This is a rant. You don’t want to read a rant stop now.
I find that most power boaters, again I’m saying most, just don’t know anything about etiquette or the rules of the road on the water. They are impolite, nit at all courteous, and generally are assholes.
First being a sailboat has the priority on the water. This means that a powerboat must do all they can to be out of the way of a sailboat. I’m talking when a sailboat is sailing and not using a motor. This means a powerboat should give way, give space, and generally not be close to the sailboat because that big ass wake will disturb the wind in the sails. Most power boaters do not get this and seem that it is so much trouble with their hundreds of horsepower to turn off the autopilot and put down their beer to change course to give a sailboat space.
Next power boaters don’t seem to understand their wakes are greatly disturbing as their boats are greatly inefficient in the water. Power boaters seem to think it is fine to ignore a speed limit or wake limit in an anchorage, Bay or garboe. Even when there isn’t a limit the power boater seems to think it’s okay to charge through anchored boats or boats on a mooring. Don’t they understand their wakes can cause damage or even injure a person that is unaware that the stupid ass powerboat just went by leaving a monstrous set of waves and causing all boats to roll to their beem ends!?
It isn’t just ‘private’ individuals – but PUBLIC employees! Multiple times I’ve experienced State of Washington Parks employees speed through a moorage!!
So with that I say no more power boats! Or only power boats that are slow displacement efficient hull shapes, like most before the 1960s, that even when going at cruise speed put out no more wake than the average sailboat.
I no longer have a home. Well, maybe, I now have two homes. One is the truck camper and the second is my boat. I see the truck’s back seat and passenger side footwell as my storage sheds.
Even with only a small percentage of my stuff I am feeling , strangely, like I’ve over-packed. I’m thinking this is really my reaction to having so little space and feel cluttered.
The transition to ‘tiny living’ or ‘going small’ will require me to look at what I have and what I actually use. The items not used will need to be justified or they will need to go to someone else – I don’t have the space! NO CLUTTER!!
I’ve been busy both packing and preparing the boat for my long trip. The boat work is as done (never really ‘finish’ working on a boat so it is ‘done enough’) and now the final push to clear the apartment begins.
Moving just sucks. I have to do it so my goal until the final push just prior to my becoming homeless, though I kinda will be moving into two homes: my truck camper and my sailboat, is to pack two boxes every day.
As part of that packing I’m finding things to gift to friends and donate to charity. Besides a good quantity of clothing, bed linens and electronics I’ve shrunk my personal library by 300+ books (still have close to 900).
My slow packing means I’m organizing things and logging each box’s contents into a spreadsheet so, if needed, I can find something prior to being into another place. Almost all of my stuff will be stored as my near-term combined living space will be a generous 161 sq. ft. – boat is 17′ x 7′ and camper is 6′ x 7′ (not including the camper’s bed as it can’t be used for storage when the roof is down).
With all things being stored if I don’t ‘miss the stuff’ after this spring/summer/fall another ‘purge’ will happen when/if I move into another home/apartment/cave.
I began playing on my own outside my house when I was five years old. I could walk to kindergarten on my own. I rode my bike on residential streets. I played in the woods. My parents didn’t ‘helicopter’ and let me explore the world.
That such a law needs to be passed and that people live in such fear and have such little understand about how kids effectively develop into functional adults is one more sad statement on the US social structure. ‘We’ live in fear of everything and everyone.