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Old 06-28-2011, 06:04 PM
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How come everyone follows the rules except for the parasail boats in Destin Harbor???? There is a "no wake" zone throughout the harbor. Everyone knows this and except for the rentals they pretty much follow the rules. The parasail boats feel they are above the law. They fly by causing a wake. They pass other boats while in line exiting and entering the harbor. When asked to slow down, they are arrogant smarta**es. I called the number plastered on the side of the boat to complain only to have them fly by yet again. I filed a complaint with the Florida Game and Fish and now on THT. My rant is complete!
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Old 06-28-2011, 06:25 PM
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try the whale wars method..... set out a prop fouler!
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Old 06-28-2011, 06:38 PM
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Originally Posted by CO2GURU View Post
try the whale wars method..... set out a prop fouler!
Hah

I know what you mean they have no idea.
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:36 PM
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I noticed the same thing last week. I was entering by Noriega Pt and hugging the shore to the right of my forward motion and 2 parasail boats were basically trying to race me into the harbor coming from under the bridge and entering on the extreme left. An oncoming vessel checked up and finally squeezed between us.

The head boats pretty much would prefer to run you over as well. They come in at 10kts and never check up.

Between them and the rental pontoons and jet skis it's a dangerous harbor toncome in and out of.
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:39 PM
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Originally Posted by CO2GURU View Post
try the whale wars method..... set out a prop fouler!

That is funny
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:57 AM
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I ran into the same thing in Gulf Shores, AL a few weeks ago. Trolling the beach on a 32' Regulator with the kids. This a-hole in a parasail came up flying, (without someone in the air on a parasail) and ran right across our lines, cutting them. We called the Parasail co, and they did returned our call and apologized. Offered a free parasail trip! Told them they must be crazy. Total idiots.
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:22 AM
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Call the Sheriffs department and ask why those boats are exempt from the "no wake" rule.
Except for a vary few places, like around certain bridges, the state allows the local gooberment to create the no wake ares.

It is a county law, not a state law, so ask the Sheriff.
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:45 AM
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all the parasail captians are like that. its very annoying and i have realized they do fly by in no wake zones. a lot of them are the ones that think they are hard a$$es. you should see them during cobia season in panama city, they are probably the same in destin as well. they will run really close to you throwing a big wake and they come really close if you are fighting a fish as well
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Old 06-30-2011, 09:36 AM
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The police were busting people in perdido pass last month for no wake violations, the dudes (police)had someone hemmed up and one of the Dolphin cruise boats passed in front of them hauling a$$ threw a huge wake and the police boat did absolutely zip zero nothing.
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I get so pissed off at the dam Parasail boats. I think it might be time to do a little night time recon mission. Your all are right, they think they don`t have to follow the rules. Sooner or later they are going to hurt or even kill somebody the way they drive. Next time I come across one i`m taking pictures of it and going straight over to the Coast Guard station and file a formal complaint and then to the sheriffs department and do the same. I`ll try the legal way first.
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The police were busting people in perdido pass last month for no wake violations, the dudes (police)had someone hemmed up and one of the Dolphin cruise boats passed in front of them hauling a$$ threw a huge wake and the police boat did absolutely zip zero nothing.
How do you know they did nothing? Are they supposed to drop what they were doing and chase him down?
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I get so pissed off at the dam Parasail boats. I think it might be time to do a little night time recon mission. Your all are right, they think they don`t have to follow the rules. Sooner or later they are going to hurt or even kill somebody the way they drive. Next time I come across one i`m taking pictures of it and going straight over to the Coast Guard station and file a formal complaint and then to the sheriffs department and do the same. I`ll try the legal way first.
The CG cannot enforce no wake zones. If the operator is negligent and through the course of that negligence hazards other vessels, property or people, they can write a negligent operations citation. They would pretty much have to witness the violation though. You should share your concerns with them though as they may increase their presence in the area.
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Old 06-30-2011, 12:49 PM
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We had one pass us in the very narrow portion. We turned right to go into that bay right before we got the the bridge coming in. He passes me on the right between me and the beach and I'm at the helm of a 55 foot viking! crazy

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they are bad but i think the idiots on the waverunners doing circles in front of the opening of norriego point are worse and like you said...FWC and the Sheriffs Dept does nothing but pull over the boats coming in from the gulf.
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Nobody ever lit up a little in a "NO WAKE" zone?????But I do agree these D#% Heads need an attitude ADJUSTMENT!!! MAYBE A LITTLE MIDNIGHT visit....Talk
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Old 06-30-2011, 07:41 PM
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I emailed the sheriff's office to complain after reading the replies. I left my phone number. I'll let you know if I hear anything.
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I go with the Whale Wars approach, a little butyric acid on the bow will straighten them right out. Or just do like some of the others have mentioned and sneak onto their boat and fray some of the parasail lines and that will show them...
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Parasail hunting?
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