RE: There I was...
The last time I bothered to have contact with the kiddy boaters was a few years ago in the ICW heading south.
A charter operator in a 75 or so, big* tin boat charged constantly through the usual pack of boaters (that collect at bridge openings) cauaing at least a 4 or 5 ft wave.
A couple of smaller boats were spun 180deg by the force and the radio was alive with complaints, DOZENS.
After a 2 day exercise in doing NOTHING , but telling the calling multitudes to "register a complaint at Miami", someone FINALLY shamed them into actually using a boat, to observe the chaos.
A boarding resulted and the boat was stopped in Georgetown till a competant crew was brought aboard.
Since so much damage was done , when I heard a similar set of screaming at a marine mororist coming up to my position going north I simply got out the 10gage , and held it over my head while stairing at the imbecile.
We got a fine slow no wake pass , and cursing to blush a sailor , with out waiting days for the Federal Marine Police to do its usual, nothing.
-- Edited by FF at 06:00, 2008-09-10