Wa State Ferry Vs Boat

fishbadger

Active Member
#17
I know him, he's in my marina. I think he was driving on AP and went "down under" to do something. Bad mistake, and one I've done a number of times driving on my autopilot, but I've been lucky to date. He was really really lucky the ferry hit the brakes, or he could have rolled under and become crab food. Hella stout is an understatement when it comes to those boats. I have a picture of the damage, and to me it looks largely cosmetic. Lesson learned!

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Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#18
I know him, he's in my marina. I think he was driving on AP and went "down under" to do something. Bad mistake, and one I've done a number of times driving on my autopilot, but I've been lucky to date. He was really really lucky the ferry hit the brakes, or he could have rolled under and become crab food. Hella stout is an understatement when it comes to those boats. I have a picture of the damage, and to me it looks largely cosmetic. Lesson learned!

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Since you know him, is the guy deaf as someone had posted?

Well, the cruiser did have the right of way....
I'm no mariner, but I believe the ferry always has the right of way due to being a commercial vessel on a posted route. That is what I was told years ago by a fellow that spent time in the CG, so believed it to be true. Please correct me if that is wrong.
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PhilR

In the time of chimpanzees, I was a monkey
#19
I'm no mariner, but I believe the ferry always has the right of way due to being a commercial vessel on a posted route. That is what I was told years ago by a fellow that spent time in the CG, so believed it to be true. Please correct me if that is wrong.
SF
I was being tongue in cheek. I should have used a smiley. I don't know about the rule you cite, but there are rules that you need to yield to vessels limited in their ability to maneuver. Plus, you're supposed to avoid collisions whichever side you're on.
 

fishbadger

Active Member
#20
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Since you know him, is the guy deaf as someone had posted?
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No he's not deaf, he's a good guy. I think he made a mistake going down under when under AP, in a ferry lane, which I'm ashamed to say is a mistake I've made a lot of times when I'm "at the helm", and gotten away with it. A learning experience for all I hope. Looks like he was down under a little too long that time, and he's really lucky.
 
#22
Don't know what would happen if a trident hit something but I can tell you what happens when you get to close to one of those subs...

As can I.

Bit off topic but I always thought it was stupid not to include a "what to do if a sub shows" up section in the Washington Boating Education stuff that is required for boating.

Back to the OP... Saw this on FB the other night. Pretty crazy. What jumped out at me was how well that little boat took the impact! If the boat manufacture was still around it would make for a great advertising video for the toughness of their boats.

Nothing quite brings out the dumb in folks like owning a boat.
 
#25
As can I.

Bit off topic but I always thought it was stupid not to include a "what to do if a sub shows" up section in the Washington Boating Education stuff that is required for boating.

Back to the OP... Saw this on FB the other night. Pretty crazy. What jumped out at me was how well that little boat took the impact! If the boat manufacture was still around it would make for a great advertising video for the toughness of their boats.
I've found it pretty straight forward, knowing what to do when a sub shows up. You stare up the barrels of all those escorting coast guard fast boats' big guns and do whatever the fk they say (ie. GTF outta da way).

As for the boat, I agree, major badass hull construction!
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Alex MacDonald

that's His Lordship, to you.....
#27
First rule of the road, outweighs all the rest. "Might makes right"

Guy was lucky. Real lucky.
"he was right, dead right, as he sailed along, but he's just as dead as if he'd been wrong". Remember that one Jeff?

And as far as the missile boats you see coming out of the Strait, it's the accompanying attack boat you don't see, that's already sized you up and communicated that to the boomer. As they say, you've been "weighed, measured, and found lacking". Having a shadow might have changed since my day, but when we had the Russkies lurking offshore near the boomer bases, the Los Angeles class boats ran interference.
 

David Loy

Senior Moment
#28
Just saw this. Wow, shit happens. If he isn't deaf, he would have heard the first blasts. Must have been into something important.

The most common boating fault I see, and hear, is that sailboats always have the right of way. Guess what. If their motor is on, they are a power boat. I'd bet nearly half the sailors don't know that, and every one of the party pundits.
 

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