A few years back I was coming in from sailing on the bay and I saw a large and expensive runabout came barreling into the bayou entrance. I moved over to discourage what I knew was about to happen. This was right at the no wake zone entering the bayou. The boater steered between me and an outgoing jon boat; they almost swamped him and they actually threw water into my 27’ boat with almost 3 feet of freeboard. I followed the man and his wife into the bayou – she facing backwards wearing her big floppy, sunglasses and an annoyed and stoic expression. I engaged the man in conversation while edging him toward the shore asking how his day was going and suggesting what he did might not have been so nice.
His wife replied and ‘you just don’t get it do you?” I asked her get what mam? She did not answer… I was so amazed at her comment I just started laughing and said I guess I don’t. He finally said “I’m sorry”…. I replied no you’re not or you would not have done it in the first place. I then left them alone but it was interesting to actually hear them say what I knew they felt.. They had the right to do as they please because they were wealthier than me and I should have yielded to them. Being a smaller craft, being under sail and being overtaken I did have the right of way in these three areas as outlined by Coast Guard COLREGS rules. (collision avoidance regulations)
You should see how the multi-million dollar boats act in the intercostals waterway… Funny thing, those boats do the same thing to Mr. and Mrs. Runabout for the exact same reason they did it to me. This is the trickledown affect I’ve heard of believe….
In America: the sailors hate the boaters, boaters hate jet skiers, jet skiers hate kayakers and kayakers hate everyone. In Houston Texas it’s the whites hate the blacks, the blacks hate the Mexicans, the Mexicans hate the Puerto Ricans and the Puerto Ricans hate everyone.
Might be a little to much hate going on..
the trickledown affect I’ve heard of I believe….
In America: the sailors hate the boaters, boaters hate jet skiers, jet skiers hate kayakers and kayakers hate everyone. Money is what makes or breaks the human soul.