I saw this editorial printed in our local paper. I am not familiar with the Lake Norman situation to comment.
Mooneyham: Big boats create big dangers
By Scott Mooneyham
Capitol Press Association
At sprawling Lake Norman north of Charlotte, boating accidents occur so frequently that a local law firm has created a special Web page to solicit victims of the accidents.
Each year, Lake Norman, when compared to other lakes, leads the state in the number of boating accidents. It’s not even close.
I’ve boated on these lakes and many others around the state. Lake Norman is different.
Each weekend, it’s filled with massive 40-foot cruisers with 3-foot drafts, turning the lake into a raging sea.
These boats are made to run in the ocean or the Great Lakes, not a high-boat-traffic, man-made lake. But a lot of people living on Lake Norman have more money than sense.
Earlier this summer, Gov. Mike Easley decided, absent any real evidence, that large boats being towed down North Carolina roads represent a danger to other motorists. He unsuccessfully vetoed more liberal towing limits.