Jeepers, the rental kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders have taken over from jet-skiers for being the annoying pests on the water
. I strongly believe the waters are for everyone, I'm not in favor of more "licensing," but please, a little common sense and basic understanding of what being on the water
is about. Yesterday, while leaving Deep Cove, a kayak
rental "hot-spot," we slowed the boat to let a group of about 20 kayaks pass about 30' directly in front of us. One young lady passed no more than 6 inches from our bow, and, although by then we were almost at a complete standstill, I politely told the young lady that 6 inches from a 32' vessel underway was unacceptable, and to give other vessels more room. the very next kayak
STOPPED 3 feet from our bow, fixing his gaze on the kayaks gathering for what I believe were lessons. Our boat was away from the dock
running, and obviously attempting to leave the marina. Again, I politely asked the young man to move along, and let others pass. These people were not being rude, they just showed a complete lack of awareness of anything going on around them. Just a couple hours earlier, an RCMP constable was at the marina investigating a collision
between a 40' Beneteau
and a canoe a week earlier. When leaving our home marina, it is not uncommon to have a kayak or stand-up paddle board to suddenly pop out from not three feet from the row of boats tied along the docks, despite signs asking traffic to remain at least 50 from the marina so departing boats, usually in reverse, have a little room to take evasive action.
I joke about painting little kayaks on our hull
to indicate "kills" but this is becoming a real problem.