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Boat wash menace
Encouraged by the volume of letters on the subject of boat
wash, my two bob’s worth is that many users of Georges River and
Port Hacking are equally fed up with inconsiderate boat wash.
I’ve owned power cruisers to 50ft for 15 years, plus kayaks,
dinghies, ski boats and jetskis for 30 years, and like most boaters
I learnt early on the nasty effects of wash from mine and others’
Normally I’m a laissez faire kinda guy but in this case my
mates and I reckon ALL enclosed waterways should be No Wash
& 8 knots (4 knots?) for boats over say 20ft, therefore allowing
the relatively harmless ski-boats and bowriders etc their fun
(ok, 30ft even?).
In my opinion such restriction is justified because Sydney is
so busy with a multitude of people trying to enjoy a variety of fun,
right down to tinnies and kayaks, and on riverbanks that it’s just
not right that a few big boats regularly ruin everyone else’s day.
The giant wash from a clod in a 48ft cruiser ploughing water
at 8-12 knots up the river narrows pushed my ski-boat high and
dry off a sandy beach onto rocks. There’s never a day on any
of Sydney’s waterways that similar incidents aren’t occurring
Most planing powerboats make their WORST wash around
8 knots, that’s why I’d prefer they go either slower or faster, and
either way: NO WASH!
For Gawds sakes, slow down!
Afloat is receiving many letters from the real yachtsmen,
about this nuisance. Many of them is suggesting government
operators licences for everybody, so that these speed maniacs
can be kept ashore.
The following letter originally appeared in Motorboating
magazine, July 1927. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.
I asks you, does you like to be swamped while you is rowing
ashore? Does you like to fall out of your bunk? Does you enjoy
seeing a beer fall to the deck and gurgle down a scupper? Does
you enjoy spilling hot soup in the lap? Does you like to decorate
your white flannels with coffee? Does you like to start an oyster
for the mouth and stick it in the eye? Does you like to start
shaving the chin and find you is cutting off your starboard ear?
No, you doesn’t.
Back in them good old days when yachtsmen had hair on their
chests and starts engines with a crowbar, full speed, it wasn’t
A reader has complained that he thinks we may have been
confusing a mooring minder with his yacht in the Editor’s Column
He assures us his boat is still sailing — Ed.
so much. Nothing went fast enough to kick up much of a wake.
Now they is horses of a different rating. Most everything afloat
travels fast and kicks up a helluva wake. This, it is great, out in
open water where they is no need for any limit on speed, but it
is a mighty different proposition at an anchorage.
While most everybody what owns boats is thoughtful of the
comfort of others and has kept the best traditions of the sea,
they is two or three idiots at every port and in every fleet what
ought to be put back in the nursery.
These smart alecs roars in through the squadron in their fast
runabouts, barely missing row boats, and kicking up a wake like
as if a hurricane had hit the harbour. Plates slide on to the floor,
clothes is covered with food, sleepers get rolled out of their bunks,
shavers gash their faces, beers go rolling on the ground and the
peace of a large number of yachtsmen is destroyed.
These birds is hurting the game and spoiling the sport, as
well as making themselves so unpopular that somebody is liable
to bury them at sea.
This here nuisance, it can be cured without no more
Government licensing and without resorting to no shooting,
burning or drowning.
Just cut this out and stick it up on the club bulletin board, or
tie it up with a ribbon and hand it to the feller at your anchorage
what tears by you every four minutes towing something pretty
on an aquaplane, and mark the envelope, “For Gawds sakes,
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