Ok, did anyone else catch Mythbusters last night? They proved that it WAS possible to water ski behind a cruise ship.
I can't tell you how many times I have stood there looking over the aft of the ship thinking.."surely this is fast enough to water ski behind it." Now I have seen that I was correct. And the ship was only doing 14 knots.
You'd also better have one helluva good life vest. The eddies and undertows created by such ships can be deadly. A towboat with a full load of barges on the intercoastal waterways throtteling up creates enough undertow to sink an empty and sealed 55 gallon drum for several seconds. One of the training demonstration that were once done for new hires with Ashland Oil on their barge lines.
Stick to ski boats or get yourself a really good life insurance policy to take care of your family before trying it.
They had a very long tow rope. So the skiing person was about 100 yards from the ship (so the prop eddies was probably not a problem)
The ship was moving and dragging the line and the skiing person was pulled up next to the rope in a ski boat (hanging from a ski pole outrigger) when he got near the rope he grabbed it and let go of the pole.
I agree that if not done properly it could be very dangerous but it was still pretty cool to watch.
Yeah, I saw that - it was very cool. For those who missed it, they tossed a 300 tow rope (i think it was that long) behind the cruise ship and let it drag before even entering the water. They then passed the cruise ship in a normal ski boat. The mythbuster entered the water, and began to wake board from the ski boat. They moved closer and closer to the rope dragging from the cruise ship, and he then had to make the transition from the ski boat to the rope being dragged by the cruise ship. He fell once, and they had to hurry up, pass the cruise ship, and try again. He managed it on the second attempt, and stayed up for what seemed to be a few minutes.