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Old 09-30-2006, 09:23 AM
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CG Baltimore, trying to get a position from someone who didn't have a clue...

After perhaps a 15 minute period of questioning, and asked in a polite and calm manner, "Sir, what state did you get your boating license in?"

Old 09-30-2006, 06:09 PM
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Default RE: Heard on the radio this past Wednesday..

What else could they say?
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Oops ~


Like I say - takes all kinds..............

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Default Re: Heard on the radio this past Wednesday..

T3, was that the guy stranded off Aberdeen Proving Ground in an 18ft unnamed Bayliner, who ran out of gas.

The CG tried fruitlessly to assist in locating him, but it was dusk. Later heard the CG instruct him to turn on his lights and drop anchor - boater replied he didn't have an anchor, nor did he have a cellphone or GPS?

Eventually APG Police Marine Unit went in search of this guy. Never did hear if they found him.


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Oh. A Bayliner...


at least it wasns't just me who heard the exchange.
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I came accross a drifting panga last week with 3 mexican commercial fishermen.

No radio, no cell phone, no gps, no life jackets, motor wouldn't start, 12 miles out.

The captain knew it was the fuel pump as it always gives him problems.

I called the port captain on the VHF, but all he wanted was their names so he could fine them, but he wouldn't come for them.

I dragged them over to their long line anchor to keep them from drifting more offshore and gave their position to a brother that said he would come for them.

The only piee of safety equipment I saw on the boat was a Saint Christopher. It worked....






















this time.
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Oh, bouy ~

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Here is a post I read on my local board:


Was tuna fishing Sunday in Ca. out about as far as 65 miles or so from port. We couldn't believe some of the conversations we were hearing from guys on the radio. In no particuliar order of amazement:

1. Guy comes on the radio talking to his buddy. Says he's gone 20nm and had already burned 20 gallons of 109 gallon tank. Fish the day before were approx. 55 miles from port. Later comes on and says he's burned 35 gallons but is still 10 miles or so away from the fish. Will have to start trolling in order to conserve fuel. Never made it out to the fish and if it's the same guy, came in with about a gallon and a half of fuel.

2. Guy comes on the radio and says it's the first time he's ever been 60+ miles from port. Says half of his electronics aren't working and wires are corroded.

3. Guy comes on the radio and needs 2 stroke motor oil. Fortuantely for him another boater has some and can take it to him. By this time it's late in the day and not many boats still out fishing. Boater will drop it off on the way inside.

4. Guy in a G.W. comes on the radio late p.m. looking for numbers since he hasn't caught a fish all day. Starts chatting it up and says he just put in a new engine (sounded like maiden voyage). On top of that he has a fuel tank leak and his boat stinks of gas. Has all the windows/hatches open to get rid of the fumes. We're 60+ miles from home, it's around 5:00 pm yet he's still out fishing.

5. Guy comes on the radio out in front of the harbor. He's looking for help trying to get in. It's dark and he's never been out of the this port before from the sounds of it. Also doesn't sound like he has radar. Harbor mouth can be tricky since not all the lights work on the bouys, is narrow and there are sand bars.

6. Guy asks for the heading back to port 60 miles out!

Fortunately everyone made it back safe. Also fortunate that it was like a lake out there and burning fuel was at an optimum level. I guess tuna fever can make people make irrational decisions. Talked to a couple of friends the next day and they couldn't believe what they were hearing either.
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If he said his boating license was from Wyoming, he was fibbing a bit. While we might get lost, we would never admit it and besides, Wyoming doesn't issue boating licenses. We get fishing licenses and the authorities figure that if we can afford the fishing licenses, we ought to be able to pilot a boat. Sometimes we do ok and sometimes, not. Glad everybody made it back safe.
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t3rockhall - 9/30/2006 8:23 AM

CG Baltimore, trying to get a position from someone who didn't have a clue...

After perhaps a 15 minute period of questioning, and asked in a polite and calm manner, "Sir, what state did you get your boating license in?"
One would hope they would have the ability to triangulate his position from his radio transmissions.

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