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Re: Recourse for Powerboats

The best recourse is really education. If you can find the captain, invite him/her out for a sail. Show them how wonderful it feels to sit on the rail as the boat lifts and dives with each puff. They can act as balast as you let the boat heel. And, if it just happens that you "accidentally" jibe as a fellow powerboater jumps past, causing the "rail meat" legs/upper torso to hang in the water for a few uncomfortable seconds, well...I'd bet he/she will remember that experience for many years.
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Re: Recourse for Powerboats

"There comes a time when a man has to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag and start slitting throats!"
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I believe I could safely assume that launching a round off their bow would be tantamount to assault. Only problem with that is my "lead" isn't very good and I might end up putting said round right in the cockpit. THAT would end up with an interesting conversation with the USCG and police, no doubt.

Not that I'd ever do anything like that!

Shame we can't find 'em and fix a [permanent] "black spot"to their hull somehows??

It *is* a problem in my AO; but not as much as the PB's that seem ta think that three abreast can make it a'tween me 'n the marker before they get too close! I simply fall off and smile It's a matter of priorities. I see it the same as fighting over right-of-way with massive freighters. Ya might win in a CG inquirey; but yer boat's still gonna be in splinters at the bottom of the channel !
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Re: Recourse for Powerboats

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As the stand-on vessel being passed, you are obligated to maintain both speed and direction. Slow down before they overtake I guess.
Well, anyone who thinks that rule cannot be bent in a constricted waterway, by mutual consent of the two vessels involved, is gonna get waked, I suppose... (grin)

Yes, the one being overtaken should definitely slow in advance, both to confirm their intention, and to allow the faster boat to approach as closely as possible at speed, before cutting it sharply at the last moment... When done in concert with a cooperative sailboat who has slowed to idle, I can usually take a 25-knot boat from cruising speed, down to a slow pass, and back up on a plane again in less than a minute... All without throwing them more than a 12 inch wake... If they insist on plowing along at 7 knots, and I'm trying to get by them with a motoryacht displacing 50 tons, while running in 10 feet of water or less, with the stern being sucked down into the mud, and the bow pointed skyward, well... then it's a whole different ballgame... (grin)

The ICW would be a much happier place, if everyone had the opportunity to make the trip at least once in a sailboat or trawler, and once again on a large sportfisherman or fast motoryacht... Personally, given the choice between running a deep draft sailboat down The Ditch, or a large fast powerboat, I think doing the latter is the far greater challenge, and one that is certainly more stressful and fatiguing over the course of a long day...

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Re: Recourse for Powerboats

In one of his articles in 'Flotsam and Jetsam' Robb White tells of using a slingshot to good effect.
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Re: Recourse for Powerboats

I doubt a wake will capsize any boat with ballast. I just warn my wife before the wake. She of course enjoys communicating with hand signals to let the offending vessel know we weren't happy (the bird)

It was worse in the bay a few years back (caddyshack was what I called it) but with the fuel $$$ now there a very few heavy boats steaming out there.
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Re: Recourse for Powerboats

Northport has a big (1000) something mooring field with a big transient population NOW what really annoys me is speeds well above 5 MPH and wakes in the mooring field

Now just outside the field were all the bigger boats do slow down its pretty normal to have a wake deep enough to stuff the bow on the Cal 29 and washdown the decks

It does become somewhat hard to get upset as this is also a somewhat normal sea condition on every NE wind ?

The 4th of July should be strange as due to last years fatal overloaded boat capsize they have made the entire area and I do mean ENTIRE AREA right out to the sound a 5 MPH zone as it will be the only on the water fireworks around here
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Re: Recourse for Powerboats

I was pleasantly surprised by the courtesy of the powerboats in the confines of the ICW. Sure, there was an occasional idiot, but most of the trip the powerboats that approached me from astern radioed their intent to pass, I pulled over to the extreme edge of the channel and slowed to idle speed and never spilled a drop of coffee or beer in the process.

Now, back at home, traveling down the 6-mile Havre de Grace Channel, a channel that is a couple hundred yards wide and 18 feet deep, you are constantly slammed by huge wakes from powerboats of all sizes, some of which seemingly take joy in trying to get a close to you as possible and hit you with the highest wake. This is one of the reasons I love sailing on weekdays, a time when I have the entire Chesapeake Bay pretty much myself.

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Re: Recourse for Powerboats

Securite, Securite, Securite !

All mariners in the vicinity of the Virginia Cut take heed.

A large powerboat named XXXXX is driving erratically and dragging a dangerous wake.


The above radio call has worked for me on a number of occasions
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Re: Recourse for Powerboats

Here's a different twist on this thread. More than 60 years ago my uncle took me fishing. We were in a small wooden rowboat, fishing for panfish on an inland lake in Michigan.
We had fished with some success for awhile and then a boat towing a skier began circling us, with each pass getting closer and closer. After about the fourth very close pass, my uncle reached down and got a Stroh's longneck beer (empty of course), and fired it with amazing speed and accuracy into the port side of the Chris-Craft woodie.
I think the kid driving the boat thought about challenging my uncle, but after sizing him up, and thinking about my uncle's throwing arm, he decided that it might wiser for them to go play on the other side of the lake.
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