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Old 01-17-2014
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Re: Was the freighter messing with me, or did I mess up?

Originally Posted by ericb760 View Post
I found this book to be invaluable when it comes to avoiding large vessels at sea.
How to Avoid Huge Ships: John W. Trimmer: 9780870334337: Amazon.com: Books
Although a serious topic to sailors, this has been bounced around Facebook and such, because the title comes off as odd to most people, and the comments are hilarious:

"TOO Informative. Read this book before going on vacation and I couldn't find my cruise liner in the port. Vacation ruined."

"Captain Trimmer's other excellent titles: How to Avoid a Train, and How to Avoid the Empire State Building"

"- Do not charge the huge ship at full speed in an attempt to scare it off. This may work with coyotes, but it is less effective with huge ships.
- Similarly, do not roll your boat over and play dead. Unless the huge ship is captained by a grizzly bear, this will not work.
- Do not attempt to go under the huge ship. This is typically not successful.
- Do not attempt to jump over the huge ship."

"Given the amount of dog mess that is on the pavements I thought this book would be the ideal read to stop me having to scrape my shoes on the grass before going home. It was only after it arrived that I looked closely at the title and realised it said 'How to Avoid Huge SHIPS'."
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Re: Was the freighter messing with me, or did I mess up?

Often I perceive others actions are directed specifically AT ME..when quite often they aren't. Usually there is a common sense reason for ppl to do what they're doing that has nothing to do with me. Perception of the "facts" often become the facts.
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Re: Was the freighter messing with me, or did I mess up?

Sort of an old thread now. We have played in areas in and close to the shipping lanes quite a bit on Superior and Michigan, especially in Whitefish Bay, Straits of Mackinac and Beaver Islands. If there is any question I have always hailed the ship with the VHF and never yet had one treat our little boat with anything but courtesy and professionalism in making ours or their intentions known.
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