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  1. I would like to explain the meaning of some of the signage that one might see on the waterways… Generally you can find & interpret the meaning of this signage in the study manuals when sitting for your boat licence, but some of the training facilities and particularly the teachers of those who do Self Study seem to gloss over the meaning & as such it gets lost in favour of understanding more complex issues such as which side is Port & which is Starboard…… Anyway…. No Wash DOES NOT mean that it is not necessary to have a bath / shower - it has an altogether different meaning – it actually means (in summary ) that if your boat is making waves that are bigger that those that normally exist in an area then that is considered to be WASH. So, for the twit that tried to tell me that doing 20 plus knts past all the moored boats & people on Kayaks / canoes / Paddleboards - in the quietest part of Fig Tree bay was OK because, & I quote …..”I am not water-skiing“, and “you cant make wash in a 4 meter tinny”, please go & have another look at what the signage actually means! I am reasonably certain that the Maritime officers may not have accepted your definition, had they seen you. Aside from the rules, it really is a matter of courtesy if nothing else, everyone is entitled to enjoy the waterways, so just because there is no set limit – does not mean that you should exercise your right & fly past kayakers / canoeists / paddle boarders, small boats – 2 mins taken to pass by calmly & quietly will not ruin your day. Even if there are no signs, it is still an offense to create waves that cause danger , inconvenience or damage. There are plenty of areas where you can open the throttle & not worry anyone. I posted this rant, as I am weary of the fools out there (I wont call them skippers – they haven’t earned the title!), in everything from inflatables to half cabs & even fishing guides (that should know better), that insist on passing through moored boats at inappropriate speeds with no regard for others – it will hopefully help to stifle my desire to cruise past them at half throttle pushing 6 tons of water toward them whilst declaring that I am within the speed limit !! Whilst I am sure that it is no one on here, we do all need to be mindful of our fellow humans when we are out & about. End of Rant Happy new year to my Fellow Fishraiders
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