Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Kirkland, Washington
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I've been sailing since before I remember, and my parents always taught me to refer to powerboats as "stink pots", but two things that happened to me on a recent cruise in the San Juans/Gulf islands that made me wonder...
1) On a clear day, motoring at 6 kts, I was nearly hit by a power boat who had been overtaking me for the past 20 minutes. He swerved at the last minute, blowing his horn and shouting sometihing about "sailboats always think they have to right-of-way!". I called back to him that he was overtaking me and didn't have the right of way. No response back.
The weird thing about this was that the powerboat wasn't a cabin cruiser, or something equally "unseamanlike", but a very nice 28-foot trawler, going about 8 knots.
2) Two days later, in Sidney, B.C. I was tying up my well-worn Catalina 30 in the marina, when the couple in the next slip, also in a nice 28-foot or so trawler, started coiling their dock lines "since they had a sailboat next to them, and had to be more seaman-like"
So, it makes me wonder, do the power-boaters think we're snobs? I've been bounced many times by thoughtless power-boaters, in all sorts of vessel types. I've also been hit by careless sailboaters, and recall a rather arrogant/inexperienced skipper who used to bring his 45' Swan into the harbor entrance at Marina Del Rey under full sail, crossing all lanes of traffic at 10 knotsl, while blowing his freon horn at all boats, sail or otherwise, that were in his way.
I guess that personally, I'm going to be more careful about generalizing about vessel types and the perceived skill/attitude of those at the helm. I'll also make a better effort to politely interact with our brothers and sisters who have chosen powerboats over sail.