Originally Posted by PaulinVictoria
As the stand-on vessel being passed, you are obligated to maintain both speed and direction. Slow down before they overtake I guess.
Well, anyone who thinks that rule cannot be bent in a constricted waterway, by mutual consent of the two vessels involved, is gonna get waked, I suppose... (grin)
Yes, the one being overtaken should definitely slow in advance, both to confirm their intention, and to allow the faster boat to approach as closely as possible at speed, before cutting it sharply at the last moment... When done in concert with a cooperative sailboat who has slowed to idle, I can usually take a 25-knot boat from cruising speed, down to a slow pass, and back up on a plane again in less than a minute... All without throwing them more than a 12 inch wake... If they insist on plowing along at 7 knots, and I'm trying to get by them with a motoryacht displacing 50 tons, while running in 10 feet of water or less, with the stern being sucked down into the mud, and the bow pointed skyward, well... then it's a whole different ballgame... (grin)
The ICW would be a much happier place, if everyone had the opportunity to make the trip at least once in a sailboat or trawler, and once again on a large sportfisherman or fast motoryacht... Personally, given the choice between running a deep draft sailboat down The Ditch, or a large fast powerboat, I think doing the latter is the far greater challenge, and one that is certainly more stressful and fatiguing over the course of a long day...