no wake zones????
August 21, 2006 at 1:42pm
For the record, this is the STATE law on no wake zones...please note that I do not condone tearing up people equipment or land with a wake on a boat....but some places, now ake zones are getting ridiculous....I carry a copy of this in my boat at all times, and have used it once or twice....yet to get a ticket....
Revised Statute 33:1236
(63)(a) The governing authority of any parish with a population of not less than four hundred twenty-five thousand whose boundaries are not coterminous with a single municipality may adopt an ordinance which establishes a maximum allowable wake created by any vessel on the waterways of that parish, if such waterways are within the boundaries or immediately abutting any national park. The maximum allowable wake established by such ordinance, regardless of the speed or size of the vessel, may be fifteen inches in vertical height measured from the ambient tide level to the crest of the vessel's bow wave at a distance not less than twenty-five feet from the vessel. "No Wake" zones shall be posted on any waterways affected by such ordinance.
(b) The governing authority may adopt an ordinance which defines "wake" as all changes in the vertical level of the water's surface caused by the passage of a vessel including, but not limited to, a vessel's bow wave, stern wave, and propeller wash. Such ordinance shall not authorize a vessel proceeding with a wake of fifteen inches or less to travel at a speed in excess of the posted speed limit when in restricted areas.
(c) The governing authority may exempt from the provisions of such ordinance, any person operating a vessel as a participant in or during officially sanctioned trial runs preceding or following a lawfully permitted regatta or boat race, or any governmental officer or employee operating a law enforcement, United States Coast Guard, or fire or rescue vessel in the performance of his duties.
(d) The governing authority may adopt an ordinance which allows law enforcement personnel to use mechanical, electronic, or photographic measuring devices during the enforcement of such ordinance.
(e) The governing authority may adopt an ordinance which provides that any person who violates the provisions of such ordinance may be fined fifty dollars for the first offense, one hundred dollars for the second offense, and two hundred dollars for the third and all subsequent offenses.
Now, if you read it thoroughly, you will see that Parishes can only put in a LEGAL no wake zone if that parish has at least 425,000 residents, and the waterway in quesion is in or abutting a national park...With a couple of exceptions.....
Revised Statute 34:851.27
C. In addition to speed limits established by any governing authority of any parish or municipality under the provisions of this Section, there are hereby established certain "no-wake" zones where each vessel shall operate at bare steerage speed, the slowest speed the vessel can travel while allowing the operator to maintain directional control of the vessel to produce the minimum water surface turbulence. The "no-wake" zones are established on all waterways within three hundred feet of any of the following facilities:
(1) A public boat launch.
(2) A public docking facility adjacent to a public boat launch.
ALL a Parish can do that does not fall under the first RS is establish a speed limit (which is stated in RS 34:851.27). You may be given a speeding ticket, but not a ticket for violating a no wake zone...at least not unless you just get the ticket and pay for it.....
Anyway, again, pretty crappy to damage someone's stuff by not being respectful and slowing down by camps, boats, or houses, but I ain't slowing down in a bare banked canal that I have been running in for years....