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Old 11-07-2019, 09:26   #16
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Re: Ever Have a boating accident?

The first time I ever took my mom out sailing was a casual race on Tues nights on a tight race course. Beautiful day and enough wind to move decent. I see a boat about to cross our path and yell "starboard", it appeared he amended course slightly. At that point I kind of lost track of him behind the sail and assumed he was bearing off. This is a small lake entirely surrounded by homes etc and that race is a constant crossing of boats, it's like a traffic jam in a parking lot! All of a sudden he appears heading toward my stern a few feet away and crashes into the stern side bending my stern pulpit! Of course that's right near where Mom is sitting!
Afterwards Mom asks "does this happen all the time?"
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Old 11-07-2019, 09:28   #17
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Re: Ever Have a boating accident?

Boat on the side, myself not attached, scared sh--less and mentally unable to go on.



Boat upside down, myself down below with anchor chain all over my bruised head.


Client/owner breaking his leg mid way between US and EU. Helico airlift.



Client ruder-less mid-Atlantil hurricane Andrew sweeping the boat (100 miles from the center).


etc.


No death toll, this far.


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Boat on the side, myself not attached, scared sh--less and mentally unable to go on.



Boat upside down, myself down below with anchor chain all over my bruised head.


Client/owner breaking his leg mid way between US and EU. Helico airlift.



Client ruder-less mid-Atlantil hurricane Andrew sweeping the boat (100 miles from the center).


etc.


No death toll, this far.


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Old 11-07-2019, 14:36   #19
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Ever Have a boating accident?

Wow Barnakiel. I guess you donít want to talk about it otherwise you would have elaborated. Iíll just say well done for coming through those situations (and bringing others through them) alive.

There was an incident in Bermuda a couple of years ago that we can all learn from. Basically:

Boat A is a 20-something foot motorboat, planing.
Boat B is a 20-something foot motorboat.

Itís dark. Both boats are showing lights, though there is debate about whether boat B was showing the correct ones.

Boat A wants to turn to port, but boat B is on the port bow, so boat A maintains course. They pass port to port and boat A then turns to port to pass astern of boat B. But boat B is towing an inflatable dinghy with no lights and three people on board. There are several injuries and one person is killed. The court case went on for some time, with several charges being brought against the skipper of boat B, and none against the skipper of boat A. It was a horrendous experience for all involved.

I have been in the same situation as boat B countless times, and I am certain that there are times when I have done exactly as the skipper of that boat did in turning to port to pass astern of another vessel. Often that turn to port has been quite a sharp one depending on where my destination has been, and I have thought nothing of it.

I know of several similar incidents where people in dinghies have been killed in the lagoon in St. Martin because they were not showing lights and could not be seen.

Lessons learned:

1) See and be seen. Donít skimp on lights.
2) Donít pass too close astern of someone at night, especially if youíre moving fast.
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Old 11-07-2019, 19:06   #20
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Re: Ever Have a boating accident?

This was not an "accident", but it is something to consider. Someone with a large aluminum dinghy with a large motor, wanted to go where we were going, but Jim slowed down, to ease our passage over a wake. The guy in the tinny (aluminum dinghy) could not see us, as he was very bows up, accelerating towards us, about to run over us from behind. I whistled loudly (like for a cab) and stuck my hand up waving briskly to try and get his attention, he heard the whistle, and had the presence of mind to slow the boat, about 2 boat lengths off us. When he then saw us, he re-directed his course, and both of us went on our ways.

It is a local practice to drive around like this, and they really cannot see forward very well. If someone does something (like we did) unexpected, but reasonable to us, they cannot see that someone.

Lesson: remember to keep a lookout astern as well as ahead. There are times when you may have to take action rather than being "dead right."

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