Re: Recreational Sailboat vs. Tugboat with Barge: Who Has the Right of Way? - See mor
Up and down the US east coast, inside the ICW and outside in bigger water; we've had good comms with tows and other commercial shipping making passing easy. Not so with commercial fishing boats. They never answer on 16 or 13. And they change course as they fish and who knows how much they are dragging behind. But its not just us pleasure craft that have problems. Last week I left the radio on overnight and heard a tug/barge skipper hail a fishing trawler over and over with no reply. I could hear the desperation grow in his hails. He never heard from the trawler with at least 20 calls over a 15 min span. And it seems the fishing boats are exempt from using AIS. They are a problem.