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The BoatU.S. Marine Insurance and Damage Avoidance Report*
Boat Wakes & Bad Tempers
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Our Exclusive 2009-2010 Guide
Putting in at
Volume 10 Aug/Sep 2009
Vol. 27 No. 3 •••••••••••••• July 2009
SALVAGING NARCOSIS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
KEEPING PROPANE SAFE . . . . . . . . . . . 10
STUFFING BOX LEAKS. . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
COOKIE MAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
In This Issue . . .
*The BoatU.S. Damage Avoidance Program
his past summer, the Coast
Guard cutter Vise was resetting
day marker #20 on an especially
busy day on Florida’s Blackburn
Bay along the ICW north of Venice.
Allan Horton, a BoatU.S. Member
himself, even while his boat was
in no wake zones. It doesn’t make
him angry, however, because he
says most people don’t realize
their boats are creating a large
wake. Olson is a patient man; he
says he turns on his blue light and
the county in Florida, a lesson in
how to reduce the size of your
wake costs $90 to $140.
Your Boat’s Wake?
You can save a lot of money and
avoid being the recipient of rude
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descriptions kept passing Vise with, at best,
a token reduction in speed. As the Coast
Guard crew worked to install the new
marker, they were continually being tossed
around by the passing boats’ wakes. The
Vise’s captain responded by sounding the
five-beat emergency signal several times.
Remarkably, very few skippers seemed to
slow down or even notice.
Horton, who describes himself as a frequent fist shaker whenever his boat is
rocked, says he understands the Coast
Guard captain’s frustration. So do a lot of
other skippers; wakes make people angry.
Lt. Scott Olson of the Florida Marine Patrol
says he’s been rocked quite a few times
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