Originally Posted by David M
I am reading situation after situation where if the person on the yacht had got on the VHF
and tried to make passing arrangements with the ship that things would have been predictable and therefore much safer.
Why are so many non-professional boaters so seemingly frightened of making radio
contact with a ship? If there is any doubt at all, professionals make radio
contact with each other long before a meeting, crossing or overtaking situation occurs in order to make passing arrangements.
Lights and dayshapes only describe status and not necessarily intent. You are far better off getting on the VHF
to find out intent. It might also make a dull watch more interesting to talk to someone.
Also, if it is obvious on which side you are going to pass then dont start throwing in tacks a mile or two before your CPA. The best way to get in to a collison is to become unpredictable. Really, you need to make radio contact long before you get this close...long before the COLREG's start applying.
Going right to avoid a collision
is the unspoken intenational "rule" for avoiding collision
. I was taught this at the maritime academy. Or better defined, you almost never go left to avoid a collision.
He did call on the VHF, but far too late.
He turned to port without agreeing a green-to-green. Bad, bad, bad. He thought he was already well to port of the ship - failure to read the ship's aspect. And he was supposed to be standing on!
The ship followed the rules and turned to starboard. But he had seen the yacht's green sidelight!!
Very poor on both sides, IMHO.
The vessels turned into each other. If the yacht had stood on and communicated early, there would have been no problem, no matter how incompetent the Philippine guys on ghe ship were.
Getting back to the original premise of this thread - here is a great example of how chaotic maneuvering - the absence of a systematic approach to collision avoidance -- can get you killed.