[QUOTE=Polwart;194867] aidan - you have a bit of an bizzare attitude - almost as though you are so experienced/knowledgable/wise that this could/would never happen to you (in spite of suggesting it nearly did). If you care enough to spend the time typing here - at least read the bloody bulletin for leisure boaters
Yeo Polwart, Its not that I do not care, of course I do, its just that I know that the answer is not within the report. if it was, you fellows would have picked it up by now. I have a pretty good idea what can happen and what he causes are and I have a vivid imagination of the events unfolding in my mind.
It doesnt matter tho, the circumstances were as they were and what happened obviously happened. As it happens I do have what I would deem as sufficient experience as I have well over 10 k at sea crusing with alot of noght experience and the only reason that it was a near miss is that I did not wish to commit a Mutiny or upset the idiot of a skipper any more than I needed to, i was in control of the situation and was near to cutting the tiedown of the life raft where by then I would have taken control of the helm.
I only take over when needed. Furthermore we were ona 50 ft yacht of which I had much experience and was not concerned as to the wash.
I also never took my eye off the other boat and was fully aware of what needed to be done. The same coaster had radar and did not answer their radio. Finally I would not have been surprisd if the OOW was as pissed as a fart with the ship on auto. At the bery least I assumed this to be the case.
With several hundred yards to go I pulled a hardturn to Starboard of more than 90 degrees with the engine in full drive to make our intentions most obvious on any Radar. Once the Coastr had passed safely (though I could clearly hear its engines throbbing off into the night), I made a further turn toPort tothe original course to take any wash head on. We were hanked on for Night Watch post Tabs and Colours down as was the rules.
Finally dear Polwart, I am not a man to take chances with life or limb. Do let me know if the report has anything new in it please. I doubt it.
As mentioned before, I had oft 16 bodies under my care and my job was to return with 160 fingers (inc Thumbs) working intact.
Not withstanding, I have been known to be bizzare on more than one occasion. I will have a look at this site though as you recommend it "strongly"
I am not new to boats and I have been boating/yachting since before the advent of the Mirror Dingy.
I am often amazed though at the arrogance of people buying new boats and heading of to sea as if it were a car. I can see why you may be slightly irked at people being unaware of any dangers.