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After reading this thread, I did notice a few possible errors here. If a vessel is in a TSS and there is a traffic controller then there is a great possibility that that vessel's VHF is on the TSS ch. and not 16/13. Note that Tofino Traffic and Seattle Traffic are on two different channels also.
Also noted the inappropriate usage of the the danger signal... Gesh!! if you are under power in fog making way, you sound one prolong blast on your horn not more then two minutes apart. Vary this by a few seconds to keep from being in sync with another vessel's horn.
Also if a vessel is in a TSS and you are just outside the TSS, it is too easy to either vessel to cross that imaginary line and still believe that they are either still in or out of the TSS. If you are outside of the TSS stay well clear of the lanes. Then you won't have that ambiguity of, are you in or out, as you plow along the imaginary edge of the lane. Also you may be on different VHF channels also and have 'no joy' there either. This where it pays to have two VHFs on board your boat. Set on the different working channels in your area.
AIS appears to becoming an important tool for safe navigation. especially if it is tied into your radar. Everything over 300 tons is now required to have one. Like having a transponder on board broadcasting your position, Safetywise goes beyond radar alone. Lets you know where the big fellows are at.
One other small detail. Even if you are not required to report in to traffic control in the area you are transiting, it is best you do so. So that they know that you are there, the direction you are going and what kind of craft you are. Give your position to see if they have you on radar also. Some boats do not show up on radar in less than perfect weather. If they can see you, they track you and pass your discription and posit on to other vessels.
Last edited by Boasun; 11-06-2007 at 02:06 PM.