Why don't you like Mobo's?

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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... :)

That's clearly not called for.
 

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

You're lucky on the east coast. The "them and us" attitude does happen in the Solent, sadly. Both ways round. I enjoy the company of people who talk rubbish about boats, whatever the boat! Generally, even if I get a frosty response on arrival, talking about boats thaws them out :)
 

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Reminds when a small mobo asked if they could tie alongside in Bol as the place was full. Although the boat was only about 15 foot long it had two young Croatian couples on board. I've no idea where the berths are on such a small boat!

When they emerged a couple of hours later the girs were wearing such short skirts they needed assistance to step up onto our deck. Luckily I was there to help. (OK, OK really sad I know - but you had to be there!) And yes, they didn't put on their high heels until they were on the quay! ;)

Note to self: for a quiet night away from the all-night discos, Bol is not the place to go!

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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?

In my case it's sheer snobbery, borne of despair that people could spend so much money on such ugly, vulgar, tacky things. Oval portholes, droopy plastic noses and those sad interiors which betray a belief in Travelodge Ltd as the last word in interior design chic.

Yup, sheer snobbery.
 

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I belong to a yacht and motor boat club, never noticed the slightest animosity, in fact a MB has accompanied a (mainly) yacht cruise. It's a friendly club with no Ya ya's, we're too far East for that.
 

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In my case it's sheer snobbery, borne of despair that people could spend so much money on such ugly, vulgar, tacky things. Oval portholes, droopy plastic noses and those sad interiors which betray a belief in Travelodge Ltd as the last word in interior design chic.

Yup, sheer snobbery.

Snobbery or the public face of jealousy ? ;)
 

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For me, the greatest pleasure of being afloat is the moment the engine goes off and the sails fill. Motorboats simply can't do that, which, to my eyes, makes them without interest or value, regardless of how flashy or expensive they may look. I don't hate them, just try to ignore them as much as possible.
 

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Snobbery or the public face of jealousy ? ;)

Snobbery. It's not the cash, it's the tasteless way in which its spent. I have no problems with people who have lots of money and use it to buy nice motorboats, like Grand Banks Trawlers - but these horrible things with patio doors and more blue canvas than a conservative party camping trip are just, well, Essex, really.
 

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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.


Fundamentally, perhaps, foreigners are disliked because they are not like us.
I suspect motorboaters of hacking little bits out of my pastime for their passing amusement. Turning harbours into expensive, amenity driven car parks with Waitrose ready to hand.
I think they have never read Slocum or looked up at the stars in an empty anchorage. I don't think they are dreamers. I worry that their boating is merely a good fit between the Skiing and three weeks in Barbados. The emphasis on new, better and faster concerns me, I find it difficult to see a motorboat washed like a car. I am troubled by the emphasis on speed, on being at sea for the least possible amount of time between stops. I am baffled by the little table lamp that always glows, the essential freezer and the twin 500hp engines that have to be run without end. It affects me that the boat seems to be just another object of desire and the activity itself is of little account.
I find I am oddly concerned that a cruise has become a fast hack between marina stops "good meals" and "clean showers". As a kid I thought it was so much more.

But most of all, I don't like the wash.
 

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I am fortunate that most of my boating is in a beautiful and very empty part of the Highlands an Islands area of Scotland.

Never have I been shown anything other than kindness and courtesy by any other boaters in all the years that I have been going there.

It could be due to the fact that it is such an empty area....if you crowd too many of any species together you tend to get hostility.

It could be that although I am a complete "petrolhead" wih no interest in sail, I always try my utmost not to inconvenience or discomfort any other water users.

Long may we share amicabley.

mikej
 

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I belong to a yacht and motor boat club, never noticed the slightest animosity, in fact a MB has accompanied a (mainly) yacht cruise. It's a friendly club with no Ya ya's, we're too far East for that.

I belong to what many would think is a snobby specialist ensign organisation but it isn't - yes there are a few with posh accents but there are many ordinary boaters - power and sail. On last year's rally the Princess 45 gave me a daily change of frozen ice packs so for once on my 27footer I had cold milk on my cereal every day for 2 weeks!!
 

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Most of the animosity against mobos is about inconsiderate wash. The question is - how many times do you have your drinks spilled or get thrown against a hard object before you develop an animosity towards everything without sails. The more crowded the waters the sooner that is going to happen.
 

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Fundamentally, perhaps, foreigners are disliked because they are not like us.
I suspect motorboaters of hacking little bits out of my pastime for their passing amusement. Turning harbours into expensive, amenity driven car parks with Waitrose ready to hand.
I think they have never read Slocum or looked up at the stars in an empty anchorage. I don't think they are dreamers. I worry that their boating is merely a good fit between the Skiing and three weeks in Barbados. The emphasis on new, better and faster concerns me, I find it difficult to see a motorboat washed like a car. I am troubled by the emphasis on speed, on being at sea for the least possible amount of time between stops. I am baffled by the little table lamp that always glows, the essential freezer and the twin 500hp engines that have to be run without end. It affects me that the boat seems to be just another object of desire and the activity itself is of little account.
I find I am oddly concerned that a cruise has become a fast hack between marina stops "good meals" and "clean showers". As a kid I thought it was so much more.

But most of all, I don't like the wash.

I think You hit the nail on the head, I love the sailing and can watch the sea, the sails, and the sky for hours, whereas some of my MoBo friends wants me to turn the engine on as soon as we're below 5 knots. Likewise in an anchorage, they crave partying and loud music when we're watching the stars, while having a single beer or GT - They're still nice people, though :D
 

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gin palaces

uber hit it right

I like nice grand banks and (semi) displacement boats

We are all jelous they can afford to put four figures in each tank. They have serious money i would guess. Not a reason to hate them but their motivations are different.

Its the gin palaces that come out of big marinas and drive flat out round Bute for a Sunday jaunt and back to own berth i can't get.

They rock our moorings without care, knock the tea off the cooker if you don't grab it quick , and send my kids scurrying below to hang on to something solid.

It was blowing 6-7 at my mooring yesterday and the biggest waves all day were still caused by the speeding Mobos!

Its completely different - Its like taking the Ferrari out for a spin I guess.
 

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Fundamentally, perhaps, foreigners are disliked because they are not like us.
I suspect motorboaters of hacking little bits out of my pastime for their passing amusement. Turning harbours into expensive, amenity driven car parks with Waitrose ready to hand.
I think they have never read Slocum or looked up at the stars in an empty anchorage. I don't think they are dreamers. I worry that their boating is merely a good fit between the Skiing and three weeks in Barbados. The emphasis on new, better and faster concerns me, I find it difficult to see a motorboat washed like a car. I am troubled by the emphasis on speed, on being at sea for the least possible amount of time between stops. I am baffled by the little table lamp that always glows, the essential freezer and the twin 500hp engines that have to be run without end. It affects me that the boat seems to be just another object of desire and the activity itself is of little account.
I find I am oddly concerned that a cruise has become a fast hack between marina stops "good meals" and "clean showers". As a kid I thought it was so much more.

But most of all, I don't like the wash.

so you dislike them out of ignorance of their intent......

yes there are some mobos as you describe just as there are some racing yachts who's emphasis is on speed. There are many saily boat people too who go skiing and to barbados. And if that's what they like doing as a hobby then good for them.

Wash can be an issue, usually at it's worst when the less well informed slow down for slower craft. Ships are worse though, and all boats cause some inconvenience to others. Live and let live.....

My mobo was bought on ebay and is run at minimum cost. Id like sails, but my wife doesn't, and to me the hobby i enjoy is boating, so I have a mobo. Most sailors motor more than they sail anyway. Many do not of course, but most do.

I've anchored many times, but not read slocum. And because of that you dislike me. Without having ever met me.

Interesting........
 

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Stereotype, Stereotype, Stereotype, :D


I hate the Hun, but Fritz is different, he's just like me. (WW1 & 2)

Commies are dangerous, but Ivan's a nice guy. (1950's)

Muslim's hate Christians, but Mohammad at the cornershop's very helpfull. (now)

MoBo's (or Raggies) are all snobs, but the ones I know are OK.

Just get to know the guys, have a chat next time you are moored nearby & spread that good word. Many on here do this already and most people who go boating are lovely when you get to know them.

But beware, there are still some @rseholes wherever you go. :eek:
 

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I love sailing but have nothing against mobo's

I think it's a mind set thing...sailors have a different raison d'être to mobo owners.
Some can cross over from one to the other but usually have a natural affinity for one over the other. Personally I prefer the peacefulness of sailing over the noise of motor boating. The is also more of a challenge with sailing than motoring that I enjoy.
As for jet ski's and wet bikes they are usually piloted by the ignorant and unwary and are consequently dangerous and to be avoided at all costs. Fortunatley the inexperienced driver of this one survived. The boat he hit was, I believe, a write of . If he hit any other boat in the bay he would have drowned, trapped in the wreckage. Fortunately for him it was a glass bottomed boat and designed to be unsinkable. Therefore it stayed afloat and gave his rescuers time to extracate him from the wreckage.

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