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Old 21-01-2017, 14:43   #1
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"funny things" floating 20 miles E of Gibraltar

So that happened to me a couple of weeks ago.
I went close to the floating thingys to have a look and the speed boat on the image approached me right away and convinced me to keep sailing

what would you guys have done?
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Old 21-01-2017, 18:49   #2
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Re: "funny things" floating 20 miles E of Gibraltar

Long line floats or something?
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Old 21-01-2017, 18:53   #3
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Re: "funny things" floating 20 miles E of Gibraltar

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what would you guys have done?
Is this a trick question? Do I get three guesses?

How about profess ignorance and haul ass in the opposite direction with great expediency.
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Old 21-01-2017, 18:54   #4
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Re: "funny things" floating 20 miles E of Gibraltar

You didn’t say where you are (EDIT: ah, right … I need another beer )

Looks a lot like fishing nets common on the Great Lakes. They hang down from the buoys, some deeper than others. I’d guess some sort of fishing gear … but that’s a pretty scary (and useless) looking fishing boat.
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Re: "funny things" floating 20 miles E of Gibraltar

20 miles east of Gibralter, attention to detail!





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Old 21-01-2017, 19:02   #6
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Re: "funny things" floating 20 miles E of Gibraltar

How about this idiot...

Japanese tourist found 6km off Australian beach on surfboard - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

And so many drownings this summer in N.S.W. Australia...

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-0...istmas/8157186
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Old 21-01-2017, 19:24   #7
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Re: "funny things" floating 20 miles E of Gibraltar

The boys in boat appear in fairly good shape, young and unlike most fisherman up this way, have a military look to them, along with rig they are on.

We see and hear lots of spook boat stories up here.

Rib's going buy silently in the nite, with blacked out running mode engaged, Coasties shadow you in the fog, yet you hail them on radio to ask, and they glide off, so yes, I'd be on my merry way...........

All good I guess, unless your da bad guy!
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Old 21-01-2017, 19:36   #8
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Re: "funny things" floating 20 miles E of Gibraltar

Frogman training offshore.
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Re: "funny things" floating 20 miles E of Gibraltar

Doesn't look like a fishing boat to me and those floats don't look like they are holding up much either!!
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Re: "funny things" floating 20 miles E of Gibraltar

Could be scientists.... True doesn't look like holding much up (rmiker).

Like MarkJ said could be longlines they don't weigh that much necessarily.

We will never know.
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Re: "funny things" floating 20 miles E of Gibraltar

I was sailing off Sodus Point on Lake Ontario when a small aircraft flew overhead and a white "box" came out and fell to the water. I was smart enough not to use the VHF, instead called 911. I was told to ignore it. I did.
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Re: "funny things" floating 20 miles E of Gibraltar

I detect a certain touch of innocence/naivete in some of the responses.

Is it possible that the unmarked, well equipped, very high powered RIB is retrieving items that have been dropped 20 miles off the coast of Europe by another boat, possibly from the African continent?
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Re: "funny things" floating 20 miles E of Gibraltar

Reminds me of my days in Gibraltar .Would go out (usually west) and meet a freighter from somewhere and transfer cases of stuff ,,,,cameras,cigarettes ,tea ,who knows .Little known beaches around Ceuta and Morocco were frequented. Finally the Spanish police used machine guns to dissuade and I sailed to Trinidad Ah,those were fun days.
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Re: "funny things" floating 20 miles E of Gibraltar

Ordinarily, I tack well short of anything that looks like it might have a net or lines attached to it. In my area, the natives use blocks of white styrofoam with a similar aspect ratio... but those look more like food-grade jugs of some sort... not bearing any kind of load. And I've never seen a net tender powered like that... Who knows? Kind of looks like they're setting up for target practice, to me. Keep clear.

As a matter of fact, I did once have an experiment not too far from Gibraltar, hanging from an anchored float. People would always **** with it. Even if I wrote explanations on the float, in English and Espańol, pleading people to leave it alone, someone would eventually **** with it. Finally, I tied the float a couple of feet below the surface, and took careful bearings to a couple of points on shore.
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Re: "funny things" floating 20 miles E of Gibraltar

I probably would have opened fire on them.
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