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Old 09-13-2016, 01:18 PM   #121
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the Big Slow Boat Rule - but it took a while for me to get comfortable with that.
Wifey B: Size does matter. Most people are wise enough if they see a boat ten times their size, to avoid it.
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Old 09-13-2016, 01:20 PM   #122
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I don't think there was any real decision process involved there.

Just a near miss with Darwinism.
Wifey B: The problem was he didn't know the colregs.
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Wifey B: The problem was he didn't know the colregs.
And I'm guessing any lessons would be lost on him.

Except the fatal one.
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Old 09-13-2016, 02:42 PM   #124
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And I'm guessing any lessons would be lost on him.

Except the fatal one.
Wifey B: I'm hoping he was drunk or high. It just frightens me to think anyone would do that sober. Maybe PCP? Or on an acid trip?? Or .30 alcohol level?

We had someone coming dangerously close behind us, jumping our wake repeatedly and getting closer each time. We stopped and I walked to the swim platform. He pulled up close. He was about a 16 year old kid. I then said, "Sweetheart, you need to listen carefully. You do that one more time and we're reporting you to the Coast Guard. However, worse, I'm going to personally run you over and then take your PWC and cram it up your......., are we clear, darling?" I got a "yes ma'am" and he left.
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Wifey B: I'm hoping he was drunk or high. It just frightens me to think anyone would do that sober. Maybe PCP? Or on an acid trip?? Or .30 alcohol level?

We had someone coming dangerously close behind us, jumping our wake repeatedly and getting closer each time. We stopped and I walked to the swim platform. He pulled up close. He was about a 16 year old kid. I then said, "Sweetheart, you need to listen carefully. You do that one more time and we're reporting you to the Coast Guard. However, worse, I'm going to personally run you over and then take your PWC and cram it up your......., are we clear, darling?" I got a "yes ma'am" and he left.


I tip my hat to you madam. Well played!
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Wifey B: I'm hoping he was drunk or high. It just frightens me to think anyone would do that sober. Maybe PCP? Or on an acid trip?? Or .30 alcohol level?

We had someone coming dangerously close behind us, jumping our wake repeatedly and getting closer each time. We stopped and I walked to the swim platform. He pulled up close. He was about a 16 year old kid. I then said, "Sweetheart, you need to listen carefully. You do that one more time and we're reporting you to the Coast Guard. However, worse, I'm going to personally run you over and then take your PWC and cram it up your......., are we clear, darling?" I got a "yes ma'am" and he left.
LOL. Lots of young men don't need much chemical assistance to act stupidly. I have two boys - now 18 and 20 - who are starting to show some common sense, but they still seem to have to test their invincibility from time to time :-)
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LOL. Lots of young men don't need much chemical assistance to act stupidly. I have two boys - now 18 and 20 - who are starting to show some common sense, but they still seem to have to test their invincibility from time to time :-)
Wifey B: And often their "friends" are encouraging them to do stupid things the "friends" wouldn't do. That's another hard lesson to learn that many of your acquaintances aren't friends. If they're encouraging you to drink until you pass out, if they're encouraging you to try crazy things, they're not looking out after you but doing it for their amusement. It's like dares. I like dares but not those that put one in danger.
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Wifey B: Size does matter.
Are you absolutely sure about that ?
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Are you absolutely sure about that ?
If it's big and gets on a plane, it matters....
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Are you absolutely sure about that ?
Wifey B: No, I like small boats too, even dinghies.
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Wifey B: No, I like small boats too, even dinghies.
Ingenious answer & clever diversion !
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Wifey B: Size does matter.



If it's big and gets on a plane, it matters....
Funny !
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Wifey B: Size does matter.



If it's big and gets on a plane, it matters....
The corollary to the law of gross tonnage
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Old 09-13-2016, 05:55 PM   #134
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... This summer I spent a lot of time in Ontario cottage country in my trawler, and the first couple of busy weekends were white knuckle as I tried to plot a safe course through the countless PWCs and small boats buzzing around me, most at >5x my speed. Eventually I figured out that if I maintained my course and speed they would all avoid me....
Ever crossed a road in Saigon infested with hundreds of motor bikes? Same method applies, hold your course, they avoid you. Note: does not work sailboats, especially racing fleets, be they keelboats or dinghies.
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Usual racing rules say one must avoid ships in restricted waters.





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Old 09-13-2016, 08:22 PM   #136
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Usual racing rules say one must avoid ships in restricted waters.
I can't quote any 'racing rules' but actually that's in Colregs too. Among other things.
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In some ways I'm amazed at how long this thread has gone on. Yet I suppose because it is all about safety at sea, it is a healthy sign that so many have contributed.

Well done all.
I guess it all boils down to 'know the rules - abide by them at all times - but if in doubt, do not stand on your dignity just because technically you're in the right. Avoid, avoid, avoid...
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One of the best Deckhands I have had over the years had a saying when docking is going awry: 'Back down and save your job'.

That is one of the tenets of being able to sleep while someone else is running the boat. If the person driving the boat is too full of bravado and inexperienced watch out! There's a time to use full throttle. Knowing which direction is where the experience comes in.
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Old 09-15-2016, 05:32 AM   #139
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Ah, mon ami, parlé comme un vrai français
Ha mon ami, on ne se refait pas ! (In English : Ah, clearly, French people cannot change their nature ).

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Well, we all know THAT is a truism!
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