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Old 03-12-2011, 03:55 PM   #20
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RE: Prepare to tow or be towed.

Rob, Larry, I didn't take Jack's comments as a criticism of the Canadian Coast Guard, but as an observation that towing one vessel by towing another vessel isn't optimum.* At a minimum, it puts the human beings in the middle boat in a awkward position.

The conditions obviously warranted a sub optimal towing configuration to the officer in charge, but that doesn't alter the fact that no one would do it this way if they felt they had a reasonable choice.* From the photo, it looks like you're heading south in Discovery Passage, so perhaps you were very close to the Narrows astern, not shown in the pictures.

Towing boats is what Jack does, so I'm sure he has great appreciation for the skill and courage of the Coasties, as do all professional mariners.
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