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September 14, 2012

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Bill Patterson

Thanks for this helpful suggestion. Also, when you are on yor boat at sunset and squinting to see you should not be feeling a 30 mph wind in your face. Please slow down!

Tim Park

Janice,

Thanks for bringing up such an important topic. Given the popularity of the sport, it's good to mention and hopefully your comments will raise awareness to all. However, as both a professional and pleasure boater, I think I need to point out something to all. You mention that there are no "speed limits" on the water. Unfortunately my opinion is that you're a bit less than correct on that. I truly hope that no water sport participant ever has to learn the hard way about what the maritime courts will have to say about "Safe Speed" (COLREG 6). And yes, if a wakeboard boat or PWC plows into a paddleboarder, they will in fact learn the hard way. Briefly, a vessel shall proceed at a speed consistent with the conditions. Having the sun in your eyes, or wind in your face will not provide much of a defense. The simple fact that a collision occured will pretty much prove to the Admiralty courts that the motorized vessel was not traveling at a "safe speed". There will be some contributory negligence if the paddleboarder hadn't sounded his/her required danger signal on the sound device now required to be carried. The onus will then transfer to the motorized vessel to prove that he was maintaining a safe watch "by sight as well as hearing". With some of the stereo systems I've seen, I think the deck is stacked against the motorboat but again, in my opinion, rightfully so. Any yahoo can go out and buy a very high powered watercraft and not one person is going to ask them if they know how to use it. Sorry to get so technical, but the actual Rules of the Road need to be followed a bit more by most pleasure boaters or else it will affect everyone's ability to enjoy these beautiful days. Just my two cents worth..... Thanks again for bringing it up.

bigyaz

Reasonable points. Waiting for your post to all the reckless boaters (virtually none of whom wear PFDs), waterskiers and jetskiers who come too close to shore going too fast, buzz kayaks and sailboats, blast music, destroying the quiet pleasures of being out on the lake, etc.

You remind me of those who tell pedestrians they should be more careful because many drivers are talking on cellphones, drinking coffee, blinded by the sun, etc.

Robert Malone

Stand up paddle boards are the recumbent bicycles of the lake. Surfboards are for surfing, not yoga.

Phillip

A good reminder for SUPers on any lake.

'"Boats don't have brakes and unconscious people don't float"' I've never heard this quote before, but I like it and will use it.

I guess I am starting to get old, too...

Soulr Paddle Boards

Thanks for the write up, good points all around. Paddling on a SUP makes you feel very visible, and it's hard to imagine that someone can't see you standing there. Your photos do a good job illustrating just how small we are compared to a big body of water. And the glare makes nearly invisible.

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