What do perfect paint jobs, sunsets, and other people's boat accidents have in common?
They are all impossible to pass by without a second glance.
A recent post on boats.com, Seamanship Disasters: 3 Stupid Ways to Sink Your Boat, received a boatload of views this past week. Which makes me wonder: Why are we all so interested in other people's bad behavior?
I like to think it's because we are learning from the mistakes of others, which is definitely the point of the post. As Lenny Rudow put it, "We need to look for cases that show us of what not to do, and then not do it. "
But there's more to it than that.
Just as we slow down on the highway as we pass a car accident, we click on stories that promise photos (or better yet, video) of boat disasters. And while we might be learning safer behavior along the way, the real thrill is the voyeuristic relief: "So glad that wasn't me."
Here are a few Manic Monday videos that prove this:
- Manic Mondays: Police Boat To The Rescue? Not This Time.
- Manic Monday Videos: 10 Crazy Powerboat Crashes
- Manic Mondays: Jet Sprint Boat Crashes into Spectators
Crash-gawking is a natural human instinct, impossible to resist... and not fattening or otherwise harmful, especially if we learn from the experience. So while you're here, check out some of our other "don't do it" feature stories:
- The Top 10 Mistakes Power Boaters Make: Don’t Do This!
- Boat Buyers Beware: 10 Hidden Problems to Look For in Used Boats
And we'll keep showing you what not to do on boats, as long as you keep clicking on our stories. Deal?
PS, let us know if there's a particular disaster you want to hear more about.