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Old 09-07-2020, 10:46 AM
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Default Do you slow down passing Kayaks in the Parker River?

Ok, I slow down when passing kayakers and try not to blow by with a big wake. Sometimes there are groups of kayakers in the narrow portions of the Parker behind Plum Island and I might be in the lead of a few powerboats cruising through. I slow down to no wake speed but I know it’s annoying to some of the boats behind who just want to haul ass past them.

What do others usually do running the Parker behind the island?
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Originally Posted by plumsal View Post
Ok, I slow down when passing kayakers and try not to blow by with a big wake. Sometimes there are groups of kayakers in the narrow portions of the Parker behind Plum Island and I might be in the lead of a few powerboats cruising through. I slow down to no wake speed but I know it’s annoying to some of the boats behind who just want to haul ass past them.

What do others usually do running the Parker behind the island?
As annoying as kayakers are, if you throw someone off and they cant swim and drown, you might be held responsible. I try to be at least 2-300 feet from kayakers. If I can't, I make sure to slow to no wake. If they are blocking a channel I dont hold back with the horn.
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I slow down. I do the same for fisherman in small craft. What is the big rush . I’m out to enjoy the day not cause problems for other people.
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Your are responsible for your wake. Slow down, enjoy the day.
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Originally Posted by duke460 View Post
Your are responsible for your wake. Slow down, enjoy the day.
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Yes, I do, because I am obligated to, but I swear kayakers are the equivalent of Prius drivers on the water. The Merrimack river is like a mile wide, but hey, let's paddle in the middle of the channel just for the fun of it.
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Originally Posted by fireisland1 View Post
I slow down. I do the same for fisherman in small craft. What is the big rush . I’m out to enjoy the day not cause problems for other people.
Well said and I agree.
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why aren't kayaks required to be registered???? every week there is one reported abandoned, if registered you would at least know who it belongs to.
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I do not know the area but I slow down for most small craft as my down easter throws a large wake and I've been the little guy and still use my kayak from time to time. Rag flappers (sail boats) on the other hand, I just assume run over.
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I go with the theory that kayaks are made for whitewater and I'm doing 'em a favor by giving them some.









No I don't. But I sure think it right before i slow down.
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It's just a good practice safe boating.
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If this is the section between the 1A bridge and the dog leg turn in the channel, yeah, it's pretty narrow....but most of that is no wake. They are certainly not constrained by draft, so it would be nice to think they wouldn't be in the channel, which is narrow in there. I would think once you pass the no wake buoy (Rowley River) area, you could dodge them pretty easily(?)

I do try to slow down or take a route to avoid them, but sometimes that's not practical. I do wish they were more aware of their surroundings and if they are potentially causing issues for other boaters.....but sometime you get that with other power boaters.

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Sometimes hauling ass is better than chugging along. My boat throws a heavy wake at 10-15 mph but up on plane the wake is flat.
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Your are responsible for your wake. Slow down, enjoy the day.
I respectfully disagree. Not when you are in a kayak in the channel without PFD on and not in an idle speed or no wake zone. You can kayak all over the ****ing place, stay out of the middle of the ****ing channel. I'm not slowing down. Never have, never will. You accept the risk by being where you are not supposed to be. Its like the idiots in kayaks in the middle of a bay bitching about the wakes. What the **** did you expect?
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Originally Posted by Lt.mike View Post
Sometimes hauling ass is better than chugging along. My boat throws a heavy wake at 10-15 mph but up on plane the wake is flat.
wrong on both levels. First slowing to pass at 10-15 is not slowing. And although you wake is smaller in height at high speed it is also moving much faster, .should that wake go into shallow water outside a channel it will crest and break like a wave.
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generally slow down and/or give them space because..............
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seasoned yakers should know better than to stay out of navigation channels as they draw nothing. Yakers/paddleboarders who don't know how buoys work are a danger to themselves and other marine traffic. It's best to give them a wide berth, go slow, etc but it can be absolutely maddening dealing with the clueless ones.
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I have a 30 foot power boat and a kayak. When on the kayak in a channel I stay just a few feet off the shore as they can literally operate in almost no water. I take care of myself and do not rely on any boat skipper to use common sense. Most skippers will do the right thing but there are many newbies and those that don't have a clue on the water. Can't understand why any yaker would want to be in the middle of a channel.
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most of the areas that we see them is idle speed only, if they are out in the gulf i give them as much room as i can but there on there own out there
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To the comment above, perhaps you are right and its their fault for being out there and some stupidity may play a part, however, if me slowing down is the difference between someone dieing or not, I will slow down 10/10 times. Unless its putting me in danger, I will slow down and yield to hem. There's a difference between turning and beaching your boat to not hit a kayaker with wake, and slowing down for a couple hundred feet.

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