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post #9 of Old 07-04-2012
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Re: Captain Cool almost becomes Captain Crunch....

Pretty good shooting to hit the bridge windows, twice, while the tanker is over ten minutes away and you're bouncing around in 5 meter seas........
In case anyone seriously thinks firing flares AT a gas tanker (or any other vessel) is an appropriate way to get their attention, it's NOT.

Flying- I always admire someone that posts a "learning experience" here, knowing full well what to expect. I often get into similar situations as you and it's pretty obvious that not many boaters know the rules. You were correct to hold your course and speed, at the time you and your wife became a bit concerned sounding the danger signal would probably have solved the problem, and if that didn't wake someone up it would have been time to change course. Funny how sometimes you just "know" the other boat is aware of you and they'll be changing course "any minute now", and how quickly that turns into an "Oh Shi$" situation:-)) Thanks for posting.

SV Laurie Anne

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