Originally Posted by markpierce
Tell that to the commercial tug boat, which made no signa
l, leaving its berth to enter the Point Potrero Reach channel and appearing immediately in front of me from portside (causing me to stop). I've got to start pushing the five-short-and-quick-horn-signal button if just to emphasize other captains'/commanders' ineptitude.
Go ahead...you wouldn't be in the wrong as far as I know...there's nothing wrong with using the signal but you can also call on 16(to 13) or 13 and signal...if after the fact just mention it would be nice the next time.
Believe me there's enough cowboys on the water....no sense in letting them feel they can get away with it....
But I will say one thing about whistle signals...in many areas you are not going to hear them by the comms...they are loud and are discouraged in populated/crowded dock areas if there is a lot of activity.
In NJ they are practically non-existent except for the really important ones of restricted vis and the danger/doubt.