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Old 07-09-2008
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Heres a couple of ideas how to make it happen.

1. Create some legal looking USCG stationary with the applicable verbiage and a warning and post it on all the gassholes boats. Probably won't work.

2. The red paint idea sounds good but to some it might be an improvement.

3. String a half inch cable across the channel attached to a power winch and every time one comes by to fast "sheet-in" and watch the fun. I vote for this one.

We have a guy at the entrance to our port that sits on his porch with a loud speaker and calls down power boaters that come in to fast. Unfortunately he's not always there.
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At B&N book store there is a book on how to make a potato cannon. Am Wondering if we could fire paint filled balloons from one.
But wait. That would be environmentally INCORRECT because the paint would pollute. Dang It!! Paint Ball guns?? Assorted colors?? Are they enviromentally sound??
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I want to know why powerboaters seem to think that they must ride within inches of an anchored boat. Im at anchor and it seems these ******* weekend warriors have to ride by as close as they can. Ive started keeping something handy in the galley that can be tossed into their boat. Fish heads are handy.

As for wakes, i love the idea of making the powerboater deal with what he causes. I would love to find the guy that plowed by my boat about 10ft away wile i was in the middle of cooking dinner. Make him stand there with a pot of boiling water on the stove and wake the boat.
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I actually saw someone water skiing in a no wake zone this past weekend. I mean, come on .. really? Who thinks it's okay to water ski in a no wake zone?
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Easy to make with PVC pipe. Uses compressed air.

I really liked this one, untill it blew up in my hands.

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Tie several feet of rubber tubing to opposite sides of a plastic funnel. Using two people to hold the tubing ends, place the water ballon in the funnel, pull back and launch like a big slingshot. I seem to remember from my college days that you can get a couple of hunderd feet out of one of these. Pretty accurate, too.


Course though, I also seem to remember that a water ballon can poke a hole in a window. Accuracy is your friend.
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A few years ago I read a story of a woman on an anchored boat who had life-threatening injuries when a powerboat wake flipped the galley pot boiling lobsters into her lap. I believe the powerboat boat was id'ed and the owner convicted of causing personal injury.

Also see Torresen Sailing and Boating News » Blog Archive » Boat Smart: Wake Up
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Boasun, The answer to your question is yes paint balls are bio friendly. They're made from a fish oil with food dye. So fire away my friend.

r2k815, the device you've dicribed has a name, it's called a funnelater. If you have a ketch or a yawl you don't need friends. It can also be used to loob fruits and vegies.
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Sometimes the power boaters get busted. But not often. On Canada day the RCMP kept their boat at our yacht club. When they started out to get the drinkers they spent the next two hours stopping power boaters who fly by the yacht club at full speed. But after two hours they decided they would be stuck here all night and moved on. But for those two hours it was wonderful.
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How about wake AND fog? Last year, on our delivery from Annapolis to Lake Champlain, we ducked into Atlantic City in pea soup fog. We were feeling our way via radar, GPS and compass headings off buoys, when, all of a sudden, out of the Absecon Inlet channel, a 50' Hatteras or similar comes roaring out at 20+ kts, outriggers deployed! We couldn't see past our bow, and this idiot is running like it's a sunny day, and not even doing a securite call! Not only did we have to turn and almost hit the inlet wall (jagged rocks), but he rolled our boat pretty hard with his wake and we had a mess to clean up down below. Idiots.
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