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For those familiar with the area I found the number fo no-wake violations this year staggering. Every time I cruised up and down the river I witnessed boaters up on plane in no wake zones...here is a video I took as an example:

I am slipped up river in Amesbury and despite the efforts of fellow dock mates to slow people down as they cruised past the marina nothing could be done. It's amazing how much ingorance or "I don't give a &*^$#'" exists out there.
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previous thread: Merrimack River No Wake Zones (not just Newburyport)

i think this time of year people blow through no wake zones because they know there is likely no enforcement as many towns have seasonal marine PD that tail off or end after LDW
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Originally Posted by mystery View Post
previous thread: Merrimack River No Wake Zones (not just Newburyport)

i think this time of year people blow through no wake zones because they know there is likely no enforcement as many towns have seasonal marine PD that tail off or end after LDW
Thanks for the link...that's an old thread....8 years later and the problem persists. Agree on this time of year behavior...
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Glad I spent 5 minutes watching a video so I could see someone pass you at speed for 3 seconds!

The no wake zones are not marked terribly well as you go up river. There's also some that people have put out themselves and are not official markers. It's been like this for quite a while. Massachusetts doesn't require any kind of training for a person to operate a boat so this should not really be a surprise. I hate getting waked out in the river like everybody. If people used common sense they would know in areas of docks and marinas to slow down, but common sense can often be uncommon! The bigger problem is at the mouth. When people don't know what they are doing there, it's a much more serious situation.
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Yikes...sorry it was so painful to watch...I did put a time stamp in the comment for quick access to the segment.

Agree on all points.....lack of common sense and/or ignorance can turn a good day on the water into a nightmare for those impacted. The mouth is out of control on a busy weekend......the drifters in the middle of the channel make it that much more interesting.
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I have an outside slip in Newburyport. We call them wake pirates :-)
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Originally Posted by Door#3 View Post
I have an outside slip in Newburyport. We call them wake pirates :-)
I am new to the river this year and was wondering about you guys.....you must really get rocked. I'm up the river in Amesbury and I think we are spoiled with how calm it is most of the time which is why it's so dramatic when someone cruises by the marina up on plane.

I was thinking about moving down river to get closer to the action but after seeing how busy it gets, and the amount of wakes generated in no wake zones, I'm thinking otherwise. The convenience to open ocean is a huge benefit though....
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Originally Posted by radiocontester View Post
I am new to the river this year and was wondering about you guys.....you must really get rocked. I'm up the river in Amesbury and I think we are spoiled with how calm it is most of the time which is why it's so dramatic when someone cruises by the marina up on plane.

I was thinking about moving down river to get closer to the action but after seeing how busy it gets, and the amount of wakes generated in no wake zones, I'm thinking otherwise. The convenience to open ocean is a huge benefit though....
no worries - you'll get waked up there also. I'm up near Rocks Village Bridge and the wakes I see are outrageous. There's basically no enforcement past salisbury and newburyport so people open it up - the law be damned.
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Originally Posted by Zardoz View Post
Glad I spent 5 minutes watching a video so I could see someone pass you at speed for 3 seconds!

The no wake zones are not marked terribly well as you go up river. There's also some that people have put out themselves and are not official markers. It's been like this for quite a while. Massachusetts doesn't require any kind of training for a person to operate a boat so this should not really be a surprise. I hate getting waked out in the river like everybody. If people used common sense they would know in areas of docks and marinas to slow down, but common sense can often be uncommon! The bigger problem is at the mouth. When people don't know what they are doing there, it's a much more serious situation.
lack of markings doesn't mean you don't have to follow the law. and I agree that training is needed, but NH requires it and I see many boaters from NH ignoring the no wake restrictions.
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Originally Posted by radiocontester View Post
I am new to the river this year and was wondering about you guys.....you must really get rocked. I'm up the river in Amesbury and I think we are spoiled with how calm it is most of the time which is why it's so dramatic when someone cruises by the marina up on plane.

I was thinking about moving down river to get closer to the action but after seeing how busy it gets, and the amount of wakes generated in no wake zones, I'm thinking otherwise. The convenience to open ocean is a huge benefit though....
It doesn't really bother me much. I'm on the boat to have fun so I don't let it bother me.
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