Originally Posted by unbusted67
Are you saying that if you try to hail a ship they might attack you? I'm sorry is anyone else picking up on this?
I'm not a fearful person, but when I'm 1000 miles offshore
, I'm in a no man's land and at the mercy of random acts of stupidity. I've seen some desperate looking crews on the high seas. Some look like they were shanghaied, and I've worked in places where indentured servitude is alive and well. Those crew members live lives of quiet desperation on the high seas, and I'm not sure what their rules of engagement are offshore
I've heard of plenty of incidents of yachts being shadowed by ships matching turn for turn, and eventually being struck. I've never had any aggressive action against Exit Only, but then I don't often talk to ships to announce my presence.
If I do talk to ships, it's because something unusual is happening.
Our most interesting conversation with ships happened in the middle of the Indian Ocean
, and it went like this:
Me: Big ship, big ship, what is that huge long tube on your deck
going from the bow almost to the stern?
Ship's bridge: That's a giant missle that we picked up in North Korea
, and we are taking it to Saudi Arabia for delivery
Me: Wow! Thanks. Have a great day.
It really happened. I don't know what kind of a missle it was, but it was humongous.