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Re: another sailor complaining about power boaters

ABACO!!!! About 3 years ago in Abaco Bahamas we chartered a 37' Tayana Cutter for ASA courses. There was none of the power boat vs. sailboat crap that we see here on the Chessie. One day a power boat did come within 100' of us and the Captain was really annoyed, I told him were I come from they get close enough to wipe your bow.

Actually most of the power boaters around here are pretty nice, there is mostly seems to be a problem with the newbies or the weekend warriors. Just this past Summer a HUGE yacht came barreling up the bay, he throttled all the way down to almost idle when he passed and then back on plane he went...I was impressed.
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To be honest, I've never really had a problem with power boaters. Most I've encountered so far have either slowed down while passing or given me a wide berth. I'm on the other side of the canal from you though.
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Re: another sailor complaining about power boaters

My boats made for waves, their little wake just gives my daughters something to to go "weeeeeeeee" about!
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Re: another sailor complaining about power boaters

They don't realy bother me as long as they don't end up running into me,they cando what they want. Just a shame that some of the loud ones scare the wildlife away.
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Re: another sailor complaining about power boaters

I kind of like...well love the sound of a big block or two roaring by, as long as they're not too close. My last larger boat before we seriously got into sailing was a 1979 Glastron Carlson CVX-20 with a 460 Ford big block, berkley jet drive, and hydrolic Place Diverter (Makes that 200' rooster tail possible). I loved it but it ate engines like candy of course I always had neighborhood wrenches do the major work, I should have just had an engine professionally built. I sold it after rebuiding the second engine a second time and blew it at 20 hours. An autopsy of the motor showed that it wasn't put together right...Me trying to sane money again...
Below is a picture of my extremely cool Mom going out on it with me, I guess she was around 73 at the time, she used to LOVE to go on all my boats no matter haw crazy fast they were (and there were some crazy fast boats in my past) She was so cool, I really miss her. She would have REALLY loved our Catalina 320, we were a lot alike when it came to boats, we love them, dosen't matter what kind or in what condition, we love all boats!...It's just that some of the operators suck.
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Re: another sailor complaining about power boaters

I was out in the bay here on Tuesday and the only boats out were sails. 2.5 miles by 6 miles in the lower bay and no matter how much I corrected to stay away they kept chasing me at cross paths. It's not only power boats, and at least with them it is usually over with quickly.
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I was out in the bay here on Tuesday and the only boats out were sails. 2.5 miles by 6 miles in the lower bay and no matter how much I corrected to stay away they kept chasing me at cross paths. It's not only power boats, and at least with them it is usually over with quickly.
Yeah, I've had that happen a few times as well. I've done everything to avoid other sailboats at times and they just have to come right up close. Thats usually the time I consider going for the no tan line thing!...That'll fix them.
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Re: another sailor complaining about power boaters

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I was out in the bay here on Tuesday and the only boats out were sails. 2.5 miles by 6 miles in the lower bay and no matter how much I corrected to stay away they kept chasing me at cross paths. It's not only power boats, and at least with them it is usually over with quickly.
I presume the were officially the stand-on vessel and should not have maneuvered to give way?

This reminds me, however, that many of us get much more comfortable with how closely we will pass another sailboat than newer sailors could possibly be. I'm reminded of this from time to time, when I can see headway and know we will not pass within 100 feet of a crossing sailboat, but that seems very very close to a passenger.

Its at least possible that the conflicting boat was trying to allow for greater separation to make a passenger comfortable or because they were nervous.
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Re: another sailor complaining about power boaters

I'm with you swampcreek...I wonder if I could stuff a small block chevy into my Pearson. ;-)
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