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Old 07-08-2013, 01:50 AM
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So got back from a 3 day fishing trip with my Dad on Friday ... up here in the cold coast.

For YEARS I've always wondered about this ... why do people choose to run their boat with the bow pointing 45 degrees pushing a massive bow wake travelling 15MPH? Its way above displacement speed and way below planing speed. I saw a few boats (all planing hulls) again do that ... one that I passed at a steady 20MPH. I've seen some pretty big boats do this.

For YEARS I thought I was missing something, that there was a reason for this.

I've come to the conclusion that they don't know how to operate a boat. I would estimate 5-10% of boats do this.
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You see that a lot

sometimes in rough seas people do that for a more comfortable ride

But I suspect a good number of them just don't know what they are doing

maybe 10%+
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I think your being generous to about 50% of the rest of the boaters
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Originally Posted by Mike Boehler View Post
I think your being generous to about 50% of the rest of the boaters
For real.
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Originally Posted by Mike Boehler View Post
I think your being generous to about 50% of the rest of the boaters
^^^^ UhHuh^^^^
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Ya can't fix stupid! Other thing I see is plowing. I'm guessing they think the trim is an up or down thing. No purpose in between? ;?
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I've done it before, but only when I've had friends in jet skis looking to have fun. Otherwise, your right, it's about the worst speed to operate at.
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the bass boat guys do that when the waves approch 1 foot . really.
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I run my boat like this to make it look bigger to oncoming vessels. They also enjoy the bigger wake. I like to say When boating, be safe and be big.
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I'd say 50% don't know what they are doing and I've seen several pics posted here from mamber who don't seem to have a clue.
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I think inexperience has a lot to do with it, but its frustrating when someone has the means to purchase a boat, but not enough sense to get some education about using the boat. I heard FL wants to go to a boating "license" in 2015, but I doubt it.
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I think your being generous to about 50% of the rest of the boaters
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From my observations, I believe Maximum Wake Speed is the recommended operating speed per the Sea Ray operator's manual.

It's an important part of "channel management", along with steering down the middle of the channel in normal mode, and veering towards anyone overtaking or passing.

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No it was glass-smooth except for the MASSIVE bow wake he was making.

I was just thinking that at least up here, the basic boater course is all about safety and the rules of the "road" ... how to call for help etc... it teaches you nothing about how to actually operate a boat, how to dock it, how to use the engine compartment fan before starting. And of course it doesn't teach you how to plane / trim your boat. If you were a completely new boater that didn't pick it up from a friend or your Dad, how the heck would you know this?
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Originally Posted by Mike Boehler View Post
I think your being generous to about 50% of the rest of the boaters
You're prob right. Scary, something to think about when out there boating.
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No it was glass-smooth except for the MASSIVE bow wake he was making.

I was just thinking that at least up here, the basic boater course is all about safety and the rules of the "road" ... how to call for help etc... it teaches you nothing about how to actually operate a boat, how to dock it, how to use the engine compartment fan before starting. And of course it doesn't teach you how to plane / trim your boat. If you were a completely new boater that didn't pick it up from a friend or your Dad, how the heck would you know this?
I learned to drive from watching Miami Vice.
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I think inexperience has a lot to do with it, but its frustrating when someone has the means to purchase a boat, but not enough sense to get some education about using the boat. I heard FL wants to go to a boating "license" in 2015, but I doubt it.
And you really think for one minute that things will change?
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Originally Posted by BlueRudy View Post
I learned to drive from watching Miami Vice.
Hmm, I learnt all my driving skills from Steve McQueen.
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Ya can't fix stupid! Other thing I see is plowing. I'm guessing they think the trim is an up or down thing. No purpose in between? ;?
And all that extra fuel they are burning.
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I sold a 24' BR to a guy and went with him on a check-out ride, at his request. All he'd ever done was pontoon boating.

We got out of the no-wake zone and he upped the throttle to about 2000RPM, enough to start plowing with the bow way up high. After a few seconds of this, I suggested that he Floor the throttles in order to get up on plane; then throttle back to about 3000 and 30MPH.

uh, OK. We stopped to check something out, and then when he started again, it was like he was trying to get the most gas mileage out of a car. Gentle push forward of the throttles and plow up a storm. Another reminder. uh, OK.

Third time, same thing; only this time his wife did the instructing. ;? My guess is that either she's doing the driving, or he's still plowing up a large wake. Some people just can't learn logical things.

Does a friendly and firm VHF message do any good, that he's better off increasing speed to planing speed...and being more courteous to others if he does so?

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