It's all about Courtesy! Or lack of...
Courtesy... a specie far more endangered than
the manatee or the Gloucester golden spotted pelican ! Are you a
courteous boater ? if you don't recognize yourself in the following
character, you probably are...
yes, your wake... that
2' or 3' wake you are leaving behind as you go through this peaceful
anchorage. Can't you just slow down a little, is being on the water
so bad that you can't wait to get back home ? Forget the "no
wake zone" sign, it's not just about the rules and posting
signs everywhere, it's about courtesy and safety. If you are going
through a cove where boats are anchored, take it slow... you may
think that the wake of your 25' boat ins't going to affect a larger
boat but it will and can even cause damage if a boat or tender is
rafted up on the other side. And have you considered that somebody
may be swimming, getting up on a stern ladder and could get hurt
by just a 2' wake.
Ok, so got yourself a nice
sound system, that's fine, but why don't you realize that not everyone
enjoys the latest from la sambada chiquita or from dog
snoopy cool rapper ! Funny how those with the loudest sound
systems usually have the worst taste in music... If your "music"
can be heard over on the next boat, it is too loud.
The Anchor Blocker
It's beautiful sunday afternoon
in your favorite anchorage, the water is warm, you're enjoying the
day and out of nowhere comes this boat who decides to drop anchor
100' off your bow even though there plenty of room everywhere. Apparently
it's too hard to figure out what by the time he pays out scope and
falls back he's going to be not only close enough to chit chat but
also right on top of your anchor so if you leave first you have
to maneuver around...
The Dock Hog
Yes, you over there who just tied up a 30' boat
in the middle of a 70' space leaving no room for anyone... and don't
play deaf when someone asks you to please move up a little. You
are hogging that public dock, let's try to share.
There is another type of dock hog, the guy who
just finished fueling on a busy sunday and then takes 10 minutes
to get his act together and leave so that one of the five boats
waiting can refuel.
Ever notice how some guys will pass you within
half a boat length, usually throwing a huge wake, when they have
plenty of room to alter course ? it's like pressing a switch on
the autopilot is so difficult ...
They're pretty small, they make a very annoying
buzzing sound, they circle around at high speed... they are also
known by the acronym P-W-C also can come in slightly larger variant,
the small boat pulling a tube or wakeboarder.