Originally Posted by Bash
We've buddy boated successfully with a slower boat just by running a smaller jib
. He hanked on his #1, and we went with a #3, and everybody was happy. A few times he closed the gap by motorsailing a bit.
This is quite common; that, or sailing the bigger boat with a reef in the main.
Both of you having AIS
transceivers is a great idea. Imagine how easy it is to spot a boat when the AIS
is giving you a distance and a relative bearing. Even a mast
top eight NM back is going to be easy to find on a clear day.
It's also a safety
device in the sense that if one boat has trouble, and they lose VHF
and AIS, you have a "last known good bearing and distance" to either get to them yourself, or to pass in a MAYDAY relay.
EDIT: Hmm...after reading other replies, I realize that I wouldn't actually want to do this myself. I agree: check in by radio
at 1200Z or 1600Z or whatever works, but otherwise agree to row over for a sundowner once set to rights.