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andrewleighcook
Jun-19-2007 @ 9:44 AM                           Permalink
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Hi all well what a Monsoon Summer we are having at this time as the Rivers must be running a all time high? I would like ask the people on this Forum about Sailing Yachts giving Signals as to what other boaters should do as i have been on the Norfolk Broads for many years I'm Deaf as I've have just passed Level One Signing Language as the Years have gone by on the Norfolk Broads i have notice some Sailing Boats don't do so equally as to the People on Motor cruisers as this could save a lot of Accidents that ac cure plus any miss understanding as to what other people are doing on the Water ways P's i do how ever notice Bad Sign Language is more frequent.    

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Jun-19-2007 @ 10:17 AM                           Permalink
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I do try to give signs... and I know that the other sailors on here do too (and I'm sure that none are in bad language..)

Please forgive us, though, when we don't give clear signals. There are two times when we don't - the first one is when our hands are full, and the second is when WE don't know what's going to happen.

That second one is a pain, I know. But I've lost count of the number of times that a M/C is steaming up to me, and I'm not sure if and when the wind will puff, and while I'm waiting to find out, the M/C loses patience and cruises past.

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I must say that over the last 2 weeks we encountered quite a few saileys and to be fair most were very good at signalling there intentions. If in doubt, we always adopted the approach of moving slowly forward, keeping as close as possible to the right hand bank. This seems to work and as PL mentions, even if the sailey is not able to predict the next move, they can at least treat you as an extension of the bank and work round you.

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Yes, agree with PL and NN. Particularly on tree lined sections of the rivers it is difficult to know what the wind will do next. With a tiller, mainsheet and crew to control and sails, burgee and other boats to watch you tend to have your hands full.

Stick near the RH bank, go slowly and always pass behind the yacht, not in front. Once you get out into the middle of the river, it gets a lot more difficult to know what you are likely to do and you might find you have yachts coming at you from two directions at the same time.

Phil

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I must admit when I saw the title of this thread I did wonder if it was being suggested that there ought to be a standard audible greeting between forum members.

I was going to suggest two short blasts following by one long and then another short.  The correct response would of course be three long blasts. Evil Grin   If deaf however this would not work.


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When approaching a saily from behind and at a reasonable distance we sometimes give a toot and when the saily looks back we stand there with arms spread, this usually gets us a hand direction off the saily.

But we tend to work on the basis they have tend to have a big pointy ramming spike on the front of their boats and I'm just happy to sit back and let them do what they want rather than find out if the pointy rammy thing is of hull piercing sharpness Smile

I did used to use the horn for signalling direction change on Cappy but we don't do that anymore becuase most people don't know what the signals are anyway and it could be construed as we were tooting in anger.

99.9% of sailys we have encountered have been great - clear signals given slow hand movements.



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All this talk of aproaching sailys from behind is beginning to worry me a bit, Ohh Err matron. Playful

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