Originally Posted by doug86
I believe the topic also included the question of an "unmanned" vessel. How does one reach an agreement on terms with an unmanned vessel that is careening through a crowded anchorage or towards some rocks?
So, we weren't quite off topic....
Whilst on my first visit to the Balearic's in 96 on my Westerly Longbow 'Deep Water'... I anchored in Andratx, Majorca.
boat with 7 guys aboard came charging
in, one at the bow released the anchor
and piled the cable straight down on top...no laying of the chain... meanwhile another was launching the dinghy
and they all promptly piled in and speed ashore to cruise
A coupla hours later the breeze sprang up and... surprise, surprise... she started dragging through the anchorage.
I leapt into my dinghy
, went over and hauled in the chain then re-layed it using the drift to bed
it in... it held.. so I headed back to my boat feeling good about myself.
As I passed another boat on the way back, the owner(long term ex-pat) waved me across.. he then proceeded to advise me to never do that again as..
A/ I could be arrested for trespass and attempting to steal the boat..
B/ Should the boat have been in collision
with another vessel I would be liable for any claims.
C/ If my attempts had failed and the boat had run aground I would be held liable for 'tampering' with the vessel and causing the disaster..
Needless to say... since then I've restricted my activities to merely 'fending off' unmanned drifting vessels.... unless they threaten to foul my anchor
in the process... in which case I'll fasten a line to them and lay more cable to compensate till the owner returns.
Out at sea in open water
away from land is another matter...