Some how this discussion does not make much sense as far as who is right. We are all responsible for handling the boats in which we are the skipper
of PERIOD. So if the motor
boat (aka stinkpot) roars past you and causes a wake that upsets your boat (sailboat, canoe, fishing
boat, wave runner etc.) they are in direct violation of the law.
The problem is that most people do not want to take responsibility for any of their own actions anymore. I can understand why sailors (people on sailboats) get upset by the derelict actions of some boaters.
I myself own a power boat
and did read and understand all the rules of the road and recognize the proper handling of said boat before I put it in the water
. My boat is capable of about 60+ MPH (not knots but MPH) however I do not exhibit such speed when there are other boats around nor anywhere near a channel or marina. DUH !!!
That would make me an ass.
With EXXON-MOBIL boosting profits around 64 BILLION for last year (the highest any corporation has profited EVER), I am inclined to never fill the tank on my boat again and just use oars. That being said I have been searching for a sailboat that I can trailer to the lake when ever I damn well please with out having to increase anyones profit.
If everyone just would absorb the rules in place we could all get a long much better. I do thin that a nice blue water
boat would bee the pants off of any power boat
IMO for pure pleasure and enjoyability. While you have to stop to gas up the power boat the sailboat keeps on course.