Originally Posted by treilley
Tough one. Maybe contact boats in the fog via VHF. AIS could help here by identifying a boat in the area without having to call all boats.
Actually, I kind of cheated and did just that. I don't have AIS (though I realised that it would be helpful here) and I called boats that I "assumed" would be out there where I was trying to go.
First I tried "Vessel in the northern end of the Rosario strait" -- No reply.
Then, since there are about 5 ferries that all go through this one area I called "Washington state ferry in the vicinity of Thatcher Pass." --Instant reply and fog report.
Strictly speaking, not how you are supposed to use your VHF though, calling ghosts in the fog.