The descriptions of the crossing situation got edited a bit by the editors, not completely sure why.
I was sailing until I went to cross the lanes, when I turned the motor
on for max speed. So, Yes, for the purposes of the crossing situation I was motoring.
It was a rule
15 cross, but I was in fact the starboard boat. He was outbound, coming out the Bay and I was crossing the lanes (at 90 degrees) from South (we had just come in from a passage
from Florida) to North. So by Rule 15 I was stand-on. (note: he did cross behind me)
But by rule 10 I was 'do not impede'.
So it was exactly a case to your debate/question about "impede". I believe he had a course change (I guessed 5 degrees) but did not alter speed. So it is an interesting and valid question whether I "impeded" him or not.
The vessel identified itself as a 'Korean log carrier', but had a perfect English
speaker on the radio
, who I suspected was a US Bay pilot. Relevant to the ferry
discussion, when I offered on the radio to take any course he wanted, he in effect said 'never mind' (and I kept on my crossing course), suggesting he could maneuver out of my way but that I was not fastest enough to get out of his way at that point.
The CPA in the end was 1/4mile (according to my radar), which seemed satisfactory to me, but they claimed their props were right on the bottom.
AIS would have made avoided this situation. He could have called me by name, rather than calling 'fishing boat near the bay bridge'; and I would have seen him very early around the corner and slightly later against the shore lights; and we both would have known the CPA.
I worked this over in my head
after it happened, and decided that given the tools I had (no AIS), that I had done the best I could have. . . . waited for an apparently clear spot in the traffic, crossed at 90 degrees, with motor
on at max speed, during vhf contact offered to take any course the ship wanted.
We have had two other close crossings, but the other both in the deep sea. A Brazilian vessel was crossing us and apparently did not see us, we shone a spot light on our mainsail
and they did not see us and then when pretty close I shone it at their bridge and it may have woken the watch stander up because they then made a sharp turn (I was just about to make one myself). And we had a Ukraine
vessel that never saw us and I took avoiding action. But that's not many close crosses in all our miles.