Last year I hired a motor boat to explore the coast line (which I highly recommend to any one). It turned out to be a superb decision though a steep learnig curve. The first thing I mastered other than the boat (only 15h.p and easy to manuvre) was not to drop anchor in a harbour as there are a usualy a few ropes. I only got this wrong once. The other fundemental I was thankfully educated on was my wake.
Coming in to Gaios a fella made the slow down signal and then pointed behind me, I did and turned to see my minor but effective wake rocking the moored boats along the key. I was both suprised and embarresed.
A few days later I had my comupance whilst fishing from a boat in Loggos, when a boat sped past me as I was standing and I only just stayed dry. A couple on a yacht shouted and waved at them, pointing to me. After checking if I was okay they jumped in a tender and persued the offender to finish what they had to say.
I wish I had learnt these things before setting off.
I do have a question. When you find your self face to face on the same path do you head left or right?
Message posted by ElaineK (Paxos) on 27 June 2008 at 8:47am - IP Logged
Good tips Cellone. I see your narrow escape hasn't put you off - when are you going this year?
That's an interesting question about which way to go if you're heading straight for another boat. I don't know if there's an international boating etiquette, but I'm sure Martyn will be able to give you an answer. I suppose if you're British, the natural reaction is to steer left, but that won't help if the people in the other boat are used to driving on the right. Could be nasty
Message posted by MartynG on 27 June 2008 at 11:39am - IP Logged
In answer to your question, if two vessels meet head on, each should turn to starboard - that is to the right. You might hear a single blast on a ships whistle in these circumstances (which means "I intend to alter my course to starboard").
Note also, that if you are in a narrow channel (and Giaos harbour would qualify) or leaving/entering harbour you should keep to the right.
In addition to the above, if two vessels are on converging courses (say at right angles to each other) he vessel on the right is known as the "stand on vessel" in simple terms it has right of way and it is the responsibilty of the other vessel to alter course. That said, it is the responsibity of all vessels to avaiod a collision.
Message posted by cellone on 02 July 2008 at 8:56pm - IP Logged
As Chris says above, a vesssel under motor should give way to one under sail. There are, however, exceptions. The main one is that if the power vessel is "restricted in its ability to manouvre/contrained by its draught" (perhaps because it ins operating in a norrow deapwater channel, such as in the Solent, for example)then the sailing vessel must keep clear. This really only applies to large ships, but I have used the same rule when leaving from Christchurch under motor on a yacht and was confronted by a racing fleet of dinghys crossing the deepwater channel.(Here, although at high water there is an apparent expanse of water within the harbour area, the deepwater channel is only about 10 feet wide and I had less than 6 inches of water under the keel - and that was in the middle of the channel. Clearly, I was constrained by my draught, despite being on a yacht of only 31 feet).
It must be said that, in general, I have found that the operators of ferries/ships around Corfu/Paxos etc to be very good and do give way to yachts under sail. It's quite something to see a huge Minoan ferry alter course in order to give way. Of course, I try to keep out of their way, but this is not always possible as we might be sailing at 3 - 6 knots and the ferry is probably doing 15 or 20.
Message posted by MartynG on 04 July 2008 at 1:24pm - IP Logged
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