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Re: Stop freakin' waving at me!
There is merit in a philosophical debate about obligatory friendly gestures.
Or put more simply if you're required to be friendly then is doesn't mean **** so why bother.
Its very culture and location dependent so its obvious that there will be totally differing views.
A lot of people do things like that because it makes them feel part of some special group (motorcyclists are huge on it for that reason).
On this particular topic, I always return a wave but I don't bother to initiate them unless its a close pass with eye contact or its another sailboat, just too much river traffic to do otherwise, id wear my arms out.
EDIT: actually from the OP's point of view if I wanted a quiet day by myself on a boat and people kept waving, requiring me to wave back or be considered rude, I could see how that would quickly get extremely irritating.
Last edited by PPPPPP42; 08-21-2012 at 12:44 PM.