Don't Make Waves

Don't Make Waves

Finally, some action on the issue of wash.

Operation Don’t Make Waves held last month resulted in 746 vessels checks, 51 fines issued and 37 formal warnings after boaties were pulled over during the statewide campaign.

NSW Maritime general manager of Recreational Boating Brett Moore said: “While the number of fines represents less than seven per cent non-compliance, this is too high a figure, and we’ll be increasing our efforts in both education and enforcement.”

South Coast boaters were the most considerate and, no surprises, Sydney Harbour boaters were the most inconsiderate, receiving 14 fines and five formal warnings.

“When you see a no wash sign with a speed limit sign, you can’t assume you can travel at the maximum speed indicated, your speed is dictated by the type of boat and the amount of wash you create – it’s often necessary to travel at a slower speed to ensure your boat is not creating wash,” Moore explains.

Look behind – if your boat’s creating wash then slow down.

How is the issue of boat wash on your waterway?