Ch 16 is pretty boring here on Moreton Bay also. Does give me good radio checks for how far my radio can pick up from though.
However, although the following is kind of funny....
Originally Posted by bobofthenorth
She was afraid they were about to run aground because they couldn't get their engine running.
I can sort of sympathise, as early in our experience with our present boat, (like about the 2nd time out), we were caught one day trying to dock in an adverse wind where we
had to abort out first approach, and back out to try again. At that time I was renting a berth which was just one removed from the end of the finger nearest the gate, and there is a sloping rock wall along the edge, and we had to loop in hard to starboard and go round to the far side of the berth to tie up. We lost way in the movement, and ended up in a position where I could not bring the bow or stern around and we were drifting relentlessly towards the rocks, about to touch any second. There was no way I would never call out on ch 16 in that situation, but I did call out - to a guy watching and looking at boats on the bank, and asked him to come down and take the end of an offered boat-hook and shove - which he did, and I was then clear enough to give her a burst hard over and head into the berth again, calling out my thanks as we went. That was the last and only time I have even really wished she was fitted with a bow thruster.
PS. (We have since bought a berth the other side of the finger, where we turn in to port, and come up against the berth, with starboard side to the berth, which is much better, as the pilot door is on that side also.)