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Old 04-04-2014, 04:18 PM   #7
Ski in NC
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City: Wilmington, NC
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Vessel Name: Louisa
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Avoidance measures taken too late by towboat. First thing he did was rudder hard to stbd, then realizing that would not work, full reverse. Neither action gets quick results on such a vessel. And full reverse means basically no rudder action. By then he was aready in the shipping channel. If he kept original heading, he probably would have cleared. He started messing around after "V1".

I learned a long time ago to not get myself in front of freighters. They make little wake even when making good speed. Their size makes your mind think they are going slow. Often they are not.
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