Why don't you like Mobo's?

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Ever since getting my first boat, it has always amazed me how much animosity there is between sail boat owners and motorboat owners.

Why is this?

Don't want to start a row, just interested.
 
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Don't have problem myself, only ones that pi** me off are the few who make no attempt to keep their wash down, but there are an equal number of raggies with no thought for others as well! ;)
 

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I have no problem with mobo's. There are plenty of considerate mobo owners plenty of inconsiderate sailing boat owners. I think that some of the 'animosity' is just somewhat good natured sparring.

Wouldn't want a mobo myself though. ;)
 

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No prolems at all with motorboats, but there do seem to be more plonker owners of motorboats than sailing boats, so one is a trifle wary when they are near you.
 

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I have no problem with mobo's. There are plenty of considerate mobo owners plenty of inconsiderate sailing boat owners. I think that some of the 'animosity' is just somewhat good natured sparring.

On East Coast Forum we get along fine together and have even been known to try out each others preferred way of getting onto the water.

I quite like it (in short doses) but wouldn't want the cost!
 

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I don't have a problem with mobo owners generally except the ones that kick up a big wash in a nice quiet achorage or marina and then smile and wave at you as you're hanging on for dear life and trying not to spill your drink everywhere. :mad:

However, most jet skis and ski boats seem to be driven by people who either don't know better or don't care and they really pi** me off. I have only seen one considerate jet ski driver who went through the moorings in Dale at about 5 knots....maybe there's hope!
 

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No issue here.... but I do like the banter.

I am genuinely impressed with the level of equipment, and luxury onboard some of the “ Power Squad”. And I have no issue with any MoBo owner, but as already stated… I / we only take issue with the inconsiderate amongst us, which is on both sides of the fence.

Just be aware of the "Don Johnson" rating system......:D :D :D
 

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I also love the big live-aboard type mobos (not really interested in the speedboat sort without berths) and am happy to wander around a marina to look at both them and the sailboats. If I were really rich, would happily have one of each!

However, as I hope visit the Caribbean again one day in my own boat rather than a charter boat, that rather rules out mobos.

Richard
 

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Who me?

Nah, you enjoy your illuminated signs, TV's, underwater lights, generators, etc etc, I prefer sailing.

Maybe when I am too old to manage the ropes & sails, maybe then I will get a displacement MoBo. In the meantime I will happily wave, socialise & share funboxes with mates on both sides of the boaty divide.
 

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No problems. I've had both.
Don't like sports boats using yachts as roundabouts.

Yes, that can be annoying, what they do is sooo boring that they zoom off to "look at that yacht". :rolleyes: Waterskiing/ wakeboarding/ doughnutting thro the moorings is annoying too.

But at least they don't "tack for no reason!" :D Like Mobos seem to think yachts do. :rolleyes:
 

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I don't think there is any genuine animosity against Mobos by Raggies. I think the contrast of skills is what causes exchanges of animated banter. The Mobos do not grasp why it is us Raggies do the unexpected gyrations we seem to enact and we Raggies do not appreciate the noise and wash inconsiderate Mobos create. The real nuisance is jet skis in the hands of irresponsible adolescents unaware of the dangers they create to swimmers and divers when zooming about in shallow water, near beaches and inside busy harbours.
 

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I'd agree there. Whilst Windermere still has speeding boats, (The speed limit policing is not very pro-active) the huge improvement is the lack of jetskis. There is a lot more canoeing and swimming in the lake now and you have to keep an eye out, which at 40mph on a jetski, with your eyeballs bouncing up and down, is not possible, even if the pilots were bothered.
 

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I think there is an underlying difference in attitude to boats. I sat in Lymington in a raft on the Town Quay the other week watching both arrive.

Raggies come alongside, tie up, sort ropes and sails and generally tend the boat before settling in the cockpit with a drink or food and perhaps even having a chat with the boat alongside. Apart from charter boats there is not usually more than 4 people on board and it is regarded as an extension of home - indeed we have been known refer to our boat as a mobile beach hut.

Motorboats come alongside, various people seem to try and attach some rope somewhere to the boat that they have arrived next to. Once someone vaguely in the bow and someone vaguely aft of them has achieved this the boat is considered "parked". There is seldom less than 6 people onboard and often up to 12 who then troop ashore not to be seen for some hours. The boat is in the same category as the car - even when staying overnight on board.

RIBs are my favourite, they mill around if they can't see the pontoon as if they haven't been invited to the party and wonder what to do next. They always seem surprised when I invite them alongside and welcome them to cross my boat - for the selfish reason that there are generally only couples on board who will be gone by teatime and while their boat is there no one else will be tying up alongside and trooping back and forth. In the absence of a RIB I will try and welcome any boat alongside that only has a couple on board - be they Raggie or Mobo.

My response of course is tongue in cheek as I am equally friendly with reasonable people who own both motorboats and sailing boats, just as I have an aversion to arseholes with either.
 

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I've never quite recovered from popping out to spithead to witness the startof the last Whitbread. All was fine until the first of the racing yachts came through. Within seconds I was surrounded by a plethora of powerboats flying by at stupid speeds. As I clung to my cockpit, which was like being in the drum of a washing machine, several of the "skippers" hurled abuse at me for not getting out of their way. I don't think any of them had a clue about boats with a top speed of six knots.
 

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Crikey

A surprisingly consiliatory thread! Suns out and boats are out. Don't ask the question in February!!

Escargot, if we tie up I'm not allowed ashore until mrs e has showered, changed and generally sorted the boat and herself so not guilty!!

Happy sailing all :)
 

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One mobo we hated. He moored in the river and always motored through our fishing lines off the pier. Cost us some gear. Several £200 rods nearly took a dive. Enough was enough and we 'accidentally' cast out when he was passing. Six ounces of lead and a couple of hooks landing nearby along with a few bull’s eyes persuaded him to keep his distance eventually.
 

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the perfect way to get your own back on an inconsiderate neighbour - be they Mobo or Raggie, is to toss a few slices of bread onto their boat 1st thing in the morning (as they sleep off thier hangovers and you set off for a day on the water). The seagulls and their droppings do the rest... :)
 

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Ever since getting my first boat, it has always amazed me how much animosity there is between sail boat owners and motorboat owners.

Why is this?

Don't want to start a row, just interested.

Not encountered what you describe. Let's all just get on and enjoy the water. That's certainly our philosophy.
 
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