Take a look at Mr. Brown's article about riding on the bow. Hopefully, for most of my super-intelligent readers, this is all common sense. Don't dangle your stuff over the front or sides of a moving vessel. Even the venerable Mr. Mickey Mouse knows this ("Ladies and gentlemen, please keep your arms and legs inside the ride at all times."). My sister can even recite this in Spanish from time spent on the monorail. That's how important this phrase is - Disney translates it for the benefit of all.
However, this rant is not going to take the turn you might expect...I am not about to out my fellow boaters who consistently put their children's lives at peril by giving them a seemingly 'fun' time. Instead, my frustration goes out to the numerous 'responsible' manufacturers whose print advertising is just plain irrresponsible.
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Now, now - I am all for being a daredevil, and I am not by any means one of those do-gooders of the world who needs to right every wrong, and blow every whistle when I see something bad. However, I can also appreciate - through harrowing stories of those who have seen this tragedy firsthand - how dangerous riding on the bow of a boat can be.
People, listen, there are high-speed, sharp, spinning objects at play here. And don't think it can never happen to you - I have heard stories about people getting chopped up like Icelandic lamb at Whole Foods, and it's just seriously sad and preventable. There's no reason to ride on the bow of a boat - no reason at all!
So please, put other captains on the water at ease by abiding by Mr. Mouse's rules. No feeling in the world is worth the tragedy of going overboard.