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Old 26-09-2011, 14:10   #1
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Be Aware of Your Wake . . . Show Some Courtesy

May seem like a silly rant, but I have to vent. I'm not in a no wake zone, but am in a slip at a marina on the ICW. Yesterday at dusk some JERK came by with a large motor yacht pushing about a three foot wave. Put a skillet of hot oil onto my cabin sole, flattened one of my fenders, took the several feet of slack out of my shore power cord and put the adaptor into the water. I was showing a stern light. Been here for 10 months and am accustomed to NORMAL traffic and it's affects.
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where was this?
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Old 26-09-2011, 14:42   #3
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where was this?
Hewett Marina/Boatyard, Holden Beach, NC, just above the Holden Beach Bridge.
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Yesterday at dusk some JERK came by with a large motor yacht pushing about a three foot wave.
If I had a dime for every a__hole like that I've run across...
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Old 26-09-2011, 15:14   #5
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Re: Be Aware of Your Wake . . . Show Some Courtesy

Had a guy roar through a narrow cut at high speed and bounce 3 boats violently against the dock.He pulled in and smiled and said he was sorry.I asked him how the hell he looked when he was happy?
He then asked if we could make room for him at the dock.We all said NO!

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Old 26-09-2011, 15:25   #6
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You should have called Marine patrol, and reported him and the damage,he is responsibel ,and if thereis a bridge tender and he notced it he could also get a fine. Ole
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Call who you want. Seldom if ever is anything done. Just another idiot on the waterway. Very annoying. Let's hope he was going north and ran aground at the inlet.
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Re: Be Aware of Your Wake . . . Show Some Courtesy

I can’t count the times that motor yachts came down off plane, to PUSH BIG WAKE, as they passed me.
I’m certain they (ignorantly) thought they were doing the “right” thing.
I know that it inconvenienced them, whilst it waked me out.
Ignorance is no excuse; just (sometimes) an explanation.
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Old 26-09-2011, 15:57   #9
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I can’t count the times that motor yachts came down off plane, to PUSH BIG WAKE, as they passed me.
I’m certain they (ignorantly) thought they were doing the “right” thing.
I know that it inconvenienced them, whilst it waked me out.
Ignorance is no excuse; just (sometimes) an explanation.


I believe they don't have a clue what goes on behind their boat as they pass though a mooring area for example.

It's eyes forward and stuff everyone else!
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It's surprising how few power boaters know how to do a good pass. For sailboats you should stop the engine when the power boat is level with your transom. The power boat should come at cruising speed right up to the transom as close as possible and then cut the power and drift by. The sailboat should then go over a bit and stay in the middle of the power boat's wake. Some skippers know how to do this and it's beautiful to watch when a big sportfish powers right up to the transom and then drifts by when I stop my engine.

It's really bad that some power boats who don't know how to do this slow down way before they're up to your transom. Takes forever and then they usually create a big wake going by.
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Re: Be Aware of Your Wake . . . Show Some Courtesy

You can and should report the offender, and file a claim against his insurance company. Whether or not it is a "no wake" are, you are legally responsible for your wake. If nothing else, it will let him know so he won't do it again.

If you can't find the guy, and you have his boat name and port of call, give that to your insurance company, and let them chase it down.
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It's surprising how few power boaters know how to do a good pass. For sailboats you should stop the engine when the power boat is level with your transom. The power boat should come at cruising speed right up to the transom as close as possible and then cut the power and drift by. The sailboat should then go over a bit and stay in the middle of the power boat's wake. Some skippers know how to do this and it's beautiful to watch when a big sportfish powers right up to the transom and then drifts by when I stop my engine.

It's really bad that some power boats who don't know how to do this slow down way before they're up to your transom. Takes forever and then they usually create a big wake going by.
Indeed.
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Not only is this behavior hard on moored boats it is tough on the shoreline.
My beef is with the guys that pull into a shared anchorage, anchor,and then proceed to drag their kids behind the dink on a tube. It puts a warp in my personal space time continuum and really rocks my boat but not in a good way
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Meat heads who generate massive wakes...

One reason it would be nice to have torpedo tubes below the waterline. Range, bearing, mark.... shoot!
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Meat heads who generate massive wakes...

One reason it would be nice to have torpedo tubes below the waterline. Range, bearing, mark.... shoot!
While not quite as satisfying, a semiautomatic paintball gun is a good alternative.
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