Maybe I'm lucky, but 90 percent of the time I can communicate with the overtaking skipper
. And that's the key to a great pass on the ICW. It takes teamwork. If you're in a sailboat and are being overtaken by a power boat
, you have to slow down as well. If you maintain 6 knots, well, because you think that's already slow enough, then you're probably gonna get waked. Why? If you maintain 6 knots and the power boat
is off plane, it's going to take forever for him to pass you. We may be talking about only a 1 or 2 knot
boat speed difference. His recourse is to speed up a little in order to get by quickly. In doing so, he throws up a larger wake and wakes you. You get pissed at the power boater, but in reality his larger wake is partly your fault.
I see this all the time on the ditch. If you slow down, we're talking less then 30 seconds if you time it right, now he's moving past you at 5 or 6 knots and not 1 or 2. I'll do this for another sailboater as well. If he's a knot
or so faster then I, I'll slow down to get him around me quickly and everybody's happy.
If there is enough searoom for a safe, fast past then I'll tell the skipper
to stay on plane. Since we're in a cat we can take some wake and not be bothered by it. Of course, when you're in the Wrightsville Beach section of the ICW, you're gonna get waked, no two ways about it. Some of the most rude and inconsiderate skippers I have ever run across reside in this section. Be warned...