Houseboat Traffic - responsible for swamping waves, and dangerous driving maneuvers?
by Suzanne Bordihn
(Rideau Canal, Ontario)
Dangerous Houseboat Traffic - just a little too close!
The houseboat traffic on the Rideau Canal is plentiful, and sometimes there's swamping waves from dangerous driving maneuvers from speeding nearby boaters.
I would like to know if anyone has experienced swamping of your boat by careless, aggressive boaters. We have been boating for 12 years and have had many incidents. I would like to know if it has happened to you, and what you have done about it.
I feel that we need to make a stand, and ensure the right people know, and that corrective measures need to be put in place to penalize the offenders.
Personally I carry a camera, and as they say a picture is worth a 1000 words.
Suzanne from the Rideau Canal, Ontario. Reply - Answer
Well Suzanne, I can totally understand your point, and your frustration from the lack of courtesy and frequent dangerous driving.
We have also been passed by large boats making huge wakes, and have had their waves caused damage to our houseboat or the belongings inside.
Since the waterways are often a "small world" I have often stopped by to visit (with a witness) the offending boaters to let them know that their actions have caused damage or a dangerous situation.
the offending boater denies any wrong doing, and this is where my witness can confirm the facts. I politely let them know that the next time, I have every right to call the police and create a incident report.
This often makes it clear to the dangerous drivers that they are responsible for the wake and waves, any they tend to become much more courteous and less dangerous in the future.
However, there seems to be a constant influx of new uneducated boaters that believe that the waterways belong only to them :(
It will require a lot of more intense reminders in the boating courses to let folks know that everyone has a right to SAFELY use the water.
Now back to your camera photo, I see that the offending boater wouldn't have much choice but to accept responsibility for their actions. Like you said, a picture is worth a 1000 words.Lastly
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Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats
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