By Meg Hagerty
While the blue waters of 32-mile-long Lake George seem safe enough, danger may lurk just beyond the next wave.
Early season swimmers develop hypothermia after diving in the cold lake, inexperienced pedal boats and kayakers venture into open water, boats sail through the night without navigation lights, ships run aground or their propellers are damaged by rocks because operators do not understand the different signal buoys.
Then there are the ships towing children on tubes that pass through the prows of larger, less maneuverable boats, and the operators who commit speed violations in the canals – all actions that bother Scott Padeni.
Through her recently published handbook, “The Essential Boater’s Guide to Lake George”, Padeni has made it her personal mission to educate tourists and locals about the dangers that can befall them, so they can spend their time enjoying of the lake responsibly.
“When someone picks up this book, they will know exactly what they need: the regulations, who has to wear a life jacket in the boat at all times, what the hours of operation are, what the rules are for jets. skis. I’m pretty confident that I have 99% of what they need in this book, “said Padeni.
The author will be signing books on August 21 at Trees Adirondack Gifts and Books in Bolton Landing.
Tour boat operator Horicon, also a professional archaeologist and licensed U.S. Coast Guard captain, spends many hours on the lake each week and says the dozen violations he sees daily come from ‘a lack of understanding of the “rules of the road”. “