I've just come to the conclusion that most people are Dik's.
Rarely, you find exceptions to the rule - Those you call acquaintances, possibly even friends.
Interesting thread. I am like several others, I wave at people constantly if I am not running real fast(safety first with a lanyard and life jacket), I ALWAYS stop to help other boaters whenever I see one in trouble and most of the time I keep the exhaust muffled around the docks. It only takes a few with a grudge to start some idiotic legislation and that is where the problem is. Yes there are problem performance boaters just like there is also problem blow boaters, house boaters and cruiser boaters.
As someone pointed out, there are rude jerks everywhere, but ...
Our stuff stands out. It's big. It's loud. It's flashy. To a lot of folks, those qualities are obnoxious. Because of that, there is a general assumption that we are obnoxious, too.
Unfair as that assumption may be, we need to be BETTER than the average boater. Nicer. More polite. Better drivers. More willing to talk about our hardware on the dock when all we really want to do is have lunch.
Look, I don't think there's some great liberal conspiracy to ban our stuff, but we are low on the fossil-fueled toy food chain. Some of that is just public ignorance, some of it we've brought on ourselves. If we behave poorly ... no, if we're not on our best behavior at all times ... we're done. It might not be right, but that's the way it is.
The good news is you, as an individual, can help change perception every time you're on the water.
Last edited by 100-Plus; 04-06-2008 at 10:37 AM.
Great thread BTW.
I know I wave at everybody, but then most people wouldn't consider my boat a performance model.
I'll probably take some heat for this, and it's not directed at anyone personally, but in the 8 years I have been going to LOTO I would have to say that 90% of the people in Cig's look through me like I'm not even there when I wave at them.
Last edited by Frequency; 04-06-2008 at 12:30 PM.
I have been a performance boater for 25 years, but I have found over the years that the type of boat is not a direct correlation of the type of person you are... There are Azzholes in all types of boats and more of them are on jet skis...
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