Powered Boat User Representative – Paul Senior
As a founder member of the WLUF I have represented Powered Boats since 2007. The definition of powered boats include all boats whose primary source of power is a motor.
Recently the WLUF have decided that powered sailboats although considered powered boats by the LDNPA and therefore have to be registered on the lake under the LDNPA powered boat registration scheme; that their concerns will now be represented by the two representatives for sailors. This leaves a variety of powered boats that commonly use the lake. These include steamboats, classic powered boats, traditional water skiing sports boats, racing boats, hydroplanes, jet skis, Ribs, small inflatables with outboards, small rowing boats with outboards including char boats, electric boats, amphibious vehicles and all cabin cruisers.
Since March 2005 when the 10 nmph speed limit was introduced unfortunately this group of users have sometimes opposing opinions eg. Fast powered boaters generally do not like the 10nmph speed limit as it reduces their previous enjoyment, whereas slower boats such as steam boaters enjoy the new speed limit. The representative for powered boats constantly has to equally represent the opinions of all powered boaters.
There are over 4300 powered boats on the lake and of course many thousands of family members use this form of recreation.