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Old 19 August 2009, 06:55   #31
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if you have to tow alongside in confined waters a much larger deeper keeled boat than your own and the other boat has a working rudder you can sometimes get better steering if you use the disabled boats steering and your boat just for propulsion ,as we did on this broken down fishing boat for a 100yds or so though a load of tight moorings with my little s.i.b .and an 8hp engine after it had been towed in with the larger lifeboat .
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Old 19 August 2009, 16:17   #32
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and dont forget to show the correct signals when towing
how many lifeboats ever do that? or indeed have a full set of towing lights-particularly a yellow stern light.
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how many lifeboats ever do that? or indeed have a full set of towing lights-particularly a yellow stern light.
as powart just posted ,seems like you can be exempt for emergencys ,,
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xactly - and a lifeboat is going there for a job that in reality often involves towing although the rnli will say that is not their purpose. The Tamar prototypes I saw in poole a few years back actually came with a yellow towing light, p'raps as recognition of what really happens. So there is little chance of any other boat having the shapes let alone the lights. The coded 50ft cat I am running at the moment has only n.u.c. / anchor shapes onboard.
As far as towing lights are concerned we dont have a yellow stern light available and we only have the one forward facing steaming light. It had to tow a fairly big boat in the other week in the dark when daughter was skipper and she made a good effort with the all round whites to indicate what was happening as well as informing the other boats in the area by radio. Shocking thing was the number of wild suggestions from the master of the towed vessel what the correct towing lights were!
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xactly - and a lifeboat is going there for a job that in reality often involves towing although the rnli will say that is not their purpose. The Tamar prototypes I saw in poole a few years back actually came with a yellow towing light, p'raps as recognition of what really happens.
think some are or were fitted with a yellow light on the mast for when moored up and its connected to the bilge alarm ,so that if left on a mooring and it starts to sink it can put out a vizible warning to those on shore ,
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but not a towing light.
The yellow flashing light on one side of our estuary means a container vessel is due to move in or out of the river. However when the one over t'other side of the river flashes it means the cess pit is full at the sailing centre.
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even for the big boys though you may have the space and facilitys for carriing and displaying a diamond shape,,,,but can you see it ,,lol ,,,, yellow arrow showing diamond shape above pilot,,,,regards mart
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