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Unfortunately, our Spring Cruises always seem to correspond with the tarpon fishing tournaments out of Boca Grande. With that, coming into Boca Grand Pass can be a real pip:



Usually, giving five good blasts with an air horn will get these buggers to move enough to allow us to get through the mob. Unfortunately, some folks are very persistent at holding their "ground" until they suddenly realize that one is coming through the Pass, with or without their cooperation. Then they do move...quickly! Of course, as we pass we generally say "Excuse Us" or words to that effect. Rarely do we get more than cross looks...

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never experienced anything I would consider heckling, now I feel left out
Geez, no respect at all for how hard we here have been trying…

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Capta: My comment was not meant to be critical of you but an observation of human nature. It seems to me that far fewer people care or are aware of their surroundings, let alone follow some law or practice of etiquette. It is obvious when driving a motor vehicle, boat, or even pushing a shopping cart in a crowded store that the world is being overtaken by Mr. Magoo's. Just observing the actions of those trying to launch boats while waiting my turn at my local sailing spot confirms that "me and mine" thought process is very healthy in society.

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Re: heckling?

Wife was at the wheel as we were going down the Chesapeake coming from the C&D. As we approached a bridge heard the following. Ship was a good size. Sail boat was maybe 30'. Ship captain was a lady with a pleasant soft voice. Sail boat had an aggressive hoarse edge to his voice. Ship was just starting to pass under the bridge coming up the channel. Sail boat was entering the channel to cross just north of the bridge.
Ship- sailboat off port bow please turn around or we will hit you.
Sail- no we have right of way.
Ship- not true we are draft restricted.
Sail- we are under sail and will continue.
Ship- please look at us. We are a ship. You will not even dent our bow. It will take us miles to slow down. Turn now or deal with the consequences.
Sail - oh

It's not the rudeness but the sense of entitlement that's so appalling.
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Once made the mistake of pulling out of Annapolis (to head upstream) on opening day of rockfish season. After over an hour of trying to weave through the cross channel trollers and making almost no headway we decided to try out our line cutter .... it worked

We spent the next hour being cursed on the radio. Strangely it didn't hurt my feelings at all

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Wouldn't that ship or any vessel over a certain size be under the command of a pilot in the Chesapeake? Pilots are a different breed. They have zero responsibility, so they can do things a bit differently that a captain.
They also have to deal with these idiots on a daily basis, so they have little patience to suffer the fools. Good on the Chesapeake Bay Pilot's Association for having at least one female pilot.

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Ship captain was a lady with a pleasant soft voice.
Wouldn't that ship or any vessel over a certain size be under the command of a pilot in the Chesapeake? Pilots are a different breed. They have zero responsibility, so they can do things a bit differently that a captain.
They also have to deal with these idiots on a daily basis, so they have little patience to suffer the fools. Good on the Chesapeake Bay Pilot's Association for having at least one female pilot.
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34 is a young pilot. I have a couple of friends with the great lakes pilotage authority, smart guys, dedicated. None of them made it before 40. They make crazy money. Impressive.
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