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Allan Horton, a BoatU.S. Member
himself, even while his boat was
in no wake zones. It doesn’t make
him angry, ho wever, 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
“educates” them. Depending on
the county in Florida, a lesson in
how to reduce the size of your
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in Nokomis, Florida, noted that boats of all
descriptions kept passing Vise with, at best,
a token reduction in speed. As the Coast
SPECIAL ISSUE — The BoatU.S. 2010 Trailering Guide
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.
In This Issue . . .
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.
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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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