Originally Posted by El quapo
Sooo, you see jetboats and the first thing that comes to your mind is good thing I got my trusty p14 firearm at my side?
That's some pansy shit. I cant stand people who look for any excuse they can to flash their piece. Man up.
And if a jetboat is using other boats as a "slalom course"...ya think maybe they're actually just avoiding them and maybe the wave is just an unintended result of their motors? Now like ZG says, a train of rafts on Browns or something like that-that might ruin my day.
So let me see if I have this right - When a boatload of drunken morons decides to "have some fun" by intentionally creating hazardous conditions for other boaters I should just wave and smile? Bear in mind, the river in question is 500 yards wide, with plenty of room to pass safely without slowing, and the jetboat in question chose to pass at full throttle not 10' from a dory with 4 people on board drifting, then turn around and do it twice more, each time causing a wave tall enough to break over the gunwale of the dory, all the while hooting and laughing. For the record, the P-14 was never "flashed", or for that matter ever removed from the holster, it didn't need to be. When I stood up as they prepared to make another pass, they no doubt saw the piece in it's holster and decided another go round might not be such a great idea.
Which brings me to my question: What would you do in that scenario? You're drifting down a river, minding your own business and someone in a jetboat comes along and decides to have a little "fun" with you by intentionally trying to swamp or capsize your boat. Keep in mind you're smack dab in the center of a 500 yd wide river and the water is a refreshing 37 degrees. These guys are showing no signs of stopping and you happen to have a P-14 for bear protection at hand. Would you do as I did and let them see you're armed, without brandishing the weapon, or would you take it laying down, allow them to continue and hope you and your passengers can make the 250 yd swim before hypothermia sets in?
As much as I enjoy a nice refreshing swim, I chose the first option, and the swim was avoided. I did also take the added precaution of informing the Alaska State Troopers of what had transpired and they assured me I'd acted properly, and that they'd be having a little chat with the boat's owner.
Now, I understand that stories like this are rare, and that I could probably float rivers where jetboats play without ever having another run in like this. The point I'm getting at is that there's a place for everything, and that on most rivers, there's simply no place for jetboats without causing problems and conflict with other river users. Again, there's probably a host of reasons why jetboats are banned from 99% of rivers in the U.S. and I'll bet they've got some stories, like mine behind em.
If you think they're great, just spend some time on one of the rivers where they're legal.