Thanks for all the interesting replies, tips and tales and takes.
When you're sitting at the bar having a drink in friendly conversation, perhaps ask a boater to describe his boat.
You'd be amazed at how few people can simply describe what their boat looks like.
Try it and see.
All my kids
(crew) can describe ours.
Though our's is a pretty common boat and colours in the San Pedro Bay,, we have an accurate description burned into all our melons. Also, several methods to locate our position.
Like I mentioned in an earlier post, listen to Ch16 and the angry boaters that expect to be easily located.
We hailed a request to locate and assist a sail boater and his son that were very ill from Sea Sickness
They had been attempting to sail up from San Diego
and were 40 hours into the trip with another 30 to go.
No good winds, they ran outta fuel
, dead in the water
, and a beautiful Hunter
boat ya just drool over,,, but that's another story.
His daughter called in their position and description perfectly and we scooped them up.
His daughter and her friends eventually finished the trip (we gave them fuel) and we got the skipper
and his son ashore in about 45 minutes.
He picked up our bar tab BTW.
Not all sailboaters are cheapskates.