Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Three Mile Harbor, East Hampton, NY
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The comments on one vessel stopping for the other raise some real problems. If the wind and water stayed still, a boat could stop. But in reality there are many situations in which a vessel cannot safely stop. I had an interesting situation the other day. Leaving our little marina there is a very narrow (in places only ten feet wide) unmarked channel in a wider body of water (perhaps a hundred yards across). We were coming out of our marina, under power, when we made a turn and found a power boat who had anchored. Not only was he anchored at the edge of the channel, his anchor line stretched across it. There was certainly no room to pass him, so I stopped. The water and wind kept moving, and I drifted over to where I touched bottom. Fortunately I was able to get off and reverse until I reached a wider part of the channel where I was able to turn around. The powerboater had by this time moved his boat and I was able to get out. To be fair, he probably had no idea the channel was there. But the option of just stopping is not much of an option in close quarters with strong wind or current, and I think the OP's description may very well have been close to that.