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Old 05-12-2016, 17:48   #1
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Ferry And Powerboat Collide

Well, this happened today...

https://www.facebook.com/cyberwiz/po...54079974808085
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I can't edit or delete my thread? Beautiful...smh
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The power boat's name is supposedly "Nap Time". The Nap Time must have read the Colregs, as he was the stand on vessel and held his course.
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Re: Ferry And Powerboat Collide

Besides the YouTube video, here is the latest news I found locally:

State ferry hit by private boat while operator was using bathroom | KOMO
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State ferry hit by private boat while operator was using bathroom| KOMO]
That must have cleaned him out.
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I need to rethink how well Bayliner boats are built. The Ferry should have changed course.
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The power boat's name is supposedly "Nap Time". The Nap Time must have read the Colregs, as he was the stand on vessel and held his course.
I thought the colregs say: Ferries don't stop for no one no way....or maybe that's just how they typically drive.
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I need to rethink how well Bayliner boats are built. The Ferry should have changed course.
My understanding is ferries have priority..
Moral of story.. stop for your crap..
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Re: Ferry And Powerboat Collide

COLREGS do assume that boat captains will use their head in questionable situations, and do what is necessary to avoid a collision.

""Nothing in these rules shall absolve the operator from the exercise of good judgement..."

The skipper of that small boat was certainly using his head at that crossing. (Pun)
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So he was just on the local news. He engaged autopilot and went to the head. Didn't have his hearing aids in.
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Re: Ferry And Powerboat Collide

My home waters for 30-years. I lived on the hill overlooking that ferry landing at Pt Defiance for 21-years and kept my boat at one end or the other of that passage. I sailed thru there hundreds of times so here are two observations.

- there can be very strong and large shifts in the tidal current. The current can be pushing you NW at three knots and 100-yards later it might be pushing you SSW at one knot. I've been on my sailboard out there and have seen three foot mounds of water where the tidal currents from Dalco Passage, East Passage, and the Narrows meet. The small boat operator may have thought he was on a course to take him astern of the ferry when the current shifted.

- The ferries on that run make sudden and unexpected, for those who've not been there before, course changes as they cross from Pt. Defiance to Tallequah on Vashon Island. The ferry captain might head 45 degrees off the rhumb line and then when he gets feel for the current he will make a big course change to line up for the landing. I've seen them make almost a 90 degree change during spring tides.

NONE of that excuses the small boat operator from his responsibility to stay at the helm while transiting such dynamic water filled with small fishing boats, ferries, and serious tidal currents. I've had dozens of close encounters with fishing boats as they zig and zag while trolling or drift fishing. It is inconceivable that someone was not at the wheel of the small boat.

One additional comment. I've talked to dozens of Washington State Ferry bridge crews on the VHF in similar situations. They are always very professional and courteous. They welcome the VHF interaction and always do what is necessary to make the crossing or passing as safe and easy as possible.
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That was a Bayliner?
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