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Re: Sailboat creamed by tugboat and tow
I used to tow a water barge between Roosevelt Roads Naval Station and St Thomas a few times a week. I can't count the number of sailboats, both in daylight and dark, that seemed totally oblivious to the tug and barge scheme and tried to cross the tow cable. All you can do is turn the tug around as fast as possible and run at full speed back towards the barge hoping that the cable sinks before a catastrophe occurs.
This is extremely dangerous for the tug because, should the cable foul her prop, the barge may eventually run her down. Never mind the wear and tear on the crew's nerves when the boat goes from a lazy cruising speed to full on with a sharp turn, unannounced. Poor cook on a number of occasions.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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