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Re: Bridge Openings
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.