Originally Posted by Zanshin
you are the type of boater who bothers the hell out of me; zipping around in an anchorage which is, in all countries, a "no wake" zone. I've anchored out in Marigot as well as just outside of the Simpson Baie bridge on the Dutch side and had thoughtless and reckless dinghy riders cause some wakes. I fervently hope that someday soon you'll pass by the Gendarmerie as they patrol and enjoy discussing boating
tactics with them.
The lagoon is dirty enough enough so that nobody will be swimming, but dinghy wakes are a bane to people at anchor
. Two days ago in The Bight on Norman island three kids
were riding a big dinghy around at top speed towing each other on water
skis. They finally quite when one of them couldn't hold a curve and almost hit a sailboat on a mooring, actually passing between the boat and mooring ball; luckily there was little wind
and the painter was underwater otherwise the skier would most certainly have been hurt.
Hi Zashin... whilst I agree with you about reckless behavior among boats at anchor in fast dinghy's, jet bikes etc.... I hate them myself as I like a swim round the boat(not in the lagoon)... especially the idiots who fly across the Lagoon after dark in RIB's with 25hp outboards without lights... there were a couple of bad accidents during my time there in 06...
But before you start slagging people off take a good look at the picture... can you see anything at anchor, how much wake can you see behind the dinghy.... I have a Tohatsu 5hp on there and make a lot more wake at half throttle than I do at full when I'm on a plane... and I've passed the Gendarmerie many a time.... waved and they've laughed and waved back.... mainly because I do it in a safe zone...
Your the sort of Boater who... like the US clergyman Dutch side who used to preach on VHF
at 9am every morning... takes life far to seriously and passes judgements without knowing facts.... get a sense of fun... get a life...
it IS possible to do both..... RESPONSIBLY.
If the Preacher had had his way no one would have ever gone French side... a nest of drugs, thieves and killers was his opinion.... lol
As to the state of the lagoon there's more crap stirred up by 1 weeks hammering through by the fast ferries to Anguilla
, the jet bike tours and the dickheads in power boats.... than 6 months of inflatable
PS; I've heard Shrimpy's has been closed... is that true..?? if so shame..it was a good hang out