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    Posted: August-29-2021 at 7:16pm
The picture below is from a local lake (Jordanelle State Park).  My daughter was on a neighbor's G25 SAN "surf barge" and watched the Park Rangers tow the upside-down boat in to the marina area.  Based on the rudder and tracking fins, I'd say this is a Malibu Response.  My daughter asked the local Rangers and the incident seems to have been caused by big surf wakes and poor driving by the Malibu operator.

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Two of my friends were hurt two weeks ago by one of the large surf barges.  My brother driving his Keaton Jet boat, 18' boat and my buddy driving his Pro Am Skier both came around a corner to find a 5-6' wake staring at them.   My brother broke two ribs when his boat hit the wake and my buddy was hurt by the hard jam to his rump and spine when his boat slammed down after the wake.   Lucky both boats were empty just running to the dock to pick up more people in our party.
Next day I was pulling a skier on great water and one of the surf barges decided to take off in front of me so I had to cut all power and dump the skier to avoid flying over his wake.  The guy could have waited 20 seconds and we would have been past him, but no, no courtesy at all.
We used to ski on the deep water channel that has all the large freighters hauling goods in it.  We could ski on glass water most of the day but one or two freighters would pass.  Those boats throw a  6' plus wave but they were 100 yards long and 50' high, you saw them coming from a long distance.   
We need some regulations, the wakes are beyond safe for other boaters.  I have surfed, I acknowledge it can be fun but it is not safe.
I can see how the boat was flipped, our boats were not built to run in 6' waves.
Sorry but that is my rant.
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Originally posted by MrMcD MrMcD wrote:

   
We need some regulations, the wakes are beyond safe for other boaters.  
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I agree and at least in some areas like mine, the regulations are coming. Not only due to the wakes being dangerous to other boaters but also the damage they are doing to the shorelines. 


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There was a time when you saw an inboard boat and you knew that they were experienced well mannered . Wallies didn't buy inboards. All of that changed with the surfship craze . Now anybody with the cash or credit wants to surf. I used to get mad at tubers and wave runners now its the surfships causing all the problems . They are mostly operated by rude uninformed drivers that don't look any farther back than their rider to see what's happening with the wake. I don't know where they got you need smooth water to surf? One or more surfships in any cove will tear it up for everybody . The banning is coming ?   
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The next must-have will be a 'Bow-Cam' so you can show video to the DNR & your insurance adjuster.
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Chris given what we've encountered this year i'm ready
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Last year was the worst here,but I notice this year on the weekends they are the first ones out in the morning 
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I agree the wakes can be annoying when you have to cross them in a smaller ski oriented (direct drive) type boat but I still do not understand how you could actually flip it over.  I assume it was likely swamped first and then rolled over as it was sinking? 

I don't enjoy crossing the surf wakes in my DD 216 but they can be done safely, you just need to slow down and throttle through them to keep the nose up.  If you have an inexperienced skier chances are they are going to fall if you pull them full speed through the wave so I typically slow down and sink them to protect the boat.  
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Catch one of those wakes on their inside corner anything bad is possible
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Maybe not poor driving just bad luck.  Wrong place at the wrong time.  A couple of those boats in the same area of the lake going in different directions can produce some enormous wakes when they start crossing each other.
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