Friday, November 11, 2011


Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?
Signs, by The 5 Man Electrical Band
With our previous boat, Serenity, wake was not much of a problem.  MOTIVATOR on the other hand can toss a respectable wake at cruise speed.  All along the ICW are signs concerning the speed of vessels and their wake.  Some of the markers are official:

Some are not so official:
Most of the official no wake signs are highly visible and their concerns are apparent:
Other times the signs are hidden and easy to miss:

There does not seem to be an official standard for the sign placement or the associated rules:

Many of the unofficial signs are attached to private docks extending into the ICW:

Not sure if this home owner meant the sign for us or his neighbor’s go-fast with the two Yamaha 250 horse engines:

The private docks with “NO WAKE” signs are reminiscent of people that buy houses next to airports then complain about jet noise.
But, not everyone complains about our wake:
These guys like to follow along behind us and grab the fish that are churned up by our wake.

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