Originally Posted by smurphny
I have noticed this same behavior quite a few times. I think it's some kind of "follower" instinct. With miles of open water, powerboats will often head right for you and then pass within close proximity, only to turn to a different heading soon after. ??? Maybe they just want to look at the pretty sails. Many are not the sharpest tool in the shed, you know.
Incredible that they would come so close. I've had it happen in Long Island Sound. Huge powerful yachts coming within 100 feet of me and throwing me a 7' wake. But to them we don't even exist. You could shoot up flares and blow an air horn and it wouldn't matter. They are just oblivious.
Its nautical version of the self centered , no empathy attitude that is so prevalent in our country.