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Old 29 April 2015, 03:53   #21
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I am sure you are all well aware..........you are a very experienced lot.......but I will tell you anyway.....

10 miles off Alderney there is a two sea lanes, each going in opposite directions, which are VERY busy. Ships pass at about 5 min intervals even on Xmas day!

Try dodging a supertanker or container ship when it emerges from the fog 50 yards in front of you-and remember, even if they are watchkeeping, they won't see you on RADAR.
Playing chicken is probably great fun but just as you wiping your brow and saying "phew, just missed that one", there will be another, just ahead, going in the opposite direction!!!

Oh, and you will remember their wakes won't you?
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Old 29 April 2015, 04:29   #22
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makes you wonder how all the ferries manage everyday doesnt it ? anyway trying to get that weekend off work and would like to join you guys play chicken with some tankers
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makes you wonder how all the ferries manage everyday doesnt it ? anyway trying to get that weekend off work and would like to join you guys play chicken with some tankers
They have RADAR, Carl and can see each other.
They also don't break down, fall overboard, pull out the kill switch inadvertantly, panic, misjudge distances and the miriad of other things that can go wrong in a small boat. Not to say these things don't happen in commercial vessels, but I know which vessel I would rather be on when one of those things does happen.
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Old 29 April 2015, 11:47   #24
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Probably safer not to go
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Old 29 April 2015, 11:49   #25
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Probably safer not to go

Undoubtedly. But if you are going it's quite handy to be aware of the shipping lanes.
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Old 29 April 2015, 12:12   #26
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I'm sure all skippers will produce their own passage plan. Always good to hear others points and take note. Looking forward to trip,heads up there is a golf tournament on island that weekend so booking accommodation early is recommended.
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Old 29 April 2015, 13:18   #27
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Oh, and you will remember their wakes won't you?
Incidentally, what is the wake like from something really big? I think the biggest I've ever seen up close was from a Mersey-class lifeboat, which obviously doesn't really compare.
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Old 29 April 2015, 13:32   #28
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Could always try this on the way over..?


http://youtu.be/bNMAIQU77Ho

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Old 29 April 2015, 15:55   #29
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My rib isn't ready otherwise would love to go.

Wonder if I'd make it on the zapcat haha
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