Would two toots on the horn have avoided the situation?
This is not meant to be Monday-morning-quarterbacking, just curious.
You know, that is a great idea, which had not ever occured to me either at the time or since. It probably could not have hurt anything, at any rate. The horn was close at hand, too. I just simply never even thought about it.
I suppose that brings up another question, which is, does anyone regularly encounter the use of sound signals as coordinating communications in these situations? In twenty some years on the water I've never heard anyone use the "port/starboard/reverse" manuevering signals. Those particular signals have, in my mind, belonged to the same quaint sections of nautical books that discuss the appropriate attire to wear when receiving visits from the yacht club fleet commodore, and although I hear, and have used, the five note "Your intentions are unclear" the others don't seem to be commonly known or used. I'm sure that's why I didn't think of it; five toots probably would have been an option as well, but I didn't think of that because I could see his intentions clearly enough, I just didn't agree with them.
Thank you for bringing it up, though, I'll certainly think of it next time. I'd be curious how many people would recognize the signal for what it was given the apparent disuse, however.