Originally Posted by Ironhorse74
I would make the argument that my VHF is essential to navigation. I wonder if you had a bridge with 30 foot clearence and a sailboat that was 31 foot to the top of a vhf antenna. Would it be reasonable to make the sailboat climb the mast
and remove the 18 inch antenna?
You would lose that argument. AND the vhf will still work with the antenna's down. So double fail.
An antenna atop a sailboat mast is permanently affixed, therefore 'not lowerable.'
AND, if your friend was so bent out of shape about it he should not have them on folding mounts. But I'm betting he lowers them to get into a boathouse. The Bridge operator sounds like kind of a jerk, but not about this.
A boat should not be blocking traffic and trains 'just cuz' If you can go under a bridge without it opening then you should, pretty simple stuff really.