‘No wake’ signs there for a reason

Do you know why boats don’t have rearview mirrors?

If boaters saw the damage their wake causes, they might be inclined to slow down and be courteous to other boaters.

Yes, the same lunatic drivers we encounter daily on the roads also feel they own all the water.

The worst offenders are professionals who know better.

A few days ago I watched a local fishing guide service ignore a NO WAKE sign and the two screaming gentlemen in a canoe they swamped. Fortunately, the fishermen in the canoe were close enough to shore that they avoided completely sinking.

Each year in Washington people drown from the wakes of ignorant or apathetic boaters, and each year millions of dollars worth of personal property damage is incurred.

Personally, I feel that anyone who needs to go more than 30 mph on the water needs to find a closer boat launch.

David Grimm


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