The problem with your link is that only shows AIS
hits. It doesn't show the hundreds of barges being staged and moved around or many of the small tow boats that shuttle back and forth often hidden behind other barges. The smallest hit I could find on your link map a 75' tug. The small ones dart around like gnats and they are in the 30-60' range but aren't shown on your map.
Much easier in my mind to deal with ships traveling in a straight line in open water
. Here they are darting in and out. They are stopping and starting. If it's on a curve they may actually be skewing around at a 45 degree angle to account for the current
, so it's not readily apparent where they are headed. If you haven't run the inland rivers, it's something that might surprise you also. Not to be scared but running 20-30' off 1000'x100' tow because that's all the space that is available (a basic 3x5 tow common on the smaller rivers) takes a bit of respect and getting used to. Once you get used to it, it's kind of cool but always requires your full attention.
Also, how bad is the visibility. At 20kts with 10 mile visibility, that should give you 30mintues from the time you see a ship before it is on top of you. We generally don't head
is predicted and aren't so testosterone driven that we can't turn back if conditions are bad. (a little more trying to scare the new guy by exaggerating?).
Yes, we will take is seriously and get the tides and crossing methods sorted before crossing. We will wait for a good weather
If we weren't looking for new experiences, we wouldn't be taking the boat over to Europe
(UK & Ireland
included to be specific). So far no one has come up with anything that deserves more than a healthy dose of respect. There are challenges in most new areas.