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Old 10-11-2016, 04:02 PM   #21
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On Tuesday we were cruising down Chesapeake Bay to Norfolk, VA following the route we have used for years. I received a phone call and turned the volume on the VHF way down. About a half hour later we were chased down by a navy patrol boat. They pulled alongside and asked if I had a VHF. I said of course. They said they had been calling me and I had ignored their broadcasts about a military security zone comprised of a 6 mile X 6 mile area. I said I never heard them. They asked what channel was I on and I said 16/13.

They then instructed me to follow them. I did. I then discovered that I had never raised the VHF volume after my phone call. They then passed me off to a second patrol boat and instructed me to follow them. They escorted me out of the security zone. Then they instructed me to stay on a heading of 210 degrees to the Annapolis ship channel. They were courteous at all times and wished me a safe trip.

Now that my radio was back on I heard them contact another boat. They were told to head towards shore as they were 3 miles into the security zone. They were told to proceed at top speed for the safety of themselves and their vessel as a bomb was to be dropped shortly. Holy crap.
That sort of stuff happens on the Potomac River near a weapons testing range quite often. They shoot big guns down the river.


I was on the Chesapeake this past spring and heard them chasing boats out of that range. We were a few miles east of it.
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Old 10-11-2016, 06:47 PM   #22
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That sort of stuff happens on the Potomac River near a weapons testing range quite often. They shoot big guns down the river.


I was on the Chesapeake this past spring and heard them chasing boats out of that range. We were a few miles east of it.
Also near Cape Canaveral. They are not happy at all when they have to delay a launch.
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Old 10-11-2016, 09:27 PM   #23
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Now that I have some experience under my belt the Columbia Bar is no big deal if you do it right and under the right conditions.

This was our first experience just after we bought ASD and brought her up from S.F. Yes we just about bought the farm when a hugh wave put us broadside to the waves in the middle of the Bar and it was still open as others up and down the coast were closing.

The Alaskan Sea-Duction: The Big Voyage
You were there on a good day! Breaking 30 footers is a rough day. Big ships sometimes lay off shore and wait for better weather, and the bar was open for you. Guys get into trouble on the bar sometimes when the best thing to do is stay on the ocean and ride it out. My dad lost two friends trying to cross NW bar's in bad weather. He warned both of them not to try it. Glad you made it OK.
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