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Old 07-28-2013, 02:05 PM   #61
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I have a VHS of home movies shot by John Wayne and others. Here's a comment by the Duke on drinking.
Not sure which side of the drinking stance the post is supposed to comment on....

I don't care if someone doesn't drink...cracks me up when someone who drinks thinks they can lecture others. The statistics of alcohol and fatalities has been sensationalized and shown to be incorrect not only on HOW the data was gathered...but how it was/is applied.

Let's get back to distracted driving...both cars and boats...then we can seriously talk about qualifications (or lack of) and abilities (or lack of) so I can easily show why almost no one should be allowed to drive a recreational boat....

But I'd rather stick to a much simple and more realistic topic of getting run over by a freighter..
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Old 07-28-2013, 04:02 PM   #62
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Maybe it would be best to learn the difference between a diagnosis and an opinion.

We had a licensed captain aboard with many years of commercial experience. The crew, collectively had over 100 years of blue water experience.

Is there a subject you don't feel compelled to lecture on?

I like Rick B's "lectures'.

I've learned a lot from them in the past 6 months and if i don't agree, i still like hearing a different viewpoint.

That's what makes this forum so valuable.

And by the way, the guy that got run over, didn't he have a commercial captain on board??

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I like 'em too. Unless they're directed at me, of course.
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Old 07-28-2013, 04:28 PM   #64
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Maybe he only lecture on things he knows about AND lectures as if a teacher to student...not necessarily in any other fashion.

Guess things are all relative depending where you sit.
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If not plastered, then certainly impaired in some other way.
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Maybe it would be best to learn the difference between a diagnosis and an opinion.
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Old 07-28-2013, 05:48 PM   #66
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OK...OK...STOP Teach!!!!! I hate homework..
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Old 07-28-2013, 05:58 PM   #67
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Not sure which side of the drinking stance the post is supposed to comment on....
The "stance" as you put it, doesn't support either side of the drinking question. It does, however, point out what one beloved American thought.
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Yes!!! Citations!!! Does getting citations thrown at you by RickB allow me to move up from "senior member" to "guru"? Surely this is a right of passage.

Rick, why do you feel it necessary to make assumptions about an incident that happened to me and about which you have zero first-hand knowledge? I was expressing a conviction that the tug captain was in some way impaired based on interaction with him and observing his actions. We didn't administer a breathalizer (which I suppose you would have challenged as well) but it seemed "certain" to all of us (who were actually present) that there was some sort of impairment. Could we be wrong? Sure, but I don't think so. Anyway, sorry my story presented too great a temptation to pontificate about the shortcomings of recreational boaters.
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Old 07-28-2013, 06:39 PM   #69
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The "stance" as you put it, doesn't support either side of the drinking question. It does, however, point out what one beloved American thought.
I can sympathize with John Wayne's remark about not trusting people who are a tad "different"...and in today's world I can sympathize
with those that don't drink....

As I said before..it's the people that like to talk about "alcohol" in a vacuum and blame it for things that "other" reasons are the root cause that piss me off.

It's the new world where "political correctness" and "lying to one's self" is the norm.
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Rick, why do you feel it necessary to make assumptions about an incident that happened to me and about which you have zero first-hand knowledge?

Well, since you asked ... I haven't made any assumptions, at least none that I have posted here.

All the assumptions posted on this thread have been those of others.

I know nothing of the incident, and never posted a single thought about it. I have read what you published as a certainty and feel that at a reader I am entitled to comment on what any reasonable person might interpret as an accusation of impairment of a professional in the performance of his duties.

If you knew with certainty that the the person on the radio was impaired, did you pass that "knowledge" along to the CG? Not all that certain or just decide to let it slide until pulling it out when a sea story is called for? Didn't care if someone else was placed in harm's way because of a certainly impaired operator?
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No assumptions? Or does framing them as questions mean they don't count?

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If you knew with certainty that the the person on the radio was impaired, did you pass that "knowledge" along to the CG? Not all that certain or just decide to let it slide until pulling it out when a sea story is called for? Didn't care if someone else was placed in harm's way because of a certainly impaired operator?
Can't tell you why the captain didn't raise the Coast Guard on that night 20 years ago--perhaps he should have. Possibly he thought it might not be a priority for them 300 or so miles offshore.

You have every right to comment, of course; as I do to ask how you came to be the grand inquisitor of the Trawler Forum.
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Just as a sidenote- a new law in WA went into effect today-LE can take a breathalyzer test on the water. same standard as DUI, BUI is now a gross misdemeanor, $5,000 fine and up t0 364 days in jail. Refusal to take the breath test is an automatic civil infraction, ie a ticket.

Also, in the John Wayne piece, the writer of the article said Wayne's captain "died from a fatal heart attack.' Wonder if anyone has died from a non-fatal heart attack.
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Also, in the John Wayne piece, the writer of the article said Wayne's captain "died from a fatal heart attack.' Wonder if anyone has died from a non-fatal heart attack.
Self explanatory! Non fatal!
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Just as a sidenote- a new law in WA went into effect today-LE can take a breathalyzer test on the water. same standard as DUI, BUI is now a gross misdemeanor, $5,000 fine and up t0 364 days in jail. Refusal to take the breath test is an automatic civil infraction, ie a ticket.

Also, in the John Wayne piece, the writer of the article said Wayne's captain "died from a fatal heart attack.' Wonder if anyone has died from a non-fatal heart attack.
When you say LE can take a breathalyzer...what departments?

The USCG has been able to do it there (or anywhere) ever since breathalyzers were approved evidence in courts....at least in federal court but usually they just enforce the BUI of the state.
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Ohh, good. Back to the original topic.

This incident got me thinking about buying an inexpensive home CCTV system with maybe 4 cameras. One ahead, one behind (from the flybridge or mast), maybe one in the engine room and one extra somewhere.

Running from the lower helm would be safer, and monitoring the engine room from the flybridge would be nice. I know some security systems have "night" cameras, not sure how they'd do in a dark engine room, but it's a thought.
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Ohh, good. Back to the original topic.

This incident got me thinking about buying an inexpensive home CCTV system with maybe 4 cameras. One ahead, one behind (from the flybridge or mast), maybe one in the engine room and one extra somewhere.

Running from the lower helm would be safer, and monitoring the engine room from the flybridge would be nice. I know some security systems have "night" cameras, not sure how they'd do in a dark engine room, but it's a thought.

Up close they are fine as the LED infrared illuminates (and I know there are different specs) out to about 15-20 feet or so...not useful as a traffic identifier and seeing nav lights on a small screen I think would be difficult.

I'm still not sure why people on a TRAWLER forum are so worried about traffic in general (sure in confined waters, narrow channels)...but at speeds up to 8 knots or so...I leave the wheel and walk around whether on autopilot or not...sometimes to get a better view, sometimes just to get the blood flowing.

I could see this issue maybe with 25 knots boats or so...something I never really did as a delivery captain...but on my boat...at 6.3 knots I'm hardly ever at the wheel.
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PS-as far as I am aware from looking at the new law, it addresses local LE with respect to the breathalyzer. The Seattle police have a pretty active marine unit. That should also include the fish & game guys as well.

DUI (and BUI) have recently become a really big issue in WA as there have been several horrific accidents in the last six months or so in the Seattle area.

Like you, I do a walk-around on a very regular basis. I do have a rear-facing camera (installed for docking) and it really does not help that much as it is a pretty wide angle lens and the distance view is a bit distorted.
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When you say LE can take a breathalyzer...what departments?

The USCG has been able to do it there (or anywhere) ever since breathalyzers were approved evidence in courts....at least in federal court but usually they just enforce the BUI of the state.
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Washington State law / courts only recognize tests conducted on a "Breathalyzer" (BAC), BAC is not portable and about the size of a desk top PC laid on its side or take the driver to a clinic for a blood draw. Wa. LE Officers can use a handheld PBT to determine intoxication, but it's not mandatory, no penalty for refusing and the PBT results can not be admitted as evidence in court .

The Fed's and some other states allow the use of Portable Breath Test devices (PBT's) and taking their PBT test is manditory, the results are admissible in their court system.

A revised Washington BUI law went into effect July 1st.
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Changed BUI from a Misdemeanor to a Gross Misdemeanor
Increased the penalties for BUI in several areas. The penalty for refusing to submit to a breath test is $1000. Conviction of BUI was raised to $5000.
The legislature also revised the current law to include testing for Marijuana and set a presumptive level of "under the influence" of THC, since it's legal here now.
It also empowered State Law Enforcement Officers with authority to conduct boating accident investigations and issue State charges.
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Ohh, good. Back to the original topic.

This incident got me thinking about buying an inexpensive home CCTV system with maybe 4 cameras. One ahead, one behind (from the flybridge or mast), maybe one in the engine room and one extra somewhere.

Running from the lower helm would be safer, and monitoring the engine room from the flybridge would be nice. I know some security systems have "night" cameras, not sure how they'd do in a dark engine room, but it's a thought.
I recently did this in the ER and am pleased with the results. We discussed on this thread. I have not connected a rear facing camera. I'm thinking of getting a GoPro to record fishing activity. It might not have the resolution needed for boat ID at a distance, though.

Camera's and power requirements
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