Many boat operators are unaware that slowing down to the required speed of a no-wake zone doesn’t necessarily eliminate producing a damaging wake. Instead, throttling down to idle for a ten count before continuing ahead allows the hull to level out, reducing or eliminating the wake.
Boat wakes are not only potentially destructive to waterfront properties and docked boats, they can also disturb natural habitats along the water’s edge. Observing the appropriate speed limit and slowing down to idle before the approach will help circumvent harm to precious wildlife and prevent property damage.
Spread the word and don’t rock the dock: slow down, bow down.
BoaterSkills.ca teaches boat handling skills and safe operating practices to Ontario’s recreational boaters. This season, the company is spearheading this campaign with the goal of educating boaters about the effects of ignoring speed limits near shore.
Share this message to remind your boating friends to watch their wakes!
Slow down, bow down!
For more information, visit BoaterSkills.ca.