Kynntana (Freedom 38)
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: San Francisco
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Re: Recreational Sailboat vs. Tugboat with Barge: Who Has the Right of Way? - See mor
Let's clear this up, no merchant marine officer or pilot ever would love to run someone over much less a collision with another vessel. We can lose our jobs for life, not to mention the mental trauma if life is lost from their action. That being said, if a sailboat or any vessel(fishing, trawling) is impeding traffic within a traffic separation scheme they are at fault. That is why they have those lanes so everyone has their own area to prevent collisions and traffic issues. If you aren't conducting business and/or have a draft that requires you to stay in the channel, you have no business being there.
-sent from sea via corked bottle
Completely agree. It was a lame joke. This wasn't a TSS though. It was an inland navigation channel and there's no way to sail SF Bay without going through these areas. Getting a blast from a pilot boat about your intentions is embarrassing, but hopefully it makes you better at paying attention. Getting repeatedly blasted to the point that the CG has to be called is real ignorance and very dangerous to all of us.