Calm­ing Win­der­mere wa­ter users

Practical Boat Owner - - Letters - Ge­off Wass, Mal­don, Es­sex

I’m sur­prised by your ed­i­to­rial com­ments in PBO Septem­ber 2018 re­gard­ing wa­ter­ski­ing on Lake Win­der­mere. I en­joy sail­ing for its peace and quiet. I do not want the nau­ti­cal ac­tiv­i­ties of oth­ers to in­trude on my ex­pe­ri­ence; nor my ac­tiv­i­ties to dis­turb them.

I ac­cept that en­gines are a ne­ces­sity and it is not nec­es­sar­ily a boat be­ing pro­pelled by an en­gine that I ob­ject to but the loud noise and/or ex­ces­sive wash.

It’s not too bad if a boat is mov­ing pur­pose­fully and so passes quickly by, but some small noisy ves­sels seem to need to go round in cir­cles at speed, par­tic­u­larly in calm con­di­tions.

I would pre­fer it if all pow­ered ves­sels had a max­i­mum per­mit­ted level of noise and con­trolled their wash near other boats. Surely th­ese are the key re­quire­ments to let­ting ev­ery­one to en­joy the wa­ter.

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