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Forum: Boating Safety and Concerns 08-06-2022, 05:21 PM
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Posted By AlaskaProf
Well said. That channel is " awkward",but clearly...

Well said. That channel is " awkward",but clearly marked, charted and much discussed in the literature.
Forum: General Discussion 07-31-2022, 04:43 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,700
Posted By AlaskaProf
Ahh! Another classic WSF story ...

Ahh! Another classic WSF story (https://www.sanjuanjournal.com/life/a-ferry-tale-remembering-the-elwha/).
Forum: General Discussion 07-31-2022, 01:45 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,700
Posted By AlaskaProf
I know from actual conversation that the Second...

I know from actual conversation that the Second Mate supervises the loading of the car decks. Seems to imply a First located on the bridge(s).
Forum: General Discussion 07-31-2022, 10:50 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,700
Posted By AlaskaProf
So:

So:
Forum: General Discussion 07-30-2022, 08:14 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,700
Posted By AlaskaProf
There is no overhang. That stove-in area, known...

There is no overhang. That stove-in area, known colloquially as "the picklefork" (actually, it is half the picklefork) conforms to the shape of the rubrail, actually sits a couple feet from the...
Forum: General Discussion 07-30-2022, 07:30 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,700
Posted By AlaskaProf
Rick, your analysis is basically correct, but...

Rick, your analysis is basically correct, but WSDOT (we in the know call it "Wizzdot:socool:) simply does it differently. The picture below is from a recent construction project at another location,...
Forum: General Discussion 07-30-2022, 03:23 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,700
Posted By AlaskaProf
As to the tide: yes, spring tide range at Seattle...

As to the tide: yes, spring tide range at Seattle can reach 17'. With a new moon, the morning range last Thursday was just about 13 feet.


The dolphins are designed to be struck by the hull and...
Forum: General Discussion 07-30-2022, 01:42 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,700
Posted By AlaskaProf
A bad week in West Seattle...

A bad week in West Seattle (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2x-7sxGhVkg).:rolleyes:
Forum: General Discussion 07-30-2022, 01:37 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,700
Posted By AlaskaProf
Seems plausible. Wish I'd thought of it. Even...

Seems plausible. Wish I'd thought of it. Even possible he hit the dolphin trying to avoid running down the trimaran bouyed just off the beach.
Forum: General Discussion 07-29-2022, 08:16 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,700
Posted By AlaskaProf
Excellent insight. I have to admit that I...

Excellent insight. I have to admit that I couldn't come up with an plausible exculpatory story 'til I read yours.
Forum: General Discussion 07-29-2022, 07:21 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,700
Posted By AlaskaProf
The Times story just recalled that in the 80s,...

The Times story just recalled that in the 80s, there were real problems with the immature control technology in the Issaquah Class a.k.a. "Citrus Class" boats, which includes the Cathlamet.


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Forum: General Discussion 07-29-2022, 06:58 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,700
Posted By AlaskaProf
Geez, Karl, you okay? meds need adjusting?:lol:

Geez, Karl, you okay? meds need adjusting?:lol:
Forum: General Discussion 07-29-2022, 06:55 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,700
Posted By AlaskaProf
Not sure what the legal minimum is, but speaking...

Not sure what the legal minimum is, but speaking of the physical needs, they hold the vessel in the dock with the idling engines, so one officer needs to remain in the #1 bridge while another walks...
Forum: General Discussion 07-29-2022, 06:44 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,700
Posted By AlaskaProf
Good follow-up article at the Seattle Times just...

Good follow-up article at the Seattle Times just now (https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/transportation/whats-ahead-for-the-wa-ferry-crash-investigation-and-passenger-service/). My $1...
Forum: General Discussion 07-29-2022, 06:06 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,700
Posted By AlaskaProf
Not at all familiar with the vessel's systems,...

Not at all familiar with the vessel's systems, bit I think it would be difficult to hypothesize a failure mode which creates: "go too fast" and "go in the wrong direction" while also precluding...
Forum: General Discussion 07-29-2022, 04:35 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,700
Posted By AlaskaProf
Watching the "back up and try again" video, it...

Watching the "back up and try again" video, it looks to be fully under control.
Forum: General Discussion 07-29-2022, 04:06 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,700
Posted By AlaskaProf
This video (screengrab) makes it pretty clear...

This video (screengrab) makes it pretty clear that it wasn't a "hard landing", but a clear miss of the ferry slip, which is the truss structure to the right....
Forum: General Discussion 07-29-2022, 03:55 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,700
Posted By AlaskaProf
Paywall, but the gcaptain article is pretty good....

Paywall, but the gcaptain article is pretty good.


[edit] okay, okay, I coughed up a buck for a subscription.
Forum: Boating Safety and Concerns 07-24-2022, 03:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,594
Posted By AlaskaProf
One of the wisest mentors I ever had taught me,...

One of the wisest mentors I ever had taught me, "Fun may look different to the other guy."
Forum: Boating Safety and Concerns 07-24-2022, 02:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,594
Posted By AlaskaProf
Not to mention the compression fractures...and...

Not to mention the compression fractures...and the divorces.:socool:
Forum: General Discussion 07-23-2022, 11:52 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,348
Posted By AlaskaProf
Seems likely he was running on the east side of...

Seems likely he was running on the east side of the red bouys across the flats of Skagit Bay.
Forum: General Discussion 07-21-2022, 10:58 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,348
Posted By AlaskaProf
It's not that hard; only requires that you have...

It's not that hard; only requires that you have basic skills and pay attention.


I've run it in boats from 22' to 43', sail and power. The only challenge I ever encountered was the azzhole...
Forum: General Discussion 07-21-2022, 02:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 987
Posted By AlaskaProf
Why not? We like Comox, good port of call; nice...

Why not? We like Comox, good port of call; nice town for strolling, stores and restaurants near marina. Dinghy upriver to Courtney recommended.


...but pay close attention to your chart. Both...
Forum: Covid-19 Boating Information 07-21-2022, 01:20 PM
Replies: 771
Views: 30,016
Posted By AlaskaProf
I think this is a pretty good summary of the...

I think this is a pretty good summary of the state of affairs. (https://gcaptain.com/cruise-industry-recovery-runs-into-labor-crisis/)
Forum: Covid-19 Boating Information 07-21-2022, 01:19 PM
Replies: 771
Views: 30,016
Posted By AlaskaProf
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