Knobs on the river

 I was down the river today with the kids at sandy beach Bassendean and the amount of guys smashing past at 20 knots plus was unbelievable.  I think the 5 knot speed limit is nuts, but with kids in the water, maybe 10 knots would be suitable.  I reckon marine and safety could clean up parked up that end of the river.

seperatly, someone had left a full hand reel with a running sinker hooked to a tree which one of my boys got caught on, people need to clean up there rubbish.



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hey pitty

Sat, 2015-10-17 20:34

I know what you mean as I know that stretch of the river very well (grew up around them parts) and it has always been an under rated and cruisy place to spend some time on weekends with the family. I hope those who think that speeding past at 20kots get the wake up call from the authorities however it has been happening for years,

if people want to speed one the river, stick to the open speed limit areas or the ski parks





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 The 5 knot limit is designed

Sat, 2015-10-17 20:36

 The 5 knot limit is designed to minimize boat wash more than for safety.  At ten knots most boats push out a lot of water.  It is an area that is usually policed quite often.  Crazy going through that area at high speed.


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 I rang the Water

Sat, 2015-10-17 21:38

 I rang the Water Police/Marine Safety after one long weekend when there were idiot biscuiting between Basso and Guildford. They're too busy enforcing the rules around the Western Suburbs Yacht clubs to give a fuck


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 I can tell you from personal

Sat, 2015-10-17 21:48

 I can tell you from personal experience of working at one of those areas, that is not true.  Absolutely not true.  


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 Everytime I drive past

Sun, 2015-10-18 07:41

 Everytime I drive past Bicton I see Marine Safety stopping someone driving margainly above the speed limit. Last summer I fished the upper Swan at least 15 times and never saw marine safety once yet saw boats flogging it at 10+ knots and smashing the banks up. Which part of what I said is absulutely not true?


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 Both have their bases down

Sun, 2015-10-18 10:57

 Both have their bases down in fremantle so naturally you'll see them there a lot more.  When i was there we made a point of patrolling all rhe way to middle swan bridge.


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Things have definitely

Sun, 2015-10-18 17:11

Things have definitely changed then since you were there and if you know anyone there it'd be worth putting in a word as I have never seen them doing patrols upriver. It is like the wild west up around Basso and Guildford and people are now ski biscuiting in that section of the river. I contacted Marine Safety to ask them to at least patrol on public holiday weekends but still never seen them. The banks around that area are more precious than some rich prick's yacht mooring.


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 Yer 5knots is to stop

Sun, 2015-10-18 05:49

 Yer 5knots is to stop errosion, the big boats that cruise up there make plenty of wake at 5 knots opposed to a tinny,so no chance it being 10

And marine authorities do frequent that part of the river just not as much as the should.

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Don't feel left out

Sun, 2015-10-18 06:17

 We cruise the lower part of the river from Nedlands to Freo quite often and there are plenty of people who don't follow the speed limits there, and I can't ever recall seeing the water police or marine safety stopping anyone.




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 Yeah ususally when I'm down

Sun, 2015-10-18 06:48

 Yeah ususally when I'm down Applecross way some wanker in their big wank boat will cut across the back of me while trolling ang cut my lures off. It's happened twice now. I remember many years ago when in my old boat we were cruising the upper reaches when we came acrross water police etc , they were trying to find someone who had been flipped out of their tinny by a passing Yank navy boat doing about 30 knots. We know this because we saw them hammering up the river. They eventually found the guy's body two days later. Good reminder to slow down along there.


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probably the same wankers

Sun, 2015-10-18 07:30

 that were flying past us within 20 mins outside bathers beach whilst we were on anchor


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Parachute flare

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plenty near Pt. Walter

Sun, 2015-10-18 11:33

 Coming back in on the mates tinny the other day and we were nearly t-boned by a larger tinny which 5 dudes were trying to fly past a regatta of boats headed upstream near the boat ramp channel. they were trying to get in front of them so they didnt have to wait for them / go around and nearly took us out. I like the parachute flare idea. 

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 Did a run upstream a couple

Sun, 2015-10-18 12:45

 Did a run upstream a couple of weeks ago and had the whole river to myself. Only boat I saw was a trust boat. My rig does 5 knots just clicked into gear. Lucky.


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Mobile phone picture

Sun, 2015-10-18 15:06

In this day and age when just about everyone has a mobile phone that takes short videos and pictures, take a video or picture that shows the boat rego and be prepared to make a statement to the relevant authorities. If they can't get a conviction on that surely they could go around and see the boat owner and have "a chat" with them.

Perhaps a short story from the authorities in the paper about everyone with a mobile phone can help stop this flagrant dangerous activity by reporting it with pictures which they will act on and can lead to a prosecution.

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 That is exactly what I was

Sun, 2015-10-18 15:22

 That is exactly what I was thinking.  I see no need to go that quick up the river.  Though I still think when it was 8 knots it was a bit better, particularly as some boats seem to plane better and make less wake at that speed.

Probably should mention there was a couple of blokes and a lady fishing out of their kayaks, while we there, and the lady got a nice size brim, would have been middle of the afternoon around 1500.



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Sun, 2015-10-18 16:10

Early this year there were some knobs skiing in front of sandy beach and up to pickering park. They tried to swamp me in my canoe and I called the water police. They had already had complaints and said they were on the way.
2 hours later they arrived just as the motely crew were retrieving the boat on the ramp.
They got fined for no boat rego, and no skippers ticket.
I had footage on my gopro of them but the authorities weren't interested.
At least they got some fines issued.

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Sun, 2015-10-18 16:16

THE 5 KNOT IS A ROYAL PAIN. 8 knots more bearable..
I know my boat puts out a wake you can wakeboard off at 5 knots and drops to half the size at 8 knots...
Was up there last weekend and thought the same all the other boats big and small with noo regards to the speed limit. was tempted to flout the limit my self but you lknow Murphy. and sure enough round the bend back to maylands ramp and water police got a boat pulled up having a chat....

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 In other parts of the

Sun, 2015-10-18 17:25

 In other parts of the country they have "no wash" zones.  So you basically go at a speed that does leave a wake.


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 Hard to enforce, as you

Sun, 2015-10-18 17:50

 Hard to enforce, as you would know your opinion of no wash vs my opinion would make it hard for 'em

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No different then the road

Sun, 2015-10-18 17:35

 Arseholes every where that think the law doesn't apply to them, of those jetski morons at the beach, not talking about the boys on here


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