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|10-11-2011 03:41 PM|
Yup - you got it right. Here in East Tennessee, while the boat must be registered with TWRA, no license is required to operate one. Any idiot can buy a boat, throw it in the water, and get himself and his friends killed, as long as he doesn't charge money. To be a professional idiot DOES require certification.
In fairness, that just us OLD idiots. As of 1989:
"Anyone born after January 1, 1989 must show the TWRA-issued wallet Boating Safety Education Certificate as proof of successful completion of the TWRA Boating Safety exam. No other certificate will be accepted as meeting the requirements of the law."
They did it that way because Tennessee is FULL of duck hunters and fishermen who would have risen up en masse and run the politicians out of office had they been forced to get licenses to operate their boats.
Originally Posted by HELLICONIA54 View Post
|10-11-2011 01:36 PM|
|MarkSF||Was sailing in SF bay on Sunday, the last day of fleet week. At about 4pm all the power boats arrived at the Oakland estuary, heading for their marinas, en masse. Well, the VHF came alive with cursing. Not that it had been exactly quiet all day. Heard the word '*******" quite a few times. The wakes weren't such a problem for us, just made for a fun ride down the estuary. But for smaller boats they could have been dangerous - certainly they were inconsiderate.|
|10-10-2011 10:22 AM|
Last time I stopped for gas at Bahr's, I took a total of 4 gallons, I had to buy a couple of six packs and ice to get it to $25.00. I felt like I was taking up valuable fuel barge space, as the guys behind me were running up bills in the high hundreds! Still the best clam chowder on the river!
|10-06-2011 12:59 PM|
sometimes there is justice
At our yacht club on the Hudson, we had only months before installed a video surveillance camera. Some members were at the sea wall pouring concrete for a bandstand when a large yacht blasted close by at high speed. The wake broke over the sea wall and did some damage to the still wet concrete. One of our members is a retired police officer, who got on the phone to the police crew about 10 miles north. They stopped the guy on the river and put him in a taxi back to our club. He pleaded "not guilty" until they showed him the video! At that point he apologized and broke out his wallet and paid for the damages. We were lucky!!
|10-05-2011 08:13 PM|
A little anecdote on the wake issue: About 30 years ago, when I was digging clams for a living, there were three or four of us working the harbor when this
J a$$ comes into the harbor in a huge 50+' yacht at full tilt, right next to one of my buddies. Bob held frantically onto his gear and rake, barely avoiding being tossed in the water. Well, the next thing, I look up and see that Bob is coming up alongside this inconsiderate idiot, methodically throwing chowder clams through all his windows. He went round both sides and wasted perhaps a dozen perfectly good chowder clams. Of course, the yachtie, now panicked, was right on the horn to the harbor police who came on over and told the guy he probably shouldn't have thrown that big wake and probably should return from whence he came and that he could file a complaint later. Sometimes there is justice. Never heard from him again. You can see how commercial fishermen usually have a poor view of yachties because these kinds of things happen all the time.
|10-05-2011 06:45 PM|
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|09-28-2011 09:23 AM|
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|09-28-2011 08:30 AM|
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|09-27-2011 04:45 PM|
Originally Posted by DoubleEnder View Post
|09-27-2011 08:40 AM|
Mother nature certainly has a way of evening up the score. Have you ever watched a stink pot on a mooring with a 6 inch wake in the harbor?
A couple of weeks back, we were returning from Block Island. The forecast was for seas 1 to 3 ft. While I should have known better with 20 kt winds out of the East, actual seas were 6 to 8 ft. As we finally start heading into the Bay and calm waters, we are passed by several stink pots at full throttle heading toward open water. They must have no idea what they are in for and I just grin thinking about it. Wish I could have turned around to watch.
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