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Good story, Gary.. I'm amazed that they took you up on that offer too. Just the other day we saw a similar scenario (OK, pick any day I suppose) where a 50-something footer doing 16-18 knots passed a sailboat only meters away, when a small course alteration a half mile back would have put them a comfortable distance off.
Other than the real A-holes who do look back and watch us rock and roll as we do the "Bayliner Be-bop", I do believe that many of these characters never look back and are, as mentioned above, pretty much clueless.
It's not just close passes, either. On numerous occasions I've seen damage done to boats moored or rafted at docks as these guys plow by without regard to their wake and wash.
A recent phenom, though, thanks to fuel prices, is seeing a number of these 20+knot capable boats puttering along at a sedate 8 knots.... good for all of us.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)