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Old 05-10-2010, 03:23 AM   #1
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Default courtesy, politeness, manners or just the right thing to do?

Went up Blackwater River today with the wife and gradkids just to ride and swim.

14' boat with a 25hp. Yeah you are bigger and faster than me, but I have young kids in the boat.

It was ocean size waves with the assholes who had to hurry to go and drink a beer, or show off. Slow the fuck down before you kill someone.
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Old 05-10-2010, 03:34 AM   #2
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Default RE: courtesy, politeness, manners or just the right thing to do?

I have often heard the following, "Blessed are the wakemakers for they knoweth not their father."

Or, since it was Mother's Day, maybe they were looking for their Mother who was last seen running along the beach BARKING!
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Old 05-10-2010, 03:38 AM   #3
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Default RE: courtesy, politeness, manners or just the right thing to do?

here would be the header and description for the General Discussion section of this fishing forum.............

<span class=LargeTxt>General Discussion
<span class=SmallTxt>General Fishing and Boating Chat -Anything goes but please watch your language and keep it related to fishing and boating.

<span class=SmallTxt>courtesy, politeness, manners and just the right thing to do would probably apply on here as well............
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Old 05-10-2010, 03:39 AM   #4
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Default RE: courtesy, politeness, manners or just the right thing to do?

Were they driving by you at a high rate of speed? The faster I go, the smaller my wake. 15 to 20 mph throws the BIGGEST wake on my boat.
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Old 05-10-2010, 05:32 AM   #5
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According to FL state law, If you get any damage, swamped, injured etc. by a wake, the operator of that waking vessel has caused a 2 vessel accident with him being V1 and you being V2. If they fail to stop and report or stop and wait if you are reporting, they have fled the scene of a 2 vessel accident.

Basically the same rules apply as vehicle crashes... I learned this when telling of a near miss, to FWC (then FMP) officer, involving me being nearly run down by a high speed vessel at night using no spot light and I had my "all around" light on at anchor in my 12 foot skiff on the indian river... the bow of the vessel actually got under the tip of my 8 foot rod and snagged my bait on some part of his super structure, spooling me.

I through my 8 year old son overboard by his LG and I followed... The operator came off plane and surveyed their vessel and hauled butt...

Unless rules/laws have changed, it is not wise to "wake" any vessel small enough to be jeopardized.

"No boat throws the smallest wake at top speed... ALL VESSELS THROW THE SMALLEST WAKE AT IDLE..." Right of way is not just impact avoidance is how the officer explained it to me.

I had a fellow sport fisher cross behind me while I had the outriggers deployed and 6 baits out... He cut off over $100.00 worth of gear from my 2 "way backs", we radioed him and followed to the marina and he was belligerent about it... I called FWC and he was charged with leaving the scene of an accident... I never got reimbursed but he may think twice and be more careful next time.

I know I sure learned to show more respect to smaller vessels and on smaller, narrower bodies of water, I am always going slow enough to get off plane early enough to spare them the ruff ride.

and just so ya'll don't think I am holier than thou... I have paid a wake speed fine many years ago...

Brent
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