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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Foredeck / Bow riding

    Quote Originally Posted by Bouba View Post
    Can I be controversial for the moment
    Say you are on the foredeck, and the boat hits a bow wave and you are tossed into the sea. You are young and you have the presence of mind to realize that a propeller is coming you way. You dive deep. Then your life jacket pops you back to the surface in time for the prop to slice your legs off
    Did I just make all that up, or is it a possible scenario?
    It's always a worry. On my boat there are grab rails all down the bedding area. You can see one in the photo. The kids are tethered to it by strop so would not even reach the guard rails should they fall out the loungers.

  2. #12
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    Default Re: Foredeck / Bow riding

    I allow it at displacement speed and if the water is flat flat upto about 15 kts.

    In Mallorca you see people literally bouncing on the sun cusions which is daft

  3. #13
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    Default Re: Foredeck / Bow riding

    Quote Originally Posted by jrudge View Post
    You have no rails !
    Clever boy

    I think you would get blown off or loose your grip anyhow , rails or no rails .Its a bit like grand parents with a garden pond = under 2 y ends up face down .Or a fighting dog breed + toddler , read the news papers are full of tragedies.
    There’s an inevitability.
    We all sit IN the boat the cockpit/ rear sunpad is huge .

    Of course folks are free to manage there own risk and do .

  4. #14
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    Default Re: Foredeck / Bow riding

    There is managing risk and then there is scared of living. Personally I think many water toys pose a far greater risk but the perception of risk gets placed into silos. So we tend to be ultra cautious on a boat as opposed to a more relaxed approach to water toy. I seriously don't consider having my kids tethered to the deck at displacement speeds any riskier and far less so than getting them on the foredeck in the first place and that even less than allowing them to swim and play on water toys.
    Of course honing about in choppy or busy waters, balls to the wall is a completely different matter.

  5. #15
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    Default Re: Foredeck / Bow riding

    Only at slow speeds, in calm(ish) waters.

    Frightening here to see kids with no life jackets bouncing about on the nose of a small rib that’s on the plane and with very little to hold onto. Potential consequences just don’t bear thinking about....

  6. #16
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    Default Re: Foredeck / Bow riding

    Slow and calm



    Virtual glass of rose for 'where am I'

  7. #17
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    Default Re: Foredeck / Bow riding

    Quote Originally Posted by Bouba View Post
    Can I be controversial for the moment
    Say you are on the foredeck, and the boat hits a bow wave and you are tossed into the sea. You are young and you have the presence of mind to realize that a propeller is coming you way. You dive deep. Then your life jacket pops you back to the surface in time for the prop to slice your legs off
    Did I just make all that up, or is it a possible scenario?
    Don't think you'd have time for that Bouba.

    There are cases of kids sitting on the point end and dangling their legs down, falling off and going under the boat to be shredded by the props. I think that if you fell off the front of a 34ft planing boat you'd get pushed aside rather than being sucked under.

  8. #18
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    Default Re: Foredeck / Bow riding

    Quote Originally Posted by markc View Post
    Slow and calm



    Virtual glass of rose for 'where am I'
    La Napoule.

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    Default Re: Foredeck / Bow riding

    Quote Originally Posted by Sailorsam101 View Post
    If they are sat down with a life-jacket on and holding on i think it's OK
    We rarely bother with life-jackets, only wearing them for passage making when the conditions are less than ideal and there are few boats about. We do have them out and ready for deployment at all times though.

  10. #20
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    Default Re: Foredeck / Bow riding

    Quote Originally Posted by Portofino View Post
    La Napoule.
    I was going to say "except Porto" but that would have given it away too!

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