying they can't drink the just can't get plastered.)

I do not expect people to boat like I do. Thats why I stay away from all other boats.

Steve
I wish all others felt like you do.
 
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