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Old 05-06-2007, 09:06 AM
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I was cruising in from offshore Port Canaveral last night at abput 11PM and about 15 miles out I picked up a target on the radar on my course line. I was running in the 3 mile range so I started watching it as soon as it came into view. The target appeared to be at rest because it was only getting closer to me but not at a very fast rate. I was running at about 18 knots and seas were very calm. I was the only one still awake and kept looking for lights of what I thought was an anchored boat.

I kept getting closer but could still not pick up any lights so at about 1/2 nm I came off plane. I was looking around the windscreen because now I am thinking it is somekind of floating object or a small boat at anchor without lights and I am curious about it. I finally picked up what looked like the silouette of sails. It took a few minutes to figure for sure what it was and what course he was traveling. By this time I am at idle forward.

This guy was cruising northboud 15 miles offshore PC without light one on the boat. I also figure there is not anyone on watch at the helm because surely he would have warned me by light, horn, or radio when he saw me approaching on a collision course. Of course it could also been a blowboater exercising his rights of right of way.

This would have been a very good time to have a hailer to tell him a thing or two.

Just venting.

Oh yeah! I know I could have steered well clear of the boat when it first appeared on the radar.

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Old 05-06-2007, 09:36 AM
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You having radar may have saved some lives.
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Old 05-06-2007, 10:18 AM
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Running at night with no lights, power or sail, is a very foolhardy thing to do. The sailor could have had a problem with lights or power, but to have no one on watch while moving is an absolutely stupid thing to do.
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Old 05-06-2007, 10:23 AM
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Way to be heads-up.

Another sail rant is that the drawbridges in our area would never have to open if it wasn't for sailboat masts.

I've seen 55+ sportfishers cruise right under then the luggy sailboat creates a 10 minute pompous bridge opening ritual.

Careful - this might become a rant thread.

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Old 05-06-2007, 10:40 AM
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I used to keep a boat at a marina that had several sailboats berthed there. I got to know a few of the owners casually, and here are my observations. People who sail are purists for the most part....they enjoy the art of sailing, relying on their skills and abilities to navigate using only the wind and currents. Most diehard sailors are indeed skilled and knowledgeable...usually more so than the average powerboater. It's the green sailboaters that you have to look out for--just like any inexperienced boater. Some of us look upon a blow boat as a nuisance....slowing you down in the waterway, or as Wiley said, slowing you down at the drawbridge. My philosophy is that they have just as much right to navigate as I do, as long as they operate by the rules of navigation. Running at night without lights is not only foolish, it's dangerous and reckless....and I have seen plenty of 50+ foot sporties running 25 knots doing exactly that. So, it's not something that you see only with sailboats.
Aubrey, your vigilance at the helm probably saved you from a collision and possibly someone's life.
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Old 05-06-2007, 10:58 AM
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There are two different kinds of blowboaters, the yacht sailors who have well maintained boats and actually sail them. Then you have the vagabonds whose boats look like crap and are covered in junk, they don't sail they just motor around the intercoastal telling everyone on the radio to slow down. I don't mind the yacht sailors, but the bunnyhuggers can sink.
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Old 05-06-2007, 11:05 AM
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Ghost ship......?
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Old 05-06-2007, 11:07 AM
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Wet-n-Wiley - 5/6/2007 10:23 AM

Another sail rant is that the drawbridges in our area would never have to open if it wasn't for sailboat masts.

I've seen 55+ sportfishers cruise right under then the sluggy sailboat creates a 10 minute pompous bridge opening ritual.

Duh really? Pompous?? WTH are you thinking??? What's pompous is a supposedly "Hull truth" "Boating and Fishing" forum moderator who decides to put down one class of boat and the boaters who enjoy them. I think you owe the community an apology for that remark. All boaters should feel welcome here.

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Old 05-06-2007, 11:32 AM
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As someone who has both a sailboat and powerboat, I can only tell you that stupidity is not limited to either group. We watch powerboaters at night on the intercoastal outside our place in Jupiter up on plane in a idle speed zone with no lights at all and we have seen plenty of both kinds of boats off shore with either no lights or improper lights.

As far as bridges go, while I understand Wiley's frustration, I also watch those sport fish that try to get the bridges to open so that they don't have to put down the outriggers. Not so easy to put down the mast on a sailboat.

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Old 05-06-2007, 11:37 AM
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itwonder - 5/6/2007 11:07 AM

All boaters should feel welcome here.









And when pompous blowboaters are considered boaters, they will be...

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Old 05-06-2007, 11:46 AM
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itwonder - 5/6/2007 11:07 AM

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Another sail rant is that the drawbridges in our area would never have to open if it wasn't for sailboat masts.

I've seen 55+ sportfishers cruise right under then the sluggy sailboat creates a 10 minute pompous bridge opening ritual.

Duh really? Pompous?? WTH are you thinking??? What's pompous is a supposedly "Hull truth" "Boating and Fishing" forum moderator who decides to put down one class of boat and the boaters who enjoy them. I think you owe the community an apology for that remark. All boaters should feel welcome here.

Blowers can find a more suitable forum for them, get lost. All boaters that fit in are welcome
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Old 05-06-2007, 12:39 PM
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I have done a lot of sailing. It is inevitable that at one time or another power is lost. It just seems to happen. To not have someone on watch with a light to shine up in the sails is inexcusable and borders on the criminal. I hope he was safe but would well understand if I read an accident report.
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Old 05-06-2007, 12:43 PM
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As a owner of a power and sail boat, I find it ridiculous the we have to classify one another by the type of boat we are in. I simply classify them as stupid or not, no matter what type of boat they have. The sailor aubrey spotted was in fact stupid. He should have had some type of light up, period. If he was having trouble with his lighting he should have had a back-up plan. It wouldnt have mattered if it was a flashlight hanging from his backstay, as long as he could have been seen by other boaters. He is lucky aubrey had radar and is a smart boater.

This is exactly the mentality that pisses me off. We do not own the water we are in, therefore anyone has a right to it regardless what type of boat they are in. I enjoy the water in everyway possible. My family has 3 sailboats 2 power and 5 kayaks. I conduct myself in the same manner regardless of what I'm in. I am mindfull of my wake and it's affect on others. I respect my fellow boaters, as they have as much right to be there as I do. If we all just dropped the preconcieved notions of other boaters, the water would be a whole lot nicer place to be, especially in crowded areas like Florida. Wiley shoud be more carefull of the comments he makes when expressing his opinion. He is supposed to be "neutral" in order to fairly moderate this forum. This is exactly the kind of crap the keeps me from getting a wheel. I just can't bring myself to handing over any money to support the knuckle-heads that seem to start more s&!t on this board than any board I frequent. Just my $.02
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Old 05-06-2007, 12:44 PM
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Maybe he was just trying to reduce his carbon footprint.
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Old 05-06-2007, 12:53 PM
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Another sail rant is that the drawbridges in our area would never have to open if it wasn't for sailboat masts.

I've seen 55+ sportfishers cruise right under then the luggy sailboat creates a 10 minute pompous bridge opening ritual.


I have seen a lot of stupid posts on here but you just topped them all! And you are the guy in charge way to represent buddy. The world would be a much better place if we lost a few of your kind.
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Old 05-06-2007, 12:55 PM
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I don't own a sailboat but baypro21 is a AH, Oh do I not fit in?
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Old 05-06-2007, 01:16 PM
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Offshore Canaveral in the middle of the night with no lights. Hummm...maybe he didn't want to be seen. Depending of what kind of "cargo" was onboard...
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Old 05-06-2007, 01:42 PM
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At least they don't contribute to global warming.

See, there is something nice that can be said about em.
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Old 05-06-2007, 01:42 PM
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its amazing how people turn on wiley for the slightest indiscretion. did your feelings get hurt?

its not the boat you own that makes you feel unwelcome, its your attitude.
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