Should we be taught how to use an out­board?

Yachting Monthly - - LETTERS LETTER OF THE MONTH - Bobby Jones

I had logged few miles since com­plet­ing my Day Skip­per when my fam­ily and I found our­selves at an­chor off the beau­ti­ful Ital­ian is­land of Ponza. Land beck­oned a hun­gry crew so my son and I made the ten­der fast to the stern of the yacht. We had used the out­board with­out in­ci­dent the pre­vi­ous day so, climb­ing into the dinghy, I was in con­fi­dent mood.

Kneel­ing low, I was passed the out­board and I be­gan to ma­noeu­vre it care­fully into place. Sud­denly un­bal­anced by the wake of a power­boat that had passed close by with­out re­gard, I fol­lowed the out­board, arms first, into the wa­ter.

Fiercely still cling­ing on, I ex­pected the in­evitable plunge to the sandy bot­tom but with sur­real sur­prise we both sur­faced. Life­guard style, I swam the soggy, drown­ing bulk back to the yacht where my son was able to mus­cle it aboard. Ashamed of my own in­com­pe­tence, I was left to rue the fact that as­pir­ing Day Skip­pers only have to prove they can row, not that they can com­pe­tently han­dle an out­board. Chris Bee­son replies: In­ter­est­ing point, one on which Ken En­dean ex­presses fairly strong views in his fea­ture on ten­der safety (p18)

Pretty much any­one can row a ten­der but out­boards can be demons. Should we be taught how to han­dle them?

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