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Old 15 February 2010, 15:11   #31
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I'm sticking with my technique:

1. Big "F-O" A-Flag
2. Warning on VHF
3. Ramming

Throwing them lead weights at boats that get too close works as well!
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Old 15 February 2010, 15:20   #32
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Do you have an AIS reciever on the boat?
no - and I wasn't suggesting it as the only, or main way of communicating - but they are definitely increasing in popularity, work over relatively long distance, and wouldn't create the 'lets go closer to see that unusual flag/bouy/banner/frantic waving guy problem'.
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What distance should be kept from a boat flying the A flag?
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What distance should be kept from a boat flying the A flag?
Quite a bit further than I can throw a 4lb weight...
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Quite a bit further than I can throw a 4lb weight...
Bounce them off the tubes, go loads further then!
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quite a bit further than i can throw a 4lb weight...
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What distance should be kept from a boat flying the A flag?
HI phil ,in the uk i have heard from 50 to 100 meters exclusion zone ,,,depends on confined waters or open sea ,,,suppose dive boats could always set off a white anti collision hand flare if really needed ,,,though knowing the ignorence of some boaters if they are ignoring the A flag they might think you are in distress and come even closer ,, lol
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HI phil ,in the uk i have heard from 50 to 100 meters exclusion zone ,,,depends on confined waters or open sea ,,,suppose dive boats could always set off a white anti collision hand flare if really needed ,,,though knowing the ignorence of some boaters if they are ignoring the A flag they might think you are in distress and come even closer ,, lol
When I did my training I couldn't remember if they was a set distance.
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Either that or he was trying to get your attention!
That occurred to me too, but he was close enough to shore, and other people if anyone was in jeopardy I surmised.
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What distance should be kept from a boat flying the A flag?
"keep well clear and at slow speed"
we always teach the divers down flags (both "A" flag and t'other one) on a level 2 course-its frightening how many of the experienced boaters we have come to us don't have a clue as to what they are. And yes you can hear a fast revving prop underwater, but as to which direction its coming from-well thats another matter!
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