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WAKES... NO WAKES.... When passing in front of a Marina...

Regulations concerning wake effects, wake damage, and responsibility in Lake Champlain...
 Regarding one's wake, vessels over 0 Gross Tons are specifically required by Title 33 CFR 164.11 to set the vessel's speed with consideration for...the damage that might be caused by the vessel's wake.

Further, there may be State or local laws which specifically address "wake" for the waters in question.

While vessels under 0 GT are not specifically required to manage their speed in regards to wake, they are still required to operate in a prudent matter which does not endanger life, limb, or property (46 USC 2302):

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46 USC Sec. 2302 01/03/2012 (112-90)

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TITLE 46 - SHIPPING
Subtitle II - Vessels and Seamen
Part A - General Provisions
CHAPTER 23 - OPERATION OF VESSELS GENERALLY

-HEAD-
Sec. 2302. Penalties for negligent operations and interfering with
safe operation

-STATUTE-
(a) A person operating a vessel in a negligent manner or
interfering with the safe operation of a vessel, so as to endanger
the life, limb, or property of a person is liable to the United
States Government for a civil penalty of not more than $5,000 in
the case of a recreational vessel, or $25,000 in the case of any
other vessel.
(b) A person operating a vessel in a grossly negligent manner
that endangers the life, limb, or property of a person commits a
class A misdemeanor.

Rule 2 - Responsibility

(a) Nothing in these Rules shall exonerate any vessel, or the owner, master, or crew thereof, from the consequences of any neglect to comply with these Rules or of the neglect of any precaution which may be required by the ordinary practice of seamen, or by the special circumstances of the case.

(b) In construing and complying with these Rules due regard shall be had to all dangers of navigation and collision and to any special circumstances, including the limitations of the vessels involved, which may make a departure from these Rules necessary to avoid immediate danger.

which, among other things, could be unsafe speeds (Rule 6):

Rule 6 - Safe Speed

Every vessel shall at all times proceed at a safe speed so that she can take proper and effective action to avoid collision and be stopped within a distance appropriate to the prevailing circumstances and conditions.

Rule 5 - Lookout

Every vessel shall at all times maintain a proper look-out by sight and hearing as well as by all available means appropriate in the prevailing circumstances and conditions so as to make a full appraisal of the situation and of the risk of collision.

or completely ignoring your responsibilities as prescribed by the Navigation Rules.

As to whether or not a particular vessel is responsible for the damage it creates is a question of law and fact that is best left to the Courts. For more information, contact your local Marine Patrol or State Boating Law Administrator:

NY Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Marine Services Bureau
Albany NY 12238-0001


Boat Accident Report Database
Larry Migliozzi
Marine Services Bureau
Albany, NY 12238-0001
Phone: 518.474.0445
Fax: 518.408.1030

Boating Law Administrator
Brian Kempf
Marine Services Bureau
Albany, NY 12238-0001

Phone: 518.474.0445

Enforcement
Robert Williams
Marine Services Bureau
Albany, NY 12238-0001
Phone: 518.402.5626
Fax: 518.408.1030

VERMONT STATE
VT State Police Marine Division
2777 St George Rd
Williston VT 05495-7429

Boating Law Administrator
Sgt J R Underhill
2777 St George Rd
Williston, VT 05495-7429

Phone: 802.878.7111 x2207