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Old 03-21-2019, 07:40 AM
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Say if you're right before the mouth of the channel going out into bigger water and you got 3ft waves coming into the channel I'm going to assume it's okay to kick up the speed a tad. I stuffed the bow twice the other day of my abermarle cause I was idling through this short steep chop. I had to duck under the windshield. Lol In all my years of boating of never seen it that rough right there. Of course once you get out past that half a mile or so it smoothes out. Imo safety of the passengers and boat trumps any no wake zone area.
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Old 03-21-2019, 07:47 AM
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Why would that area you were going through be a no wake zone? Is it marked with no wake buoys? Generally the mouth of an inlet does not have no wake buoys in an area where you are encountering bigger seas. Most no wake zones are well within the confines of a harbor.
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Say if you're right before the mouth of the channel going out into bigger water and you got 3ft waves coming into the channel I'm going to assume it's okay to kick up the speed a tad. I stuffed the bow twice the other day of my abermarle cause I was idling through this short steep chop. I had to duck under the windshield. Lol In all my years of boating of never seen it that rough right there. Of course once you get out past that half a mile or so it smoothes out. Imo safety of the passengers and boat trumps any no wake zone area.
The law doesn't change based on the wave height. Enforcement might. I'm guessing some officers would be reasonable and understand you going faster, others might say you shouldn't be going out if you cannot safely follow the law.
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Old 03-21-2019, 08:04 AM
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Why would that area you were going through be a no wake zone? Is it marked with no wake buoys? Generally the mouth of an inlet does not have no wake buoys in an area where you are encountering bigger seas. Most no wake zones are well within the confines of a harbor.
They aren't very good at replacing the buoys when they get dragged away by heavy currents in my area. Usually they put a no wake buoy right inside the mouth of the channel. I guess if no buoy then that means you can make a wake?
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Old 03-21-2019, 08:04 AM
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Fishmaster. Check this out, I think you will find no rule will force you to proceed at a speed that will not alow proper steering or control.
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Old 03-21-2019, 08:23 AM
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No wake in area unless unsafe to operate in that manner. Always maintain control of boat based on conditions.
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Old 03-21-2019, 08:26 AM
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seems like a 3' wave would be bigger than the wake you'd create
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Old 03-21-2019, 08:56 AM
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The faulty reasoning is that waves in one direction should override the concern about your wake moving in a different direction. In the case of an inlet, the natural waves will be entering through the inlet. A boater's neglect of the no wake zone would make a wake traveling in a completely different direction than the natural waves. Easy to envision an inlet with structures that are sensitive to oblique wakes but don't experience any erosion from waves entering through the inlet itself. Some no wake zones really aren't about wakes either. They're possibly simply about safe speeds through areas that pose ancillary risks to boaters.
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Old 03-21-2019, 11:21 AM
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post up the specific area you are talking about so we can remove all the guessing
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Why would that area you were going through be a no wake zone? Is it marked with no wake buoys? Generally the mouth of an inlet does not have no wake buoys in an area where you are encountering bigger seas. Most no wake zones are well within the confines of a harbor.
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Old 03-21-2019, 05:02 PM
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Originally Posted by mystery View Post
post up the specific area you are talking about so we can remove all the guessing

Its the mouth of the clear lake channel in Texas right alongside the Kemah boardwalk. This is the sode of the channel gping into Galveston bay
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the mouth of the Magothy River that leads into the Chesapeake bay was turned into a no wake zone several years ago. the closest docks are half a mile away and the no wake zone seems to only apply to the very narrow area between the markers. boats with shallow drafts regularly go by at full speed just outside the markers where it's about 4' to 6' of water.

when I was growing up there were never no wake markers in that spot.

I assume (but don't actually know) that they made it a no wake zone because it's so narrow and they want boats to slow down for safety...sort of like a speed bump.

I've seen DNR police in the area checking fishing licenses without paying any attention to boats flying through just outside of the markers. I'm not sure if they are allowed to there or not...I always just put through the no wake zone between the channel markers.
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I'm gonna say if you have 3' waves coming at you the "no wake zone" is not longer important, waves would be bigger or as big as your wake.
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When the majority of people can read the sign!!!! That means if that's your backyard lead by example, the rest of the idiots(monkey see monkey doo)!!!!

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Old 03-22-2019, 05:25 AM
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Originally Posted by fishmaster273 View Post
Its the mouth of the clear lake channel in Texas right alongside the Kemah boardwalk. This is the sode of the channel gping into Galveston bay
so you are talking about the section i have highlighted in red?


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Originally Posted by mystery View Post
so you are talking about the section i have highlighted in red?

I'm talking about the narrow area by the restuarants 3-400ft before the red highlighted part. I'm talking about the white highlighted area. That's the part where the waves get squeezed into and they get high at times and they can go halfway to the Kemah bridge.
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Old 03-22-2019, 11:14 AM
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No wake zones usually end right before your patience runs out.
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Old 03-22-2019, 12:23 PM
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Well next time the waves are like that I'll just do like 10 or 12 knots instead just to keep the bow up.

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