This thread spooks me. I have spent a lot of time at sea and it is really freaky when another boat approaches because you are in the wilderness. Once when I was a kid working on a fishing
vessel on the Cay Sal bank, we were anchored and a shrimper approached. We suspected it was one that was one of several reported stolen. Skipper
took out an automatic rifle he had on board and held it so they could see it. They left.
Another time on my way to Cuba
, what I believe was a Navy
vessel played tricks on me by changing their lights to look like different types of vessels and approached from different angles. Scary.
Another time, while fishing
on a snapper boat at night I looked out and suddenly there was a huge submarine that just surfaced about 50 yds away sat there for a while then submerged. Really scary. On that same boat we had some Tomcats buzz us REALLY close. I could see the pilots helmets they were so close.
Makes me think what to do in the poster's situation. I am glad to have formed this plan...I would start the engine
, drop sail and go straight at him - then do a dodge as needed and keep performing evasive maneuvers and head
for shallow water
. I think the best strategy would be to take advantage of my maneuverability and eventually get behind him. I would definitely be on the VHF
describing everything I see about the other vessel. The Coast Guard can hear you from very far away. I guess the moral of this story is to expect the worst and hope for the best when some freaktard acts shady.