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    Re: Fatal interaction between yacht and ferry.
    From: Lu Abel
    Date: 2007 May 09, 21:28 -0700

    Bill wrote:
    > My question stands.  You can see the craft--why not radio it???
    I find the willingness of commercial traffic to communicate with
    recreational vessels sometimes severely lacking.   Many commercial
    mariners readily respond to hails from recreational craft.  But I've
    also had the experience of having hails to commercial vessels (mostly to
    understand their navigational intent) totally ignored even though I
    clearly identified my boat and my location relative to the commercial
    vessel.  This seems especially acute when you can't identify the vessel
    by name but rather identify it solely by position.
    I will have to admit that a hail on Channel 13 ofttimes works better
    than a hail on Ch 16.  I suspect many commercial vessel watch standers
    develop a certain tone-deafness for traffic on 16.   And I have to
    wonder if that is especially acute in a high vessel traffic area such as
    the English Channel where this accident took place.
    Lu Abel
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