I'd be interested in what you folks think of this.
The other day, I was returning to my slip under power (J22 with 2HP). I was about 150 yards from the No Wake zone. There was a 30-35 foot power boat leaving the marina, and the second he passed the No Wake zone, he went to flank speed. He created a monstrous bow wave.
At this time, my crew was on the foredeck getting the dock lines ready. Fortunately, I had time to warn my crew, (my 57-year-old sister) to hold on, and steered for the wake.
No one was hurt and nothing was damaged, but I think something should be said to this guy. Even though he was out of the No Wake zone, he showed a lack of awareness of what was going on around him and a lack of judgement. There were two other sailboats in the area headed into the marina, one smaller than me, furling sails, the other a 35 footer.
I spoke to the fellow on the 35-footer and he agreed. He was also concerned that the power boater was causing unnecessary erosion on the banks of the lake - it's kind of a narrow stretch at that point.
I know the boat; I walk past it on the way to my slip. I don't know him, so I give him the benefit of the doubt. Was he wrong? Should I say something to him? What should I say?