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Old 07-05-2020, 07:55 PM   #1
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Default Navigation Legality vs. Etiquette BUT Great Weekend

I've posted in the past about how I deal with "road rage" by just slowing down and letting things go, but this weekend my philosophy was very much required. There were three things that really tested my patience:

1. In The North, there are a lot of clearly defined channels of travel. Though the vessel coming from the starboard side may have the right of way, given that it's like entering an on-ramp, etiquette suggests drivers yield until it's safe to "get on the highway." I was forced to slow down/stop a few times which led to boats behind me backing up.

2. While tubing this morning, people kept coming close to us. Not just in terms of passing, but three other boats came near to wake surf, etc. when there was plenty of space not far off.

3. Anchoring/tubing in channels of travel. This was really bad this weekend. In fact, someone anchored in the center of the entrance to Hanson Cove, which, again, forced people to go around or stop or disturb people anchored in appropriate places.

I think we saw such a saturation point this weekend that the combination of new and inconsiderate boaters created a bit of craziness.

In all, though, we had three great days of boating: Thursday at West Alton with the in-laws and a Pop's chaser; Saturday on Jettie One with the kiddos and at night at Wolfeboro/Moultonborough Bay on Boatie Two with family and friends; and tubing/swimming with another group of friends today.

What an amazing weekend!

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Old 07-05-2020, 09:12 PM   #2
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While stopped waiting for kids to climb back on the tube over the weekend, there were times that I literally had to move my boat between and oncoming boat, to force them off the line that directly on course with the kids in the water and the tube 50ft behind us so that the kids don’t get run over.

(This is after slowing, turning back and dragging the tube to them, not like I cut in front of the other boat and the kids fell off there. Generally try to be out of the way)

You’d figure empty tube on the back of a boat would warrant some extra spacing in a quiet bay without a lot of traffic. Dunno.
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Old 07-05-2020, 11:39 PM   #3
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Whenever you think you've seen it all don't worry, there will be more to see, every year.

I have not heard of any boating mishaps.

If that's the case somehow we all got through it ok.
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Old 07-06-2020, 12:45 AM   #4
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Whenever you think you've seen it all don't worry, there will be more to see, every year.

I have not heard of any boating mishaps.

If that's the case somehow we all got through it ok.
I was actually thinking of this just a little bit ago. Little victories.

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Old 07-06-2020, 08:40 AM   #5
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Whenever you think you've seen it all don't worry, there will be more to see, every year.

I have not heard of any boating mishaps
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If that's the case somehow we all got through it ok.
Maybe 10 days ago, a Jet-Ski off Parker's Island, Wolfeboro Neck, had a one-boat event.

In jumping a big wake, the operator did a "stuff" into the lake. His face hit the handlebars and was knocked unconscious. His passenger held his face above water.

Another Jet-Ski responded to the passenger's calls for help and assisted in loading the bloodied operator into a third responding boat.

According to my source (a neighbor) there's actually a name for this kind of Jet-Ski crash injury: it's called a "Scorpion".

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Thursday evening got caught in the squall off Governors island slowed behind a pontoon boat to block the pontoon so he could pull in his three tubes and three kids only to watch the boat running in my wake having to turn sharp to starboard due to not watching what was happening . Thought that was the worst of it until heading through the channel there is a boat parallel under the bridge , I asked when passing what was he he trying to accomplish?? Not get wet and stay out of the rain was his reply... 😐
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