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United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Southport
As you travel the Intracoastal Waterway and other areas you will often notice signs that indicate no wake zones. These signs have been put up because the passing boat wakes have caused damage or erosion. The people that put these signs up are trying to keep damage to a minimum. There are official no wake zones and there are requests for no wake areas are from marinas and property owners that are aware of the potential damage caused by these wakes. The average boater considers slowing down will reduce his wake when in reality it generally causes more wake. Slowing down drops the stern deeper in the water as the boat comes off plane and the wake increases as the hull displaces more water. To enter a no wake zone you must put the boats engine into dead slow. That allows the boat to come off plane completely and settle in its normal displacement mode. At that point you should put the boat into clutch speed and observe your wake as you pass the marked area. Please observe these no wake zones and realize you are responsible for your wake and the damage that it may cause. Be a responsible boater. Boat Smart...Boat Safe...Wear It! This message was brought to you by... The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary 10-5 Southport, North Carolina $$