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post #4 of Old 04-20-2012
RichH
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Re: Hampton Roads Traffic Patterns

I stay on the RED side when passing Norfolk Navy base. The reason is that the river makes a dogleg bend to port just south of base (and commercial docks) and if youre on the green side (Elizabeth River) it puts you 'head on' with oncoming traffic coming from Norfolk and many times these boats (especially the large tour boats) are moving a full speed and usually come close to 'cut the corner' of the dogleg leaving little room for a boat on the 'green' side to maneuver. These large 'tour' boats seemingly are usually 'racing' the commercial traffic and if a tour boat runs close to the point of the dogleg and a fast tug, etc. 'splits' from the corner of the dogleg .... it will leave you BETWEEN the two full speed boats coming almost head on.
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