But when the houseboats line up gunwale to gunwale in a cove thick with blue exhaust, the river becomes a student paradise and every parent's worst nightmare.
After a taxing turtle-wrestling session the next day, I drag myself over the boat's gunwale and sit on a bare metal seat.
I'm perched on the gunwale of a boat rocketing along at breakneck speed, getting ready to jump into the emerald waters of Australia's Moreton Bay.
Thick tarps, stretched gunwale to gunwale , deck three-quarters of the Brendan, but where the helmsman must stand there is a gaping hole.
While working around a wing dam on the Missouri, a fish suddenly went ballistic alongside, bounced into his lap, slammed into the opposite side, ricocheted off the gunwale and went back in the water.
You never know what quite to expect at boat show product demonstrations, but when someone swings a baseball bat repeatedly into a boat's gunwale , they quickly get everyone's attention.
For their own safety, the two rescuers should lift together, and bring the swimmer into the canoe in stages - arms over gunwale, torso over gunwale , one leg over, etc.
Wherever possible, he writes with a seaman's lingo of seaways, gunwales , swells and whitecaps.
In consequence, he was entirely too occupied with his own difficulties to notice the gossamer shape poking its head above the gunwales of the ersatz pirate ship suspended above the gambling floor to the left of the pinball arcade.
There was seating facing inboard along the gunwales of the boat.