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Old 03-20-2015, 04:38 PM   #21
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I had a bridge tender in Seattle scream at me with his loud hailer as I went through on a sailboat. He seemed to think that there was no problem with my VHF radio scraping along the underside of the bridge.
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Old 03-20-2015, 04:41 PM   #22
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Agree... what I'm hearing on Ch 9 from the bridge tenders, is "There's the tide board; it's your call Cap." Personally, if it's that close, I'd rather it be my call...
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Old 03-20-2015, 04:58 PM   #23
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Sisters Creek just North of Jacksonville, Florida was the friendliest ever with saying "if its within 2 feet capt, we will open no questions". It may have been more but I know it was at least 2 feet.

Obviously the ones with heavy car traffic are probably under greater scrutiny....but why should it be any harder than looking at the tide board/charted clearance, lower anything that is made to come down easily, and pass through or request an opening because you are within a couple feet of getting under.
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Old 03-20-2015, 05:35 PM   #24
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I've had Florida bridges opened well over 100 times total. I've never had a problem. Now the fact that I'm not borderline and it isn't antennas pushing me over may well be why. However, I've heard others have problems and typically they've deserved them. Primary reason I've heard was those who did not know the schedules, especially during morning rush hour when the car owner are angry that they're ever opened. Other than that, it's primarily been sportfishermen with 15' boat heights and double that with antennas and outriggers. One other factor in South Florida is that often there will be other boats and so the bridge is opening anyway.

Last: I engage in extreme politeness and respect and show full recognition that they are the one in power and I'm the one in need. And upon going through thank them and wish them a good day as they do have memories.
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good policy... cooperation/consideration helps ease the passage and knowing the schedules is a big help... I sometimes hear captains say they're slowing down to time the next opening of the George Musson bridge.. that bridge opens every 20 min; on the hour and @ 20 min intervals.. As Si says... Happy, happy, happy/
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Old 03-20-2015, 07:13 PM   #26
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good policy... cooperation/consideration helps ease the passage and knowing the schedules is a big help... I sometimes hear captains say they're slowing down to time the next opening of the George Musson bridge.. that bridge opens every 20 min; on the hour and @ 20 min intervals.. As Si says... Happy, happy, happy/
The bridges around us all have schedules and they're mostly coordinated for you to go between them at a moderate speed and hit each one about right. Now, there are a couple that you can't make it if you go 7 knots or if you play around doing something else along the way. If your boat only goes 7 knots though it wouldn't seem to be your nature to be in a hurry. One day we observed a boat that got through one bridge, pull out of the channel and we don't know what they were doing, but we were out of sight while they were still sitting. Apparently they started on then and they just raked the tender over the coals because he didn't wait, saying that was as fast as their boat would go. Obviously they didn't realize the tender was watching and fully aware of what they did. This tender's response was harsh. He basically told them if they harassed him any more he'd call the authorities and they'd never make it through the bridge. Well, they didn't make it through the next opening as by then a FWC boat had pulled alongside them and was talking and I'm guessing checking all their equipment, just an excuse to cause them further delay and support the tender. We spoke to the tender on the phone on our way back and that's when we learned that part. The tender did not notify FWC but they were listening.
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Last: I engage in extreme politeness and respect and show full recognition that they are the one in power and I'm the one in need. And upon going through thank them and wish them a good day as they do have memories.
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