Nowhere did I comment on fuel consuption (having just checked my last post) I merely stated that the newer machines are cleaner than the old ones.
In terms of the beauty spot comment no I wouldn't but then I actully treat others as i would like to be treated (old fashioned I know and maybe in this day and age a bit naive) and bear this in mind when I am out on the water.
As for the wildlife from what I have experienced (limited I know) it does not tend to disappear. I and other skiers at my local beach have seen seals swimming along so close to us you can see their whiskers (now that really is amazing).
Woofy - Thankyou for aknowledging that those of us who have posted here do recognise that there is a loutish element and that we do dislike it (lets face it, if we didn't care we wouldn't post). You say you would like to see if I can control a ski? I dont do stunts, have never done 70 mph and am happy to go slowly around sailing vessels to admire their beauty as well as being as unobtrusive as possible. Look at my user name. I am a wimp. I just like to be on the water, just as you do.
As you have said we are on a hiding to nothing here and while we all know that we will never see eye to eye I hope some of you have seen that some of us really do care. Thats all from me. enjoy the water, however you use it.