Two instances in Florida
, what would you have done?
1st - Coming down the ICW
in daylight between Ft Lauderdale and Miami
, there was a BIG boat party right at a section where the channel is fairly narrow, and we draw six feet. People were diving
, swimming, and playing ball games, generally having a great time and a lot of activity in the channel itself. We slowed to dead slow and navigated between revellers, only running aground once (got off easily). Question is, what is the etiquette for this, I was particularly worried about a couple of guys on rubber rings that wanted to share beers with us. Passed off well and didn't hit anyone.
2nd - Approaching the seven mile bridge from the bay side, motoring again and in daylight, on a fairly wide channel we had a small motor
launch pass directly in front of us from port to starboard flying a diving
flag, so we slowed right down to let him pass. Only at the last moment did we notice a tow line behind him where he was towing a diver about sixty to eighty feet astern of his boat. We reversed and he passed safely in front of us, I don't think either the diver or driver even knew we were there.
Interesting sailing in Florida
... Great place, but need to keep on your toes all the time.