How to Avoid Huge Ships by Capt J W Trimmer

Jul 9, 2000
Easley South Carolina
>>Just stay out the damn channel. Simple enough.<<

And if you've ever been out there, you must surely be amazed at how many "weekend sailors" just don't get that. In San Diego for example, I've watched sailboats cross back and forth between bouys even with traffic entering and leaving the harbour!

Mark Baber

Jul 4, 2000
31 July 1911: The New York Times reports that captains of Atlantic liners
have been complaining about motor boats with fishing parties anchoring or
drifting in the Ambrose Channel. "The fool who rocked the old-fashioned
boat has now been replaced by the idiot who will not get out of the way of a
liner, and takes delight in seeing the vessel stop to prevent a collision,"
says Alexander E. S. Hambelton, commander of Celtic II. Citing a New York
Harbor Board policy that the channel is to be kept free for liners,
Hambelton states that "I have made up my mind that if I get in a tight place
in the Ambrose Channel I shall not jeopardize my ship to avoid running down
one of these boats if it is in my way." (Source: The New York Times, 31 July
Oct 28, 2000
There is the Rule of Tonnage -- big boat always wins. Or, the corollary that states, "Whether the steel hits the fiberglass or the fiberglass hits the steel, it's always bad for the fiberglass.

I have actually witnessed a sailboat under full spinnaker and blooper booming along until it "T-boned" a 700-foot Great Lakes freighter. Fortunately, there was no damage to the steel.

-- David G. Brown

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