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Old 09-17-2020, 12:29 PM
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Default Spot Lock Anchoring...Notifying the Idiots out there I AM NOT drifting!

2 weeks ago and over the course of the year I have had my Rhodan, Ive had at least a dozen boats nearly run me over, drift over me or anchor on top of me. "Um...excuse me...IM ANCHORED!" and I point promptly at the spot lock over the bow hanging down holding me in place. Mixed reactions from the un-educated of course and apologies from those whom just didn't realize it have resulted. So what is the best method to indicate your on your spot and ANCHORED?

Thanks for the heads up & tight lines.

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09-17-2020, 01:04 PM
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Buy an “invisible dog” leash, secure it to the bow to simulate an anchor rode.



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I would imagine the middle finger is most common.

But as far as “right of way” etc goes I’m curious about this as well.

Technically you’re not anchored. You’re using a motor to keep you in place. And unlike an anchor line, not so obvious you’re spot locked and not motoring along.

I’ll leave this to the experts who read all the right of way laws to decide this one.
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Dang, finally a good thread
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Originally Posted by wyldbillnj View Post
...at least a dozen boats nearly run me over, drift over me or anchor on top of me.
Why would any of those boaters care?

Nothing will fix it.
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One of those canister air horns will let them know. But technically spot lock does move around some, but not alot.
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Originally Posted by Esuomm1 View Post
Why would any of those boaters care?

Nothing will fix it.
Just for discussion sake, if everyone else is drifting with the current and you are using a motor, wouldn’t it technically be the person with spot lock driving their boat into the people who are drifting?

What’s the difference between using a trolling motor and using auto pilot on your engine or just manually using your engine to stay in one place? (From a right of way question).
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Offshore, the default will be to drift. You are the exception. I understand your frustration, but I’ve also been the the position where I’ve had a number of drifts and someone then spot locks in the middle.
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Grammar Nazi here... Idiots + your = irony.
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Fly a black anchor ball? R
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There was another thread a few weeks back almost the opposite of this one wherein someone who was drifting a wreck in a group of boats had someone come up and spot lock on the structure causing a long thread of opposing responses. I don't spot lock but instead drift rips in the Northeast and have had people cruise in and spot lock in a rip that I had been drifting either alone or in a "parade". The offender spot locking likely didn't realize that they just cut our drifts and got seriously pissed when we approached. I keep a cool head and iwll radio first and then drift up and have a discussion but some (many) do not listen to reason.

My suggestion (please) is to scope out a rip or structure before locking on to make sure that you don't blow up one (or more) boats day/evening by spot locking over where they have been drifting before your arrival. If you are the only one around then tough cookies on me if I get there and someone is already on the rip.....although in NE rips, it is more productive to drift and keep the lines vertical
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While drift fishing I used to look for an anchor line. Now i look for both an anchor line and a TM. A quick bump of the throttle is all it takes. Yes technically they are not on anchor but I am the rare bird who has common sense.
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Are you sure you are even “anchored”? There are a lot of complaints about Rhodans not holding their spot.
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Originally Posted by vandlor View Post
Are you sure you are even “anchored”? There are a lot of complaints about Rhodans not holding their spot.
Yea....I hold my spot.

I know the deal with not blowing up a drift line of boats like that, I try to be respectful and all. Typically over structure and such.
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I'm no expert either but seems the laws are set up so that the boat that has an easier time avoiding contact is obligated to do so. It seems that a drifter with engines off would have a harder time than someone under trolling motor power to avoid a collision.

On the flip side a vessel under main engine power could more easily avoid contact than one with a trolling motor (assuming it's not a tanker or cruise ship.

Some one anchoring next to you is what it is. I wouldn't do it but it's not your ocean or spot.
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Per USCG regs "Both vessels are to do everything possible to avoid a collison"

Maybe find a new spot? Doubt its very good if you're constantly getting run over by people drifting? Its just as much their ocean as yours.





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Originally Posted by Beanctr View Post
Fly a black anchor ball? R
This is what you are required to do if you want to tell people you are anchored, but how that fits legally when you are 'hovering' rather than truly anchored is a question. If you don't fly the ball, do you consider yourself to be anchored? . I know that no one flies them very much, but it gives a much more arguable case than pointing a spot lock motor that no one can even tell is running.
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Why would you consider yourself to be anchored when you are underway, under power?
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Just tossing this out there, but why not use a diver down flag? Keeps everyone 100ft away, and you dont have to be anchored.
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Originally Posted by Firecat1981 View Post
Just tossing this out there, but why not use a diver down flag? Keeps everyone 100ft away, and you dont have to be anchored.
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