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Old 05-02-2013, 08:41 PM   #41
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ANd please tell me what that is?

IF YOU EVER SEE A LARGE POWERBOAT SLOW DOWN IN AN EFFORT TO PROVIDE YOU A COURTEOUS PASS, PLEASE RETURN THE FAVOR BY REDUCING YOUR POWER TO MINIMUM STEERAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Even though you were yelling, you've demonstrated how to make a safe and courteous pass! The problem; no one else knows (or cares) how.

Mark and I were steaming to a destination the other week when we were contacted on the radio by a fellow wanting to make a pass. The maneuver went well and all parties were on their way without an excessive wake.

BTW, that was the first time I've ever been contacted by another skipper for the purpose of making a slow pass.

As far as the blowboats go...I'd pass them too. Those canoe tails can take a wake. No problem!!!
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:45 PM   #42
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Mark and I were steaming to a destination the other week when we were contacted on the radio by a fellow wanting to make a pass. The maneuver went well and all parties were on their way without an excessive wake.

BTW, that was the first time I've ever been contacted by another skipper for the purpose of making a slow pass.
Ditto! It was the Nordic Tug Three Jeans (from Pittsburg, with its eye-catching "stack") in the narrow channel leading to the mouth of the Petaluma River.


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Old 05-02-2013, 11:26 PM   #43
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ANd please tell me what that is? I am usually the "waker". I do my very best to contact the "wakee" on the radio. 9 times out of 10 I cannot raise them on the radio. I still try to give a slow wake pass. BUT IT IS PRETTY DAMN HARD TO PASS A BOAT WITH NO WAKE WHEN THAT WAKEE IS GOING 7 KNOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Agreed - Nobody seems to pay attention to their radio in that situation.

IF YOU EVER SEE A LARGE POWERBOAT SLOW DOWN IN AN EFFORT TO PROVIDE YOU A COURTEOUS PASS, PLEASE RETURN THE FAVOR BY REDUCING YOUR POWER TO MINIMUM STEERAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Makes sense, but very rarely happens.
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:59 AM   #44
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I was on the water that day as well and it was quite an experience. This reminds me of someone's comment months ago that there's no need to look behind you bc the boat being passed has the right of way. That seriously cracks me up. I want to see 'em BEFORE they get to me so I can get as far over as I can and give myself a chance for some room to take their wake on MY terms. Being in the delta you definitely hone your skills in dealing w wakes, skiers, fisherman, drunks, idiots, etc.
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:03 AM   #45
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Being in the delta you definitely hone your skills in dealing w wakes, skiers, fisherman, drunks, idiots, etc.
Ya, but c'mon... You gotta admit, in spite of it all, we're still a fun group of boaters!!
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:05 AM   #46
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Ya, but c'mon... You gotta admit, in spite of it all, we're still a fun group of boaters!!
Absolutely, I love it! Trying to find a ski boat to get into the experience even more.
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:11 AM   #47
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...This reminds me of someone's comment months ago that there's no need to look behind you bc the boat being passed has the right of way. That seriously cracks me up. I want to see 'em BEFORE they get to me ...
That's part of the challenge/adventure of boating, and points out the need for 360-degree visibility and attention from the helmsman's position.
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:29 AM   #48
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...I want to see 'em BEFORE they get to me so I can get as far over as I can and give myself a chance for some room to take their wake on MY terms. ...
Yeah ... Like returning Sunday from Stockton on the San Joaquin River I had to make a "question mark" (?) maneuver to have room to cross the wake of a close-passing boat.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:16 AM   #49
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In Oz we have a rule that you are meant to leave at least 30 metres space if passing an anchored or slow boat above hull speed, not that it is observed meticulously. The really nasty one, as some others have mentioned, is the one where a semi-planer comes up from behind at speed, catches you napping, or in such a confined space there is not time or room to turn stern to, and to get bow on is impossible, and then it effectively catches you broadside. Any vessel will rock and roll in that situation. I have a rear vision mirror fitted to the upper steering chain pole which in a sedan does give some reasonable rear warning, and make frequent glances back thru the pilot door, but sometimes I still get caught out. There is no doubt that being forewarned to have enough time to plan the evasion tactic pays dividends.
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I dont worry too much about bothering others with my wake. My boat tends to calm the water rather than make a disturbance.
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:05 AM   #51
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Ya, but c'mon... You gotta admit, in spite of it all, we're still a fun group of boaters!!
Wait just a minute! This is beginning to sound like "bumper cars" at a carnival! I thought that the Delta was a place of contentment, tranquility & rest, only to find that it's no different than San Diego Bay on Wednesday's beer can races. The ICW seems to have the same amount of traffic...maybe I am in the right spot!
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I dont worry too much about bothering others with my wake. My boat tends to calm the water rather than make a disturbance.

PG talked about "wakes, skiers, fisherman, drunks, idiots, etc."
A few years in Alaska will relieve you of such burdens also.
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Walt the amount of other boat encounters really depends where on the delta you are. Mark is talking about a trip on the San Joaquin river. It's crazy central, especially closer to Stockton. Once you get on the sloughs and less traveled rivers like the Mokelumne it's much calmer!!
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I'll have to concur with Eric on that one.....and I try to do exactly that. Trouble is that on routes like the ACICW, there are places so narrow between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, for example, where there is no option but to eat the wakes on the beam. To turn into a wake, one is likely to get broad-sided by the guy chasing him, and in my weekend ICW transits these last couple of months, I'm sometimes passed by as many as six boats at a time, with three on each side. My boat takes wakes equally well from bow or stern, but sometimes the only choice is to just hold on.
Larry, how about Worth Creek near N. Palm Beach with the wakes bouncing of the seawalls on either side. That place can be like a washing machine.
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Mark is talking about a trip on the San Joaquin river. It's crazy central, especially closer to Stockton. Once you get on the sloughs and less traveled rivers like the Mokelumne it's much calmer!!
How deep is the water on the "Mokelumne"?

Edit: I just Googled the "Mokalumne River" (Which I have never heard of) and was surprised! https://www.google.com/search?q=Moke...w=1067&bih=522
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#@*&*% (wise ass.) One of these days....
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