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Enforcing "No Wake"
In "No wake" legislation in the small vessel regulations, the two most important points to consider are: (1) Protect human life. (2) Protect property.
The law in Ontario says that power-boaters must slow down to 10 kilometres an hour (jogging speed) within 30 meters (size of a basketball court) of a shoreline. If you are caught going faster than the speed limit, you can be fined up to $500.00.
One of the most effective enforcement techniques is "peer pressure". Next time you are talking to your parents or neighbours, tell them about the importance of controlling wake and wash damage.
Note: Boats are not the only water vessels that cause damage. Personal watercraft, such as Sea-Doos and Jet Skis, also produce a wake and cause many of the same problems already described.
Helpful hint: If you don't have a speedometer, remember that most boats travelling 10 kilometres an hour or less generate little or no wake.
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