Bourbon powered V8
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Canberra, Australia.
Re: What is a safe speed? 40??
According to government and the ad campaigns on TV, there is no such thing as safe speeding. Now, how do you define speeding? In it's simplest form, you could say that speeding is going faster than nature intended. The quickest man on the planet runs 100m in 10 seconds. That's 600m per minute, or 36km/h. So 40km/h in a car IS speeding!
Now, back to point of this thread - i drive a boat and a car. Usually, there are a lot fewer boats on the water than there are cars on the road.
Our boat is not the quickest thing around (17 footer with 115 hp motor), but it's top speed is still around 39 knots ("only" around 75km/h). I can tell you, on the water, in a boat, 75km/h is fast. But, this speed can only be held for any period of time on calm water (such as a sheltered lake or river). Out in the open ocean, we are lucky to be able to do 25 knots comfortably, and if the seas are really big, 10 knots is probably approporiate. On the water, you also have waves and current working against you, so to maintain any forward momentum, you sometimes need to go a little quicker than at other times in the same patch of water. These variables are why there are no real speed limits on the water (apart from the fact that you would need really long poles to put them on. lol)
On the road, in a car, 75km/h is not so fast (in good conditions, etc). However, on a wet day through a 25km/h hairpin, 75 would be too fast.
Enough ranting, my point is that the conditions on the water are a lot different to conditions on the roads. I'm sure venice has speed limits! You cannot take the rules for one and apply to the other (otherwise, we would all be passing any head-on traffic to the right, instead of the left).
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