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This happened to me a few years ago. But I will always remember it. I was paddling my kayak on a local inlet called Hundred Acre Cove about 8AM in the morning. For the first hour I had the place to myself. This was the plan since it was a new kayak for me and I was getting used to it.

Then I noticed more and more boat traffic appearing (This does tend to be a popular spot.). Amongst them was one particular Jet ski. It was a young (20 something) male driving it and he saw me and thought he'd have some fun. So he buzzed me. Getting real close and crossing in front and back of me. I wasn't happy with the circumstances but it was great practice just trying to avoid him. Well, he got tired of the "FUN" and decided to head in.

As he drove toward shore and a boat ramp, I noticed a pickup truck with a small trailer waiting in the water. He decided to impress his girl friend (standing next to the truck) by driving right up on the trailer. So he gunned the motor…. First rule of putting any boat on a trailer is GO SLOW. He got on the trailer all right… but he had so much momentum he crashed the bow of the craft into the trailer post and the front of the Jet Ski exploded in pieces.. He, fortunately, wasn't hurt but sat there cursing and screaming.

Well, normally, I'm not the kind that gets pleasure from others miss fortunes. But this time I couldn't help myself from paddling up close and politely wishing him a Good Morning and a Nice Day. I really can't repeat his response but I don't think it was too friendly. Now his girl friend apparently DID see the humor in it and smiled at me as I paddled away. This is a true story. I couldn't make up something this good.

Submitted by: Mike Martin - Riverside, RI

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