Originally Posted by Finditsurfit
I have to vent about my day and the lack of understanding of cruisers with people who drive boats for a living. I am both. Today I was doing double hotsprings tours back to back and 11 hour day and I did one yesterday. We have a dock where my company and 4 others drop people off and pick up. There is a loading zone marked in white. While this is a public dock we pay a yearly usage fee. So when I show up to work and there is not where to drop off my passengers bc there was 2 trawlers and a fat hunter
in my spot. I moved a float plane via asking nicely and when I tried to ask them to anchor
and use there huge dinks they where rude and talked down to me. So I worked around them all day. docking
on the 4 ft wide end by myself in 15 -20 knts. So next time you are rude to a comercial captain
and think you have some right or prestige bc you have a big boat you should understand that you are a jerk.
Also I may drive a 30ft boat most days but I have delivered 100 ft yachts and am upgrading to my 200ton masters so don't talk down to the guy driving the small boat bc I prob have more miles under my belt and am out here all day and the west coast
of vancouver island is nasty. I just want people to think before they act arrogant. I have "saved" some of boaters who couldn't drive there boat in 25 ft waves and I gave them a lift
. I just hate that the community I love has crapped on me the last 2 days.
I have a couple things to say about this:
1. I think all cruisers should permanently keep in mind that we are amateurs
out having fun
, which puts us in a totally different category from professionals
who are out doing their jobs.
I try to never, ever, ever forget this, personally. One way I put this concept
into practice is to navigate to the absolute maximum extent possible so that I don't interfere in the slightest way with shipping
. I am particularly careful to avoid any situation where I might end up being technically the stand-on vessel, in order to avoid making the commercial
captain even think about manuevering, which is so unfair since a commercial ship is 100x harder to maneuver than our little blow-boats are. I almost ran aground one time fleeing a shipping
channel, in order to avoid that situation.
As a kind of footnote to that, I expect (but rarely receive) the same kind of consideration from small mobos and dinghy
sailors. I am constrained by draft
compared to them (54 foot boat drawing almost 2.5 meters) and are much slower to maneuver. With 22 tons displacement
I cannot stop on a dime. It particularly irritates me when 17 foot bowriders full of beer-drinkers cut me off in my river when I'm on my way out to sea, then weave back and forth across the channel at 4 knots without once looking behind them. In order to imagine what commercial captains think about us, I remember that feeling and magnify it by 1000x. No wonder they call us "WAFIs".
2. If a sailboat is legitimately docked at a public dock in a place where he is specifically allowed to dock, and all tied up and settled in, the skipper
will not immediately comprehend why he should move. No doubt the guys you were dealing with were jerks, but it sounds to me like the bigger issue is regulation of use of that public dock and signage explaining the priority of commercial vessels.