+ 1 for "requesting" a bridge opening.
I navigate through 2 bridges, within 100 yards of each other. 1 RR , 1 hwy.
I need to request an opening from each tender
. They are not on the same schedule.
It's a regular occurance to have to hold in the small pond area between the 2 waiting for the other to open.
The openings are not really wide enough for 2 vessels to pass under at the same time, so not only do you need to talk to the bridge tender, but also need to communicate with vessels coming in the other direction. The general courtesy is to allow the vessels traveling with the current
to pass through 1st. Most line up by who arrived 1st...or coming in...we'll arrange ourselves by whose slip is deeper into the marina.
Sitting at my dock
, I have overheard the bridge tender hail " The sailboat sitting outside the breakwater"
"Captain, do you want me to open the bridge"
Bridge tender..." well captain
..you're the only boat out there..and unless you call me and request an openning....I can't just open.
Not won't can't. They keep a log, of openings and I've heard them call vessels asking them to repeat the vessel's name for their log...
One of the reasons, it's good to have a short easy boat name.