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post #66 of Old 08-17-2014
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Re: Give AIS a rest

there is nothing more admirable to me than a real captain, a real mariner, a true pro like you say...

Ill agree with that...wish more were like that really, especially in major ports and harbors...

In san francisco there have been endless debates about some of these pros, pilots, etc that get paid gazillions yet often have the worst record...

the pay pilots get in some harbors has been heavily criticised in times of recession...

anyone who reads latitude 38 and other west coast mags and articles knows about this...and when they top it off with some major bad decisions like the coco busan that hit the south tower you can see why there are sentiments that want the merchant mariners to be BETTER.

we can all be BETTER, know the rules more clearly and act accordingly out there in the water or open sea or river or wherever

I do however beleive wholeheartedly that repeat experience and on the water time and seamanship garnered from being out there is much more important than knowing all the rules...

seamanship should have an alter ego name or superhero alternate name called COMMON SENSE

youd be surprised how your brain reacts out there sometimes...sometimes you know instantly the course of action to take, others not so clearly, say if your cold, tired etc...

thats where the rules come in...

nobody is going to side with you if you are for example a tired solo sailor who despite doing something marvelous like sail around the world decided to crash into another boat from extreme exhaustion despite him being on stbd tack or whatever


lets all strive to be better out there and instead of always laying blame on others simply avoid creating any sort of bad situation...

honestly its easier than it seems...

Merit 25 sold...Islander 36 still afloat? who knows...Im still in Columbus, and back...I think...jajajaja!!!!
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