The Captain’s 10 Commandments (break them at your peril).
Wave-breaker arguments light up Facebook forums, typically started by pansies behind perspex. For those who have seen the light – and want to join the dark side by fitting a wave-breaker, be sure to follow these 10 commandments.
- The wave-breaker shall always be fitted with a wind deflector strong enough to deflect a leaping 300kg mako shark.
- Wave-breakers shall always be made of fibreglass, plywood or carbon.
- Perspex is permitted in wave-breakers, but shall occupy no more than 60 per cent of the surface area. Windows must always be bevelled and never butt up against another window.
- The wave-breaker shall sit at an angle between 10 degrees and 30 degrees. Any boat fitted with an angle less than 10 per cent shall be classified as a barge.
- Aluminium boats cannot have wave-breakers. A screen resembling a wave-breaker shall be referred to as a “turret”.
- Wave-breakers shall be no shorter than 30cm and no longer than 80cm from the join of the top deck to the top of the breaker.
- The owner of the boat shall always have the final say on the height of the wave-breaker. You may be the driver, you may be short and you may be outspoken ‑ we just don’t care.
- Wave-breakers shall never be walk-through. Ever. A hinge fitted to a wave-breaker will result in automatic disqualification.
- These items may be fitted to wave-breakers: Clears, stainless canopies, aerials, riggers and search lights. These items shall never be fitted to wave-breakers: wake-board towers, arm-rests and plastic cup holders.
- Oh, rear-view mirrors shall not be fitted, either. Let’s be honest, they’ll never catch you in your 600HP blue-water battleaxe anyway.