MIKE!! No WAY! We had the same exact experience on the CT River heading up to Deep River. We had just passed the breakwater in the LI Sound and were heading up the river. We were in the narrow, shoaled channel heading up up into the first mile or so of the river. The boat in question was some kind of a fishing/commercial type vessel regestered in FL. It was about 80ft+. It came from behind us rather quietly (no sound to hear) and did not make any attempt to hail us (I was on 16), or to sound the danger
signal. I was going 6 knots up the river. It proceeded to blast by us within 30 feet of our boat knocking our 26,000lbs down as well. My rail did hit the water
and everything went flying. It was an act of gross irresponsibility. I couldn't believe this professional captain
was so callous about this. People could very easily get hurt by this guy. My wife and I were thinking that if we were in our old boat (O'day 302), we would have surely sank.
I'm not sure how this guy can get away with this. He is leaving his company/owner open to MAJOR financial liabililty. We noticed he docked within about the first mile of the river as well, at a sort of state park looking area on the port side, heading up the river. Get a dozen eggs if you see him on the way back down. They aren't just for teenagers anymore.
This boat is not an example of a vessel constrained by its draft
, nor is it a weekend warrior. It's a very incosiderate commercial
vessel causing danger
and driving a very large boat more than 6 knots (maybe 10?) up a narrow, shoaled waterway without any regard for others. I was doing 6 knots up that river - motoring with sails
down. He was going about a mile up. Instead of calling on the VHF
, making a passing agreement via horn, or just simply following me up the mile distance, he just blasts by and knocks us down.
Maybe we should find out the name of this boat and both report him. It's FL registered, and I think it was aluminum
, if I can remember correclyt. I know what the bridge looks like and where it ties up.
As for suggestions on what you could have done - if it was indeed this same sitation we had, there isn't a thing you could have done, Mike. We were tight over to the starboard side of the channel risking a grounding to get as far out of this guy's way as possible once we saw him barreling down on us. (He was probably 50 feet astern when I heard the bow wake) In a confined space, you did the right thing. Just ride out the mess he caused and hope everything is ok. There really isn't anything you could do. I even tried hailing him on 16. No reply.
Originally Posted by Island Mike
Yesterday as we headed back up the CT River to Deep River we were almost swamped by a large power boat
. The Boat was moving at full speed and passed me on the stbd side in a narrow stretch of the river. It happened so fast there was not much I could do. Our boat is a 40 ketch
, full keeled and almost 30K pounds and the wave hit us in such a way that our boat was tossed from side to side almost violently. This is my first year in the river, in the sound I would have tried to maneuver around but here I could not. Any suggestions as what I could have done? I would have thought that the capt of that boat would have understood that he was throwing up a huge wave and could cause some boats real issues.