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re: Privacy considerations for ignorant powerboaters
There was a period where I delivered six gold plate Sport fishermen north each spring, and south each fall. 4 days from Lauderdale to Norfolk.
I would try to be as courteous as possible, but the sail boats had to do their part for things to go well for both parties.
If a power boat in the ditch (well anywhere, actually) comes off a plane to pass a sail boat, then the sail boat must slow down to idle speed to allow the power boat to go by with a minimum wake. If the sail boat maintains his speed of say 5 knots, then the power boat must do at least 8 to get by in a reasonable amount of time. At that speed, he is definitely throwing a bigger wake.
It is a give and take situation and both parties need to under stand how to make it easy on the other.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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