Phone Zombies

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  1. CaptRonn

    CaptRonn Well-Known Member

    May 25, 2016
    on a large body of water
    1999 Sea Ray 400 Sedan Bridge
    Convert fuel into noise
    We have a major problem on out roads with "phone zombies" trying to drive and stare at their phones. Recently while out boating I've started to notice they are migrating to boats now.

    This poses a real safety hazard as these phone zombies will shove the throttles up and then hold on to their life support device and stare into it intently while ignoring the world around them.

    Be careful and be vigilant.
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  2. Jeremygavin

    Jeremygavin Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Mar 6, 2012
    Cape Cod, MA
    2011 520 Sedan Bridge
    2016 Sea Ray 19 SPX OB
    2019 Walker Bay Generation 340
    Cummins QSM11s
    Mercury 150 Fourstroke
    Honda 40hp
    Agreed. A kid in a center console was coming out of our harbor while we where coming in between the break waters and proceeded to stare at his phone while coming straight at me. My horn woke him up with enough time to maneuver and miss me by about 6ft. His just looked at me like I was a jerk for blowing the horn at him.
  3. CaptRonn

    CaptRonn Well-Known Member

    May 25, 2016
    on a large body of water
    1999 Sea Ray 400 Sedan Bridge
    Convert fuel into noise
    Had a similar incident on the water. Difference was when the little punk in the center console passed me he held up his middle finger and yelled "F**k you a**hole!" and went on his merry way.

    Imagine just how inconsiderate I was to sound my horn in an attempt to avoid a collision, which made him have to look away from his phone. :rolleyes: o_O
  4. Soulshine

    Soulshine Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Sep 25, 2016
    Seneca Lake, NY
    '83 SRV 360 Express
    Twin Merc. 454
    Yesterday while approaching my outgoing harbor exit I had to wake a phone zombie out of his trance.

    It’s a busy spot with a public ramp and gas dock. Apparently while waiting to gas up his little Scarab he though being adrift in the canal was such a good idea that he ignored everything and everyone around him while he fiddled with the phone.

    I had to blast him to get his attention and as I looked down at him from the helm he looked up in disbelief that I sounded my horn.

    I almost asked if he’d prefer I just grind him into the bottom next time.
  5. northern

    northern Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    Anacortes Washington
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 Charts Timezero radar Furuno
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    On one trip north a very senior person in a 50+ boat said on long stretches he put on auto pilot and reads. He looks up every 7 pages. It was in an area the only thing he would hit was a cruise ship or log. Log was probably more likely. Lots of idiots out there. New portable car GPS systems will not allow you to edit them when the car is moving. Perhaps coming to cell phones some day. One large company I used to deal with had a policy; if you answered you phone while driving you were fired. They had a standard greeting for all. "I am away from my phone or driving. Please leave a message …."
  6. CNYBoater

    CNYBoater Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Aug 14, 2017
    1994 200 Overnighter, Single Axle Easy Load'r Galvanized Trailer, 2006 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
    Single 1994 Mercury Black Max V135 O/B
    I was out on the lake yesterday with my daughter and her girlfriend, they asked for an outing and amazingly offered to help with fuel. Number of kids and young adults (non-drivers) with heads bowed over devices was amazing. Not enjoying the experience at all.

    To be fair, I am often glancing down at my phone in the dash cradle around the public docks quite often, but its to check the approach and depths on Navionics since I do not have a plotter. Quite a few sunken piers, rock formations and general shallows in that area.
  7. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport
    2008 Monaco Cayman 35' Class A Diesel Pusher
    40hp 2-Stroke Evinrude
    350hp Cummins diesel
    I haven't had a problem on the water yet and I doubt it's due to boaters in our area being smarter....because they aren't.

    I do see that all the time with drivers and it pisses me off. When I'm driving and get a call I look at the phone for a moment to see if it's from someone important. If not, I let it go to voicemail. If it is, I answer it, put it on speaker phone and ask them to hold on while I puill over. I get enough calls from doctors and other assorted medical people that I usually take them.
  8. JimT

    JimT Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jul 7, 2009
    Charlotte, NC- LKN
    2010 330 Sundancer
    T-350mags w/BIIIs & Axius, 5.0 kw Kohler
    Since the Rona I have been riding my bike every day along greenway park trails. Nearly had a head on collision with a dickhead coming the other way staring down at his phone while peddling. When we got 25 ft away I yelled at him to watch out. He looked up like he didn’t know where he was was or cared less. I moved off the trail into to grass to avoid him.

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