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    Re: Interaction with big vessels. was: A few questions for the pros
    From: Carl Herzog
    Date: 2005 Jun 17, 16:24 -0400

    George wrote:
    
    > Some things are a bit different in European waters, it seems to me, from
    > what Carl describes.
    
    I'm sure they are. I should have noted that my obeservations were meant
    to reflect the general conditions in U.S. coastal and inland waters. And
    the conditions are by no means "idyllic".
    
    > To start with, the discussions and mutual agreements, over VHF, that Carl
    > describes as occurring in US waters (and perhaps especially US inland
    > waters, which have special rules of their own) are deprecated in many
    > other
    > parts of the world.
    >
    > You can see the logic of this, in areas where a great mix of
    > nationalities
    > and languages is common on the various bridges. Discussion and
    > agreement,
    > in broken English, is a likely recipe for disaster.
    
    I don't have any experience in Europe, but George's assertions do also
    apply to the Caribbean. It can be very difficult to raise someone on the
    radio.
    
    George wrote:
    
    > Of course, until recently, the difficulty has been that of
    > identification:
    > being certain that the vessel you are talking to on VHF is indeed the
    > same
    > vessel that you have identified as a target on the horizon, or on the
    > radar
    > screen. That uncertainty will have been recently resolved, for many
    > vessels, by the advent of AIS (Automatic Identification of Ships).
    
    Yes. AIS is reducing radio chatter in U.S. waters.
    
    
    George also asserts that most recreational sailors crossing the English
    Channel have a higher level of seamanship education than I've credited
    to U.S. boaters. He's probably right. Yachting education and regulations
    seem to be a lot better developed in Great Britain.There is no
    equivalent to the RYA in the U.S.
    
    Carl
    
    
    

       
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