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Re: The reality of responsibility
"and having the jet skiers play "chicken" with the barge"
I kinda believe in live and let live, but when the *holes start to endanger themselves and put me into the mix--I grab the mic and call the USCG immediately.
The first time I was heading up the East River and two jetskis were playing like porpoises under the bow, where I couldn't even SEE them. The USCG still had their base at Governor's Island and it took about three minutes before a 44(?) came roaring up with all hands on deck, including manning the machine gun. (Which I thought was not a bright idea, given that machine gunning Manhattan near the UN would probably not impress anyone on the evening news.)
But, they came, the jet skis disappeared, I have no idea if they were ever caught.
The second time we were anchored off Pier 25 on the Hudson. That's inside the "bulkhead line" and the river bottom is privately owned land. We'd paid the owner to anchor out there for the 4th of July fireworks and naval parade. And the bottom drops off pretty sharply once it crosses the bulkhead line into the river proper. Add that to the reversing current on the Hudson (which is a tidal estuary down there) and we needed some good scope to stay hooked in. Of course by twilight all sorts of craft are coming in to anchor, guaranteed without permission. And one small party boat drops their hook just about right on top of ours. Refuses to move, doesn't understand if he's fouled us, we're both going to drift, we really do use that much scope. About a half hour later the Coasties come around in a RIB looking for things like too much open booze. I waved 'em down, explained we had some belligerent drops fouling our anchor and yes, we had permission from the owners to be anchored here--they didn't. Could they maybe explain the situation to the other boat?
Twenty minutes later, other boat gone. Everyone else (us and the Coasties) all happy.
It wasn't just Governor's Island, I've found the USCG in general to be almost universally helpful and eager to step in BEFORE there's any injury. Much less paperwork to fill out that way. I'm not shy to call 'em, they can figure out what to do after that.