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07-11-2013 10:22 PM
seafrontiersman
Re: Stop the horns? Yikes!

I don't understand dirt dwellers at all....
07-11-2013 07:58 PM
Tempest
Re: Stop the horns? Yikes!

I Don't think I've ever heard the Hudson River ferries use their horns when backing out of their slip. I know it wasn't used the last time I took it from Weehawken to Mid-town. The SI ferry uses one blast as it goes forward in both directions. I'm trying hard to remember if I've heard the East River ferries use theirs, clearly they are now.
When I had a slip on the Hudson the helicopters created more of a constant drone than the ferries
07-11-2013 07:11 PM
jackdale
Re: Stop the horns? Yikes!

In Canada many of the lightstations are losing their fog signals. I understand folks who had waterfront property nearby were disturbed by the sounds.
07-11-2013 04:18 PM
SoOkay
Re: Stop the horns? Yikes!

Funny thread! reminds me of the person who suggested airplanes should have horns to help traffic pattern congestion at uncontrolled airports.

Where do the people come from? Well....just gotta be patient, natural selection does take time
07-11-2013 04:03 PM
hellosailor
Re: Stop the horns? Yikes!

"I feel your pain. When I was growing up. I lived in an apartment in Brooklyn over a Chinese laundry a block away from the overhead trains."
YES! The schmuck's letter got forwarded to someone who knows exactly how life works. Thirty years ago, the Battery was a desolate wasteland outside of business hours. And before the landfill from the World Trade Center, Battery Park City simply didn't exist. (About 1/3 of lower Manhattan is actually landfill out from the original shores.)

So when some johnny come lately complains "Gee, I moved into a seaport and its noisy"...ROFLMAO. They should give the poor bstard two free tickets for a Nantucket Sleigh Ride and see what he's got to say after that fun.
07-11-2013 09:07 AM
mad_machine
Re: Stop the horns? Yikes!

oh look.. they are also complaining that the ferries use their engines to hold them in the terminal by "gunning their engines"

Sorry, but you moved next to a working seaport, you should have expected some noise.

Once I was a little sympathetic as the article stated that sounding the horns was "new" but now that I see that the ferries using their engines to stay in the terminal is a "topic of lively discussion" I can see that it is just somebody who spent too much money to live on the water and only now realizing what that means..
07-11-2013 08:52 AM
downeast450
Re: Stop the horns? Yikes!

The Coast Guard replies!

Coast Guard responds to letter about boat horn noise | BatteryPark.TV

Oops! Gotta go! When I hear the train whistle I know what time it is. Thar she blows! Those guys are punctual.

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07-05-2013 06:18 PM
hellosailor
Re: Stop the horns? Yikes!

Battery Park City never was cheap housing, from the day it was built it was premium priced. Sounds like Wolfgang has way too much money if he could move down there with no knowledge of the neighborhood (the Battery, duh!) and now finds it inconvenient that he's living in a working harbor. Of course, the real luxury buildings all have double or triple-glazed windows to keep out the noise.

Maybe Woflgang needs to move next to an elevated subway line, so he can complain about those damned trains rumbling by all night instead?
07-05-2013 03:02 PM
downeast450
Re: Stop the horns? Yikes!

Audible signals of intent have great value. They get delivered even when the recipient is looking at another situation or doing something that prevents radio communication. It shouldn't become a "variable" in the regs. Especially for fast vessels hurrying to meet a tight schedule. It is a CYA for the skipper.

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07-05-2013 02:05 PM
SchockT
Re: Stop the horns? Yikes!

We have commuter ferries that go back and forth between downtown and the North Shore every 15min in peak times, and they have always sounded their horns upon departure. It just makes sense! They are hidden away inside a terminal where you can't see them, and when they leave they go pretty fast! If you are not familiar with the waterfront they can take you by surprise very easily. I monitor harbor traffic when I am in that area and I don't think I have ever heard their departures announced over vhf.
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