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Post  obervantone on Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:57 pm

Laconia Daily Sun:

"A daytime speed limit of 45 mph on Lake Winnipesaukee was hotly debated when it was put in place eight years ago, but experts say the restriction hasn’t had a big effect on public safety..."

" Public safety was the reason behind the speed limits, but Keenan said that, in his opinion, alcohol plays a much bigger role than speed in boating accidents."

"Capt. Tim Dunleavy, of the New Hampshire Marine Patrol, said his officers write five to 10 boat speeding tickets a year, with most coming after sunset, when the lower limit applies.  He said the speed limit law doesn’t seem to have affected accident numbers. Like Keenan, Dunleavy said he thinks alcohol is the greatest factor in boating accidents.  “Historically, we have had few speed-related accidents,” Dunleavy said. “The fact that accident numbers haven’t changed is no surprise."

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Post  Amy B on Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:20 am

Wasn't the last fatal accident the one that involved Erica Blizzard, the accident that made national headlines given the circumstances? Because a boat cannot be pulled over without probable cause perhaps some of our intoxicated boaters are slowing down to make sure they won't be stopped. This could well decrease the number and severity of accidents. But as we all know, even if a boat backs up and injures a skier with his propeller that counts in the accident data. No one suggested that a SL would have an effect on this kind of accident.
Quite frankly I'm pleased to see difference in terms of family friendly boating and the increased number of pontoon boats seen on the lake attests to this. If you read the forums on offshoreonly.com it is clear that Winnipesaukee is no longer a major destination for these obnoxious boats.
We have friends who live off rt. 171. They used to hear these boats all the way up there. That all changed 8 years ago.
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Post  WHL on Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:50 am

So Amy, are you for or against the speed limit?
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Post  obervantone on Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:56 pm

AMY B WROTE: If you read the forums on offshoreonly.com it is clear that Winnipesaukee is no longer a major destination for these obnoxious boats.
We have friends who live off rt. 171. They used to hear these boats all the way up there. That all changed 8 years ago.

ALSO PART OF THE LACONIA DAILY SUN STORY:
Kory Keenan, who sells Formula boats easily capable of breaking that speed limit, says there continues to be a big demand for fast boats, in the same way people want sports cars capable of 200 mph even though they never drive them that fast.

“How many people drive around in a Lamborghini and never open it up?” asked Keenan, manager of Paugus Bay Marina.

People like the handling and the look of fast boats, and the looks they get from others.

“I don’t think we’ll lose high-performance boats on this lake ever,” he said.

His biggest seller is the Formula 290 Bowrider, which has twin small-block V-8 engines. It can hit speeds over 50 mph. That is as fast as most people would ever want to go in a 29-foot boat.

There are quicker vessels out there, some able to reach speeds of more than 70 mph, but they have very limited seating.

So those "obnoxious" boats are still out there in numbers that rivaled past years.

And of course "Amy" continues to ignore those who are on the front line and know what is actually happening...
Marine Patrol Captain Tim Dunleavy:
the speed limit law doesn’t seem to have affected accident numbers

Bottom line, speed limits were not necessary and the legislature was lied to...pure and simple.

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Post  Amy B on Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:44 am

Well at least you kept your potty mouth under control this time.

The speed limit is here to stay and the many organizations that supported it would fight tooth and nail to preserve it.
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Post  WHL on Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:11 am

Guess you're for it.
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