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Old 07-12-2010, 20:28   #16
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Big Ship in the Fog

Every June I move my charter boat from Ocean City MD to Hatteras NC. In 2008 I was 30 miles off shore passing Norfolk VA at 6AM in patchy fog. On my radar, 6 miles ahead were 2 small and 1 very large freighter, or so it appeared to me. From the radar it was clear that they were barely moving, waiting for the fog to clear before crossing over the tunnel of the Chesapeake Bay bridge. My course put me crossing 2-3 miles in front of the largest ship. As I approached the ship came into view, a very large mid-island freighter. At this point my radar screen tuned completely light green and the voice on the radio said, "vessel at position X... Y... this is Navy warship 75. Alter your course to 235 degrees and maintain 3 miles separation". The Bow of the Nimitz Class Carrier "Harry S. Truman" is still an impressive site at 3 miles.

Moral of the story: It's always good to Monitor VHF channel 16 whenever you are offshore!

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Old 07-12-2010, 20:31   #17
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Were you that guy with Dick Cheney, nose looks like a bit like a beak and all that?
WEST Texas. Not SOUTH Texas. MAN, get your geography straight!

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Every June I move my charter boat from Ocean City MD to Hatteras NC. In 2008 I was 30 miles off shore passing Norfolk VA at 6AM in patchy fog. On my radar, 6 miles ahead were 2 small and 1 very large freighter, or so it appeared to me. From the radar it was clear that they were barely moving, waiting for the fog to clear before crossing over the tunnel of the Chesapeake Bay bridge. My course put me crossing 2-3 miles in front of the largest ship. As I approached the ship came into view, a very large mid-island freighter. At this point my radar screen tuned completely light green and the voice on the radio said, "vessel at position X... Y... this is Navy warship 75. Alter your course to 235 degrees and maintain 3 miles separation". The Bow of the Nimitz Class Carrier "Harry S. Truman" is still an impressive site at 3 miles.

Moral of the story: It's always good to Monitor VHF channel 16 whenever you are offshore!

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A long piece of poly strewn over the stern stops an unlit Red Sea type pirate's prop quickly, and leaves you in peace. A length of wire rope does it even better and longer, especialy rigging wire. Best only attach it to your boat by a light piece of breakway line. Turning from side to side increases the odds of them picking it up in their prop.
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The Bow of the Nimitz Class Carrier "Harry S. Truman" is still an impressive site at 3 miles.

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As a teen I got a tour of the "Harry S. Truman" the view from it is amazing too.
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The first few times I sailed past Vandenberg AF Base--otherwise known as the "Pacific Missile Test Range"--I called Plead Control, as per the instructions on the chart, and got no response. The next time I transited the range, I decided not to bother with Plead Control. Sure enough, as soon as I was in the middle of the range, I heard a Pan Pan announcing an immanent launch. Somewhat desperately, I called Plead Control. The calm voice on the other end asked, "Skipper, do you know what an Apache Helicopter looks like? After I answered in the affirmative, he replied, "When one shows up, please follow it at your best speed."

I did.
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ahaha, Bash..."Skipper, do you know what an Apache Helicopter looks like?" that would have been sweet, as long as you had nothing to hide.
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Over the last several decades, the San Francisco Bay Area has become a virtual military-free zone. With the closing of Mare Island, no more submarines. With the closing of the Alameda Air Station, no more active aircraft carriers. With the closing of Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, etc. 'Bout the only time military vessels appear is during Fleet Week. The Coasties are the only ones with on-water firepower here.

About 15 years ago, my pocket cutter drifted (due to lack of wind) too close to the docks of the Concord Naval Weapons Depot (Port Chicago). A guy on the decks magaphoned, telling me to stay further away. Had to crank up the Seagull and motor away. Wonder if they would have sent out a launch to tow me away or arrested me if I hadn't had an auxiliary engine
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One day at Miami, sailing with four ladies in tinny bikinis, we were pass by USCG boat. They turn around and pass us again, then making a sharp turn at arm distance, leaving us soaking wet!!!
The ladies were upset , but I find it really funny
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I was running home at 2am just outside PL last summer and was buzzed by an unlit fish and game boat. I have night vision equipment and they stopped stalking us when they saw me looking back at them while they looked at me. Not as fun I guess when they know your watching. (They were looking for crab poachers not tired sailors.)

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I was running home at 2am just outside PL last summer and was buzzed by an unlit fish and game boat. I have night vision equipment and they stopped stalking us when they saw me looking back at them while they looked at me. Not as fun I guess when they know your watching. (They were looking for crab poachers not tired sailors.)

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I gotta get some NV equipment! And sometime "down the road" I have 3 or 4 $K burning a hole in the pocket, I'd consider thermal viewers.
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No doubt they were watching you on infrared to see what your physical responses would have been at the time. If all of a sudden there was rushed movements and people clamoring into the space under the cockpit (to hide) or dumping stuff overboard they would have seen it all anyway. So ultimately, they probably only needed to say hello and ask a couple of questions to see how you reacted to their presence.

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I wonder how much of a problem the warm engine and cabin heater was causing them. We had the cabin fan on aimed at the diesel heater keep the cabin nice and toasty. I'm glad they're out there doing their thing; the whole "race up at night with no lights on" thing is what irked me a bit.
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Odd, about 8 or 10 years back, I joined a friend in SD for a jaunt in a rented 30' sailboat, and when we were a quarter mile outside of the harbor, a US nuke sub was leaving while a Brit or Aussie nuke sub was entering. They stopped to chat with each other or look each other over, about 200 yards from us. It was quite a sight and no one was concerned about us at all. My memory on dates is sketchy, perhaps it was the summer of '01 and Fodderland hysteria hadn't yet geared up.
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Odd, about 8 or 10 years back, I joined a friend in SD for a jaunt in a rented 30' sailboat, and when we were a quarter mile outside of the harbor, a US nuke sub was leaving while a Brit or Aussie nuke sub was entering. They stopped to chat with each other or look each other over, about 200 yards from us. It was quite a sight and no one was concerned about us at all. My memory on dates is sketchy, perhaps it was the summer of '01 and Fodderland hysteria hadn't yet geared up.
I served onboard a US submarine for a bit; things were much different before 9/11. Back then I could take anyone I wanted down below when we were at the dock, and it wasn't all that hard to convince the skipper to let a civilian come along (like my dad, a vet) for a day trip provided we made a "family & friends day", capped the total attendance, and made some boat prep in advance. Now the idea of doing that would be absurd.
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In the months after 9/11 there were attack helicopters flying patrols of San Diego Harbor. Stuff was crazy.
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