The other thread prompted me to ask something I’ve been wondering about for a bit.
The under sail vs. power right-of-way has been drilled in, but other than the obvious liability if you hurt someone, what is the right-of-way of a “personally propelled craft?” It may have been discussed in the safe boating class I took a few years back, but I don't recall.
Kayaks seem to be getting more popular by the week, and it’s really surprising there aren’t more accidents. We’ve got quite a few out around here most good days. I unfailingly control my wake and even try to respect their “personal private space” when practical.
I also try to watch oncoming traffic and have run interference when a larger boat was coming on hard. Most times the kayakers nod and do the there-goes-another-idiot eye roll, but one guy in particular gave me one of the worst looks of my life. He was paddling perpendicular to the channel ahead of me and looked intent on heading across. There were three sport fishing boats traveling the channel and another one cutting through the water to his stern. I slowed on the edge of the channel ‘cause I figured the three sport fishers might slow down a bit for the two of us. (I’m in a 12’ Carolina Skiff BTW) I was never closer than 30 feet from him, and basically idling, but he got really mad at me???
There’s no way he could of crossed the channel ahead of the big boats, and I was never in his path, just kindof hanging back ‘til the traffic passed. Maybe I broke his rhythm, or did he want to go to port and take the wakes bow on???
So kayakers educate me, and anyone else that’s reading this who doesn’t understand how they handle, about what your needs are. Also, what is the proper way for a kayak to cross a traffic channel???