Yesterday my 40’ catamaran was anchored 150 yards off the Richenbach Causeway near Key Biscayne, when I heard a sports fishing boat approach. It wasn’t on a collision course, but it was close. It’s loud engines told me immediately it was too close. Close enough and going fast enough to create a 4-5 foot wake. Something akin to what a surfer might enjoy riding. I immediately waved for him to slow down, but it was too late and he was too oblivious to our situation and it immediacy he was about to create. He was in too preoccupied by his own thoughts to be concerned by some nearby sitting ducks.
There is enough room in the sea for everyone, but it isn’t a safe place. Not because Nature is dangerous, but because people are. Especially when boaters fail to pay attention or to respect others. Their engender ill will.
The image of a golden retriever playing in a kid pool with a duck may appear cute, but think about it - the uninvited dog takes away the duck’s peaceful pool. The dog aggravates the smaller duck to the point it has to defend itself againstthe canine. This mentality of the fun-seeking boater is another example of an unwanted interruption.
Ifyou aren’t ready for their ignorance, you better duck.