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I tend to draw the distinction between "powerboats" and "stinkpots" by both the utility of the boat combined with the seasmanship of the operator. A floating condo running at full throttle through a mooring field with all of the fenders hanging off it is most definitely a Stinkpot. A powerboat being SAFELY operated for fishing, skiing, etc. is not subject to scorn, as are most commerical fishermen. (Exception to that made for some of the Quahoggers here on Narragansett Bay - we alomst got T-boned by some knucklehead READING THE PAPER while driving his skiff full throttle, fortunately thoug hhe couldn''t hear our screams of warning, his dog did bark at us and alert him to our presense...but I digress).
My four year old is starting to pick up on this definition, but I think in general he may be getting tipped off by the absence of masts.
It always amazes me the way that the words "no wake" are subject to interpretation by stinkpotters. This past fall I was astounded at the number of times that my boat, while tied up at our club''s courtesy dock in a no wake zone, got bounced and slammed against the docks; thank goodness for fenders. Seemed like every ten minutes - the harbor master was nowhere to be seen. Of course with me down below with my head in the engine I couldn''t keep popping up...
Anyway, it seems that every stinkpot sold should come with a placard that reads:
Wake: (wake) n. 1. The big waves made by your boat that slam other boats around and cause damage when you go more than 5 mph near them. 2. Somber event that most sailors want to see you the guest of honor at after you flog their sails, bruise their bodies, and spill their beverages.
Then the dealer/broker should then be required to have them use this in a sentence, like "I am legally responsible for all of the damage caused by my WAKE."
Note the use of mph instead of knots. If we used knots they''d end up thinking "but I was only doing two knots, one in each shoe!"
End of Rant.