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Old 22-10-2013, 23:46   #1
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BBBAAaaaauuuuggggghhhhhaaaaaUuuuunt

BBBAAaaaauuuuggggghhhhhaaaaaUuuuunt!!!!!!!


Is the sound of Seattle this time of year, in fog, visibility 0.10 miles in fog.

What are you doing to be safe in FOG?

We crossed 2-20 miles in fog starting in August, on 6 separate crossings, some in open seaways, some in consolidated areas.

We crossed some that knew fog and were seen/heard, and some that we didn't see, nor did they see/hear US.

How do we be safe? What can you enlighten?

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Old 23-10-2013, 09:05   #2
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Radar,AIS.

I haven't seen any sun or wind for over a week on Whidbey.
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Old 23-10-2013, 09:19   #3
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Re: BBBAAaaaauuuuggggghhhhhaaaaaUuuuunt

Read my lips: "R A D A R". :>)
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Old 23-10-2013, 10:24   #4
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Do all crossings at night...you won't notice the fog and you get to sleep all day.
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Old 23-10-2013, 15:36   #5
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Re: BBBAAaaaauuuuggggghhhhhaaaaaUuuuunt

Oooh Oohh ! WE HAD FILTERED SUN for five minutes.
Now it's gone...
This AM it was so thick, our viz was down to about 100 ft.
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Old 23-10-2013, 20:36   #6
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Re: BBBAAaaaauuuuggggghhhhhaaaaaUuuuunt

As I pass sailboats in the fog without AIS while they head full steam into the shipping lanes I just shudder. Some are not even very big on my radar.
How's a ship going to avoid them going 17 knots with a 6 foot bow wave?
Death, Destruction, Dismemberment. And you wonder why I stay away from that part of the Sound.
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Make sure you monitor channels 13 and 16 on your VHF. Have a good idea where you are, as commercial vessels will most likely call you by position if you don't have AIS.
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Old 31-10-2013, 02:14   #8
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Radar, Radar, Radar, AIS Transponder and most of all: Keep out of the shipping lanes for commercial traffic. If possible, stay in shallow waters, where the big boys cannot go.
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Old 31-10-2013, 04:59   #9
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Re: BBBAAaaaauuuuggggghhhhhaaaaaUuuuunt

Yeah, well try sailing the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia.

A lady we met wrote an article about it, "Fogs I have known".

I've actually seen a fog bank so dense and distinct that I could SE the shadow of my mast on it.

Coming into Halifax, a BIG freighter passed me within 100 yards, overtaking, never saw him until within the inner harbor.

But they have good and very active harbor traffic control. MUCH appreciated.
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