Why do Boaters wave at Each other....

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by Siboatguy, Feb 13, 2019.

  1. Siboatguy

    Siboatguy Active Member

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  2. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    I drive a Jeep Wrangler as my everyday car. Some kind of rule about Jeep owners waving when they meet on the road. Kinda cool.
     
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  3. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    8.2 Mercs
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    260hp Alpha 1
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    You missed the best part of your link...
     
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  4. Jaybeaux

    Jaybeaux Active Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Same reason Harley riders, and motorcyclists in general, all wave.
     
  5. Third Edition

    Third Edition Active Member

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    T-8.1L V-drives
    If you drive a pickup up north everyone waves. They want to make friends with anyone who might be able to pull them out should the need arise. At least that's the theory.
     
  6. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Corvette owners too
     
  7. toddh

    toddh Member

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    350 MAG
    Because we're awesome!
     
  8. Todd320

    Todd320 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Twin V-drive 5.7L 350 Horizon
    When I travel to Tennessee, everyone gives a friendly 1 finger off the steering wheel wave as you pass on country roads, regardless of vehicle. Last years trip I noticed quite a few were raising all fingers. Maybe the protocol changed since my last trip, or maybe these were vacationers not familiar with the exact protocol?? (We travel there once a year, Byrdstown, TN, for a houseboat vacation). By the way, if anyone wants to swap Sea Rays for a week and you keep your boat on Dale Hollow Lake, let me know!
     
  9. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    I always wave at other Corvettes when I’m driving mine.
    “Save The Wave”
    When I drive my 68 GTO and encounter another 60’s muscle car it’s sometimes a wave, but more often a nod and thumbs up are exchanged.
    I wave at other vehicles sometimes when I’m behind the wheel of my daily driver too, but that’s usually the single finger version and generally directed at yellow cab drivers in Manhattan when I’m blocking them from cutting in front of me in traffic. Kind of a tradition here in NY. Most of them don’t speak English so it’s kind of a universal language we use with them to get our point across.....
     
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  10. WV 320 Dancer

    WV 320 Dancer Active Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Challenger owned were the same way at first but with over 1/2 a million on the road now not so much anymore.
     
  11. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
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    MTU Series 60
    I guess it evolves. For years I drove a Grand Cherokee (5 or 6) of them. A few Jeep waves, maybe 10-20% (those that were unsure of the protocol I guess).

    Then I switched to a Wrangler (much more fun) - wave % is in the high 90's.
     
  12. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    8.2 Mercs
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    260hp Alpha 1
    That is most likely based the perceptions of the different vehicles. The Cherokee just lacks the "cool" factor that the Wrangler has. In motor vehicles it is all based on the cool factor...

    All boats have a cool factor to most other boaters...

    MM
     
  13. Espos4

    Espos4 Active Member

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    Can any wrangler owners confirm this.........

    "They don't wave to Jeeps with square headlights"
     
  14. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    No wave for you ....if your a fisherman tied to a buoy in a channel or sitting in the middle of a channel fishing... Especially if you have square headlights..
     
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  15. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    8.2 Mercs
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    260hp Alpha 1
    We have a special one finger wave for those occasions...

    MM
     
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  16. Todd320

    Todd320 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

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    I always slow down for the fisherman in 20-24’ boats near the bridge just because a 3’ wake is no fun and you never know when someone is going to pop up on the other side of the bridge. On the way home, nearing dusk, but still light out? Just head right on through at normal speed. Normally, they have gone home by then and I see very few fishing boats out at that time, but if they are still fishing at that point, they can handle my wake.
     
  17. JimT

    JimT Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jul 7, 2009
    Charlotte, NC- LKN
    2010 330 Sundancer
    T-350mags w/BIIIs & Axius, 5.0 kw Kohler
    I wave to get an acknowledgment that the other boater sees me and knows I am there. The friendly factor is second.
     
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  18. carterchapman

    carterchapman Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2008
    Lake Chickamauga/Marietta, GA/Ft. Myers, FL
    2006 Sea Ray 58 DB
    MAN CRM V8-900s, Twin Disc Drives; Onan 21.5 Generator
    When there were more XK-Es on the road, we would always exchange hi beam flashes.
     
  19. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Oh I don't know... You sure that wasn't just an electrical problem? :)
     
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  20. carterchapman

    carterchapman Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2008
    Lake Chickamauga/Marietta, GA/Ft. Myers, FL
    2006 Sea Ray 58 DB
    MAN CRM V8-900s, Twin Disc Drives; Onan 21.5 Generator
    Joseph Lucas - THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS!! LOL. Somewhere I posted my experiences of flying with old Joe at night off the ship.

    Actually, my two E-types were not too bad ('69 & '73), I think the earlier ones were though! My '57 XK-140MC was rewired when it was restored.
     
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