Join Date: Aug 2013
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Re: sailboat and ferry collide!
Not being terribly familiar with the area, wouldn't all of you who sail there be aware of the ferry routes and be especially vigilant when transiting a ferry route?
Though this seems a strange case, with fog not an issue, being below without any watch stander while crossing a ferry route seems a bit foolish.
Being a licensed, professional captain I have some idea of the hell that rains down on a professional USCG licensed captain (not through personal experience, mind you), and I cannot imagine such a cavalier act by one. There has to be something else going on here, or just complete incompetence by the ferry captain and it's probably a good thing this happened before a loss of life situation happened, with him at the helm.
These ferries are about as predictable as things get out here, and where they operate is fairly constrained because of depth. They are really easy to avoid. That said, the ferry captain probably had a little bit of room one way or the other to avoid him. Glad no one is hurt.