This note isn't intended to start a flamefest or directed at any forum users in particular ... I just thought I'd share my observations from the last couple of days on the river.
The number of powerboats coming down from the bridge to dip is WAY up this year ... apparently due in part to powerhead regs on the Kenai and perhaps due to the week-end and big counts.
Most of the powerboats coming down have been very courteous and have kept noise and wakes down around the driftboats and through the homes in the narrow piece of water above the tideflats. Many smaller boats, especially Zodiacs, cartoppers, and some smaller sleds have been doing it for a number of years and life has alwys been good.
But a few in recent days have been complete jerks ... I watched one boat running a 200 HP pump nearly run a drifter over last night behind us and with the load of people and gear in his boat he put his wake over the side of our drifter while we were anchored on tide.
Please keep in mind that driftboats are not meant to handle large waves from the side and hitting a boat with one is very dangerous for them, especially, the smaller, narrower boats that many local privates run down here ... and many of them are not very good on the oars.
I know of at least rock throwing incident last night but not all the details ... UGLY
The lower river residents are not terriblly happy with the noise of fully cranked up inboards and large outboards and are already talking about trying to rectify things down the road via regulation.
As I say most have been been very nice and I don't mind seeing them go down to do their thing ... but if the actions of a few continue, I think the welcome will be wore out from many Kasilof residents, myself included.
So please respect the local residents along the river and the driftboaters that are at the mercy of your wake. Thanks