Awesome boating event, tragic news

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by iBoat Skipper Doug, Sep 12, 2019 at 6:58 PM.

  1. iBoat Skipper Doug

    iBoat Skipper Doug Active Member

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    Aug 8, 2018
    Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
    2003 225 Weekender w/Bravo III drive
    2019 Venture trailer
    5.7 MPI Mercruiser w/Bravo III drive
    So, what has Doug been up to?


    A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure to volunteer as a drone videographer at a fund raising event on the water. As a droner and boater, what a great way to spend the day. I was one of two drone volunteers, plus I saw some random drones flying from time to time at this all day event.


    Good news, with all workers volunteers, this event raised $7,000 for the Old Glory Honor Flights. That’s enough money for 14 veterans to go to Washington DC on a flight.


    Warning, and the bad news. If you take time to watch this video, and you are a educated drone operator, you are going to see content that breaks current FAA rules. Thats not content I captured.


    So what’s with the warning? The other drone operator, a recent veteran and fellow boater who I choose to believe didn’t know the rules changed as he was deployed overseas, was tragically killed shortly after this event, ran over by a car with his motorcycle. He was a genuinely nice guy and newlywed who I spent the day with earlier at a gangster themed boat party.


    Two weeks ago, Annette and I were at our boat club meeting which travels each month and was being held at Fremont Wisconsin’s Pine Grove. It was at that meeting when we were told our fellow club member had died a few hours earlier that day. Rightly so, the event organizer dedicated this video to our lost friend.


    Out of respect for my fallen veteran friend, I request your comments on the legality of the drone video content be thoughtful given what occurred. Thank you.

     
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  2. Bridog

    Bridog Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Gulf Shores AL / Brick NJ
    2016 19SPX OB
    Mercury 150 4S OB
    About 35 seconds in it appears that drone was almost taken out by a beach ball. ;) Cool video, thanks for sharing.
     
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  3. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Ohh the amount of pee in that water :):)

    My two cents - the Generac generators (I'm making an assumption on brand :)) operating inches from open water present greater risk to the crowds of people here than the drone operating overhead.
     
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  4. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    What a great video of a huge crowd of boaters having fun with each other at a popular venue.

    Loved the video. Sad about Jacob. Thanks for sharing it.
     
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  5. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge (Sold)
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    Awesome footage. Very sad about Jacob....life is fleeting.
     
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  6. susanandlance

    susanandlance Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Feb 10, 2011
    Florida
    2007 Sea Ray 36 Sedan Bridge
    8.1 mercruisers
    Nobody gives a crap about your opinion on the generators!!! R.I.P. Jacob :( And thanks Doug for sharing the video, I enjoyed it and I'm sure Jason is smiling down on ya'll
     
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  7. fr8dog

    fr8dog Active Member

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    Florida
    Currently Boatless
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    300DA
    370EC
    Boatless
    Wow, that's a little extreme. I read Stee's post as saying that Jacob's video infraction was minor compared to the possible generator issues. No way was it meant to minimize his passing. I enjoyed the video as I am sure all did including Stee6043.
     
  8. susanandlance

    susanandlance Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Feb 10, 2011
    Florida
    2007 Sea Ray 36 Sedan Bridge
    8.1 mercruisers
    Puffft…….
     
  9. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Yowsers. Moving right along then....
     
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  10. JB MARSHALL

    JB MARSHALL Member

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    Aug 1, 2015
    Hudson Valley, NY
    2009-48 Sundancer
    Cummins QSC 8.3
    Very cool video looks like an awesome time was had by all. thanks for sharing
    RIP Jacob
     
  11. Joint Custody

    Joint Custody Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    Sep 20, 2017
    Lake Powell Utah
    2001 460 Sundancer
    Twin Cummins 6CTA8
    Great video and looks like a great event.

    I too thought that’s a lot of pee. Lol.

    Sorry to hear about the passing of a friend.
     

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