By Bill Meck
May 21, 2009
I was very uneasy at the sight of the six to seven foot wake churning up behind the wheel. Granted her wake travels in a path behind her and not to the side like a V-hull design but a wake "is" a wake and part of the reason the Coast Guard cited the speed limit in 1999.
The design of the wheel she wields at all crafts under 30 feet puts these giants out at two foot intervals for about two hundred yards behind her.
I put in a call to the Coast Guard to question whether or not there had been any regulations set up for this situation but the gentleman on the other side of the phone wasn't sure and I haven't received a return call yet.
I'm not writing to have this vessel shut down but would like to send this out as a warning of what appears to be a new danger in the Tongass Narrows.
Received May 20, 2008 - Published May 21, 2009
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