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Stop freakin' waving at me!

I'm afraid I have to agree.
As a professional, sailing passenger carrying vessels 6 to 8 hours a day, 6 to 7 days a week, waving to passing boaters is just a pain. Never mind that I might be talking to a customer, or to the pilot aboard that 856 foot container ship entering (or leaving) the port in the channel he and I must share, or one of my crew. Never mind that I'm responsible for the welfare of all on board 49 (150 or 250) passengers, plus crew and the vessel and have possibly thousands of square feet of canvas aloft, booms, gaffs and nearly a mile of lines to be concerned with; I'll just stop whatever I'm doing to wave to you and all the others, or be labeled an ass.
Honestly, I'm a bit more concerned that the tack you've just made leaves me nowhere to go other than into that wharf ahead or that you probably won't clear my 30 foot long bowsprit because you've misjudged the current.
"Gee, that guy's a real grouch for not waving, isn't he honey?"
Yeah, like I care.
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I'm afraid I have to agree.
Yeah, like I care.

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Re: Stop freakin' waving at me!

I just noticed Fwelsh is sailing a Hunter, I would'nt wave to you anyway's.
And capta, from the sounds of it your are running a cattlemaran, I don't wave at those either.
sounds like you need to pay as close attention to what you are doing as possible if lifting your hand is gonna throw you out of whack. those cattle charters will hire anyone to run 'em.

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Very subtle.

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Since they discovered the forestroke led to chafing.
they have yet to discover the breaststroke.
That would be the Schvambats .... they have their forestrokes removed at a young age .... like the breastroke .... we like to nip 'em in the bud.

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^This is really the best post so far.

Reciprocate my courtesy or I'll kick your ass.

Well done sir.

Perhaps I worded that a little harshly...

I didn't say I holler out, "F you, you douchebag!" (shaking fist over my head)


You guys don't have the little inner voice? No..? Nobody....?

Back to anger management for me, then. I really thought I was doing better.
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Re: Stop freakin' waving at me!

This thread continues to demonstrate how Sailnet never fails to create a heated debate about the most trivial topics.

I was always taught (by my grandfather, my father, and multiple sailing mentors) that waving is considered common courtesy on the water, and failure to wave can be considered a sign of distress. If a Coastie goes by, I strongly suggest that you wave, or your likelihood of being boarded goes way up. I don't wave to big tankers or ferry boats (unless the passengers wave to me), but in general if I can see the face of someone on the boat, I wave. I consider it a good safety practice, because I'm looking for acknowledgment that the captain of any recreational vessel knows I am there and will (hopefully) steer around me if I'm under sail.

I just love the video in this post. It captures perfectly the spirit of boating, and how a friendly wave is unique to boating and a bit odd and inappropriate in other settings.

Frankly, I think the OP is sounding rather old and crotchety. I'll keep an eye out for him on the water so I can wave extra enthusiastically just to annoy him.
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Re: Stop freakin' waving at me!

It never fails to amaze me how so many of you do not read the posts or even understand them.
Just out of curiosity, how many "cattlemarans" have you seen that are schooner rigged?
I did not say I NEVER wave, but if I am otherwise occupied then to your wave I am a "sailingdouchbag". Fine, I can live with that.
But the long and short of it to me is that I spent my life getting paid to go sailing; trips to Europe, the Caribbean, up the Amazon and Orinoco rivers, the Great Lakes, etc. I am not supporting my sailing at some nowhere job, dreaming of a life I will probably never attain, sitting in my lazy boy criticizing those who are doing it .
So put me down and I'll consider the source and we'll all be happy. But keep clear of me when we're on the water, because you probably believe you have the "right of way" because you are sailing on a starboard tack!
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It never fails to amaze me how so many of you do not read the posts or even understand them.
Just out of curiosity, how many "cattlemarans" have you seen that are schooner rigged?
I did not say I NEVER wave, but if I am otherwise occupied then to your wave I am a "sailingdouchbag". Fine, I can live with that.
But the long and short of it to me is that I spent my life getting paid to go sailing; trips to Europe, the Caribbean, up the Amazon and Orinoco rivers, the Great Lakes, etc. I am not supporting my sailing at some nowhere job, dreaming of a life I will probably never attain, sitting in my lazy boy criticizing those who are doing it .
So put me down and I'll consider the source and we'll all be happy. But keep clear of me when we're on the water, because you probably believe you have the "right of way" because you are sailing on a starboard tack!
Capta, you misunderstand: being labelled an SDB is a badge of honour - wear it proudly!

I know I do.

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Re: Stop freakin' waving at me!

Capta, any dude that's swinging 30' of sprit freakin' owns the water. That's Chuck Norris sailing right there.
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