Originally Posted by WillYates
...As I was approaching one got in the hole and did nothing but just stare at me. Having made plenty of eye contact...
That says it all right there. He could have waited, what, 30 seconds for you to get through? He actually went out in front of you, knowing you were coming. that's like running out in front of a semi, staring the driver down the whole time. Stupid. He's a dick. I wouldn't have even slowed down or moved from my line in the least. As a general rule, slowing down takes away your momentum for getting through the whole, changing your line could put yourself in a bad spot for a flip or something (depending on the hole, etc).
I've had other rafts pull out from an eddy right in front of me too. Could have waited the 30 seconds for me to go by first, but felt the need for us to go through Trestle on the Eagle side by side I guess. He was a paddle boat, I was in an oar rig. Took away my left oar as we were coming under the bridge. I should have placed the oar right in his chest for leverage... LOL
Also ran into a situation with a fishing boat on the Ark. They pull everything and catch every eddy they can to slow down to fish, I tend to push everything to maintain momentum to hit the holes and waves. Sometimes it's a bit tricky to time things such that you don't run into each other in the tight places when you aren't sure what the other boater is going to do next. You could eddy out and wait all day to have the river to yourself, sometimes you do need to be more vocal (hopefully in a respectful way) with others to make intentions clear. Didn't work with the fishermen, they just looked at me and rowed right into my line from the eddy... LOL I am sure they thought I was the dick, I'd argue they were. We both survived...