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Re: Would you...
It does no good to inform the jerks that they are being irresponsible jerks; I know from experience. It just makes me feel ineffective and foolish after the fact.
Mostly now it's situations where the jerks are trying to anchor way too close or pick up a mooring that is too close and they may hit me. No amount of reasoning seems to help, but an offhand request for the name of their insurance carrier as they head up into the wind to drop their anchor or pick up the mooring, often does produce the desired effect.
If they just absolutely insist on being where the two boats may collide, I will drop by in the dink and calmly inform them, as the law requires, that I am informing them that in my opinion, as master of my vessel, they have endangered both vessels with their action. Then I leave, and most often so do they, in time.
Of course, another helpful item is our 4" S/S capped rub rail that pretty much runs the length of the boat. It seems to get more menacing each time the two boats swing close together and in a while they be gone.
"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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