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post #14 of Old 09-15-2013
BarryL
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Re: sailboat and ferry collide!

Hey,

I sail in an area with frequent ferry traffic (Port Jefferson - Bridgeport ferry's) and I am careful to stay out of their way.

However,

Of course the ferry captain has some responsibility here. Some things he could have done: stopped, honked a horn, turned port or starboard.

What if the sailboat had the captain on deck, keeping a lookout, and had a problem that prevented him from moving his boat? I guess then you think the ferry is just free to run him down?

The sailboat was wrong: completely and totally wrong. But, the ferry operator was not keeping a lookout and did not operate his vessel in safe manner.

Barry

Barry Lenoble
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY

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