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OH... By all means please call the bridge! I didn't intend to give bad advice here.. I mentioned what I "typically" do.

I've been going in and out of the same two bridges with "Scheduled openings" on a regular basis for 20 years, transiting with other vessels that know each other. We know the operators by name. We tend not to all call them and make them respond to each of us, unless we feel it's necessary. What we will do is communicate with each other as to who enters or exits 1st depending on current and what side we want to pass.( a depth thing) One person might let the bridge operator know how many of us have gathered there, and the last one through will turn out the lights.

When I'm away, I'll always call a bridge. The regs don't require an operator to respond to each vessel that calls, if the bridge is on a scheduled opening, though most of them will. Some log each boat, some don't. When in Rome.
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I've always wondered why sometimes bridges ask for id and sometimes not. Seems to be random.

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I've always wondered why sometimes bridges ask for id and sometimes not. Seems to be random.
Murph, I honestly don't know, but I think I'll ask. Every once in awhile I hear them ask another boat to repeat their name. One year it did seem like they were logging for a couple of weeks. ( maybe a traffic study). Maybe they just count heads, or maybe it's that they know most of our boats by name anyway. For the most part the Tenders are pretty good. They see the traffic.

More of an issue from time to time, are vessels not communicating with each other. Only one boat fits through at a time, there can be a 2 to 3 knot current running with depth challenges for some. People need to coordinate their transit.

So the real question is, once you get an opening, and you have 5 boats waiting on each side of the bridge how do you determine who goes 1st. It's a general courtesy to allow vessels with the current to proceed 1st, But it's often ignored. So it's not good to assume.

In my experience, it's good to communicate with the other vessels in addition to the tender, either by radio or hand signals, to avoid confusion.
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Murph, I honestly don't know, but I think I'll ask. Every once in awhile I hear them ask another boat to repeat their name. One year it did seem like they were logging for a couple of weeks. ( maybe a traffic study). Maybe they just count heads, or maybe it's that they know most of our boats by name anyway. For the most part the Tenders are pretty good. They see the traffic.

More of an issue from time to time, are vessels not communicating with each other. Only one boat fits through at a time, there can be a 2 to 3 knot current running with depth challenges for some. People need to coordinate their transit.

So the real question is, once you get an opening, and you have 5 boats waiting on each side of the bridge how do you determine who goes 1st. It's a general courtesy to allow vessels with the current to proceed 1st, But it's often ignored. So it's not good to assume.

In my experience, it's good to communicate with the other vessels in addition to the tender, either by radio or hand signals, to avoid confusion.
So right. Not only do most other boats not know the with-the-current rule, they cannot be counted on to know even the simplest nav rules. It's almost like riding a motorcycle where you have to assume the other guy is going to do the most idiotic thing possible.

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----- Every once in awhile I hear them ask another boat to repeat their name. -----
Lol. When occasionally asked about appropriate boat names I like to tell folks to visualize themselves responding to a south Georgia bridgetender asking for the third time "What did you say that name was?"
Overly complicated/hard to pronounce boat names can be a pita.
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Lol. When occasionally asked about appropriate boat names I like to tell folks to visualize themselves responding to a south Georgia bridgetender asking for the third time "What did you say that name was?"
Overly complicated/hard to pronounce boat names can be a pita.
Living in the south it would probably need some interpretation of your own as it would probably sound like
"wud didja say da name was(or were)?" followed by a "cuouldja spelt it for me"..not picking on my fellow southerners but some times you have to laugh at the way people torture the language...

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Although I am not responsible for the name of my boat (never changed it), I'm convinced it was named specifically to confuse bridge operators--Philyria:-)

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