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08-21-2012 01:39 PM
PPPPPP42
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.
08-21-2012 01:19 PM
CBinRI
Re: Stop freakin' waving at me!

Quote:
Originally Posted by flyingwelshman View Post
We just got back from a couple of weeks of cruising up the East side of Georgian Bay.

As some may remember our original plan of heading up to the North Channel was aborted by certain events.

Anyhow, the sail is repaired, the dinghy motor running and we are back to 'normal'.

As I said: we have been cruising around the East Side of Georgian Bay. This, at this time of year, has to be one of the busiest fresh-water boating areas in North America. Between we cruisers (of which we are legion - power and sail); cottagers going to and fro; recreational boaters out for the day; tour boats; PWC's; water-skiiers (wakeboarders); kayakers; canoists; amphibious planes; etc. etc. etc.

Why is it that most people feel inclined to wave at passing fellow boaters?

Almost every vessel we passed - from stand-up paddle board to 70' Sunseeker - gave a wave from cursory to full-blown vigourous.

Why?

We're not in a parade. We don't know these people. What's the point? Is it because of the perception that we are all mariners and have something in common? Bollocks! We have as much in common with the backwards-ball-hat-and-wife-beater-shirt-wearing yobbo on the crappy-music-blaring-bass-throbbing Ski boat as Sir Francis Chichester has with Francesco Schettino.

I can understand if we've been weeks in the Roaring Forties; haven't seen another human for weeks. Here we share a bond. Here the acknowledgement of another soul brings comfort from the isolation. Heading towards Five-Mile Narrows, after passing, and being waved at by, literally thousands of grinning vacationers doesn't require the same interaction.

So please don't wave at me. And especially don't expect a wave back - particularly if you have just swamped me with your six-foot wake (I'm talking to you Mr. SeaRay!)
You may want to find a less friendly passtime. Some suggestions:

Jousting
Ultimate fighting
****-fighting
Dog-fighting
Eye-poking
Paint-ball fighting

I'm not sure sailing is for you.
08-21-2012 12:00 AM
flyingwelshman
Re: Stop freakin' waving at me!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Capt.aaron View Post
Today I fuel'd up 2 cruise ships, and as we pulled away there was 1000 people on the rail, waving at us grunts down on the barge. I could not help but think of this thread, we waved back enthsuiastically, me just a little bit more than my crew members.
My work here is done.....
08-20-2012 11:14 PM
Capt.aaron
Re: Stop freakin' waving at me!

Today I fuel'd up 2 cruise ships, and as we pulled away there was 1000 people on the rail, waving at us grunts down on the barge. I could not help but think of this thread, we waved back enthsuiastically, me just a little bit more than my crew members.
08-20-2012 11:10 PM
sawingknots
Re: Stop freakin' waving at me!

cool,we're good
08-20-2012 10:02 PM
flyingwelshman
Re: Stop freakin' waving at me!

Quote:
Originally Posted by sawingknots View Post
good ole sailnet,hey welchman i threw you a olive branch,just don't push it!
And it was much appreciated, but, for my part, totally unnecessary as I wasn't aware of any animosity between us.
08-20-2012 09:49 PM
Mjfossler
Re: Stop freakin' waving at me!

Wow, first complaint I ever heard about people being courteous. I wave to everyone out on the water - we are all in this together.
08-20-2012 09:36 PM
sawingknots
Re: Stop freakin' waving at me!

good ole sailnet,hey welchman i threw you a olive branch,just don't push it!
08-20-2012 09:16 PM
tdw
Re: Stop freakin' waving at me!

Quote:
Originally Posted by flyingwelshman View Post
It (whatever 'it' is) does seem to have gone beyond its 'best before' date.
shame though .... that undefinable it was fun while it lasted ....

ah me ... the douche she is bagged ...

farewell
08-20-2012 09:06 PM
jimmyb514
Re: Stop freakin' waving at me!

When I first stepped aboard my Grandfather's Sharpie 50 years ago, I was taught it was a friendly gesture to give a wave to those who passed by, and to wave like a mad fool at those about to run into you.
Have you given thought to cruising off the coast of Somalia?
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