Gee, I didn't know there was some rule that excludes sub-20 foot boats from having a VHF radio on board, tuned to ch16, especially if one is intentionally blocking the only channel into the lagoon. Is that some inland/lakes rule?Capta: Seriously, how many sub 20' fishing boats (or sailboats for that matter) have a radio on board and turned on? If you would read some of your posts from a third party perspective you might see why people form the prejudices they have. But then again, you might not.
Capta...I am just going to say that this is really funny, I didn't mention the harbor, but it was Muskegon in my experience as well. For us, we were going out in a Catalina 30, We were able to slow down and pause for a break in the mass of small fishing boats to make our way through. We made it, but there was not a lot of clearance...not what we would have liked. We always try to be respectful of other boats, but a huge mass of people fishing in a narrow channel will certainly drive me nuts. The only comment we heard on the way out was "good luck". As it was, the weather forecast that day called for 10-15 Knots and 2-4' waves, we exited the channel and it was blowing 25 gusting to 30 with 6-12' waves...not fun beating down the coast to Holland that day.Now the little fishing boats in channels are definitely my weak point when it comes to patience.
Turning into the channel into Muskegon I saw there were literally hundreds of sub 20 foot boats fishing anchored in the channel, fishing. There was no clear path for my 80' motorsailor, so I put out a security broadcast. Not one of them moved.
Now I'm not too sure how many of you are adept at maneuvering a larger sailing vessel through a crowd of inconsiderate and ignorant anchored boats in a confined channel, but it cannot be done at idle speed. Steerageway is your only friend in this situation and for that vessel, steerageway was around 5.5 knots.
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.Ship captain was a lady with a pleasant soft voice.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1999/10/11/a-pilots-passion/62d5f4bb-9618-4c26-b8e6-9ff582aa6510/?utm_term=.9d24158d8bf7Wouldn'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.Ship captain was a lady with a pleasant soft voice.
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.