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Old 14-08-2007, 19:58   #1
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Under repair flag/shape?

Can anyone tell me if there is an "under repair" flag or symbol.

I would love to complain about the wake from some passing boats but I'm sure they would say they did not know there was someone working on the boat.
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Old 14-08-2007, 20:31   #2
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Why not make one with a graphic showing a torpedo being launched at the offending wake thrower?

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Old 14-08-2007, 20:40   #3
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Hoist a black ball to indicate you are anchored - there are speed limits within certain distances of anchored craft. (Different from state to state, no doubt.)
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Do you think the nimrods that throw wake would really be sharp enough to understand anything besides the "Martini" flag?

Actually that might help, they might slow down and tie up to come get a free drink. (sigh)
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No, but it gives grounds for reporting them.
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Old 14-08-2007, 22:00   #6
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There is no such "under repair" indication in the ColRegs.

On the other hand, a boat is responsible for any damage their wake causes. But that the only way to enforce that is to sustain damage, and sue the wake-maker. Nothing you can call the Coast Guard to enforce, it's a civil issue not a criminal one.
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Lima Sierra works.

I also especially like Foxtrot Sierra :-)

Urgent and Important Signals (1916)

Here's the first page The International Code of Signals (1916)
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Problem is...

...there seem to be different codes.

The NGA International Code of Signals- Ch 2 does not list LS.

I do like their RY - "You should proceed at slow speed when passing me".

How could one be sure of the internationally accepted meaning?
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Rule 27. Not under command. Two vertical black balls.

Rule 27

Vessels Not Under Command or Restricted in Their Ability to Maneuver

(a) A vessel not under command shall exhibit:

(i) two all-round red lights in a vertical line where they can best be seen;

(ii) two balls or similar shapes in a vertical line where they can best be seen;

(iii)when making way through the water, in addition to the lights prescribed in this paragraph, sidelights and a sternlight.

(b) A vessel restricted in her ability to maneuver, except a vessel engaged in mineclearance operations, shall exhibit:

(i) three all-round lights in a vertical line where they can best be seen. The highest and lowest of these lights shall be red and the middle light shall be white;

(ii) three shapes in a vertical line where they can best be seen. The highest and lowest of these shapes shall be balls and the middle one a diamond.

(iii)when making way through the water, a masthead light, sidelights and a sternlight in addition to the lights prescribed in subparagraph (i);

(iv) when at anchor, in addition to the lights or shapes prescribed in subparagraphs(i) and (ii), the light, lights, or shape prescribed in Rule 30.

(c) A power driven vessel engaged in a towing operation such as severely restricts the towing vessel and her tow in their ability to deviate from their course shall, in addition to the lights or shapes prescribed in Rule 24(a), exhibit the lights or shapes prescribed in subparagraph (b)(i) and (ii) of this Rule.

(d) A vessel engaged in dredging or underwater operations, when restricted in her ability to maneuver, shall exhibit the lights and shapes prescribed in subparagraphs (b)(i),(ii) and (iii) of this Rule and shall in addition when an obstruction exists, exhibit:

(i) two all-round red lights or two balls in a vertical line to indicate the side on which the obstruction exists;

(ii) two all-round green lights or two diamonds in a vertical line to indicate the side on which another vessel may pass;

(iii) when at anchor, the lights or shapes prescribed in this paragraph instead of the lights or shapes prescribed in Rule 30.

(e) Whenever the size of a vessel engaged in diving operations makes it impracticable to exhibit all lights and shapes prescribed in paragraph (d) of this Rule, the following shall be exhibited:

(i) Three all-round lights in a vertical line where they can best be seen. The highest and lowest of these lights shall be red and the middle light shall be white;

(ii) a rigid replica of the code flag "A" not less than 1 meter in height. Measures shall be taken to ensure its all-round visibility.

(f) A vessel engaged in mineclearance operations shall in addition to the lights prescribed for a power driven vessel in Rule 23 or to the light or shape prescribed for a vessel at anchor in Rule 30 as appropriate, exhibit three all-round green lights or three balls. One of these lights or shapes shall be exhibited near the foremast head and one at each end of the fore yard. These lights or shapes indicate that it is dangerous for another vessel to approach within 1000 meters of the mineclearance vessel.

(g) Vessels of less than 12 meters in length, except those engaged in diving operations, shall not be required to exhibit the lights prescribed in this Rule.

(h) The signals prescribed in this Rule are not signals of vessels in distress and requiring assistance. Such signals are contained in Annex IV to these Regulations.
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Vertical black balls or red lights...

Sounds like one should exhibit the two vertical black balls or red lights when having a drink.

I haven't found a better signal than "RY".
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And when I looked next door...

... I saw the very flags I had been thinking of on a large barge mounted crane.
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