We regularly hear of the discomfort and danger caused by inconsiderate or untrained skippers who seem totally unaware of the effect of their vessel’s wake. Obviously, the real issue is “destructive wake” as from sports fishermen and hurricanes. Sailing vessels and trawlers, except maybe the newer fast trawlers, are rarely guilty of wake that endangers lives, disrupts navigation or destroys property. High powered, short waterline vessels designed to get to fishing grounds 60 miles offshore as quickly as possible are the usual suspects. Even smaller pleasure craft that slow down, then plow through an anchorage with bow up in the air, can be almost as dangerous and destructive. No wake speed adds very little time to the trip and teaches what boating is all about: patience!