BarryK1200LT Posted July 9, 2007 Report Share Posted July 9, 2007 On Sunday I was out on Waterloo Bay having a ball of fun on the Maricat. Winds were building in the afternoon and everything was going well. Then I had a REALLY scary encounter with a 40 odd feet power cat. I was on a reach and flying the port side hull, so my vision to the starboard side of my boat was bloked by the sails. While I regularly check under the boom to get my bearings and see what other boats are around me, I couldn't believe it when a 40 odd foot power cat came into view past the leading edge of my jid sheet not more than about 4 boat lengths ahead of me. I steered hard to starboard and managed to just miss the back of the boat, but it was heart in mouth stuff and the consequences could have been much worse if I was on a slightly different tack and ran clean into the side of this other boat without seeing it. What amazed me though, was the skipper of this boat and his partner just looked down at me from their fly bridge as thought I was in the wrong. From where they were sitting they would have been able to see that a collision was possible, and with half a brain between them, should also have been able to work out that given I was hidden from their view by my sails, there was a good chance that I hadn't seen them as yet. They took no evasive action at all, didn't sound a horn, hadn't changed course to go behind me, nothing. When I got past the back of his boat I took another look around, and we were the only two boats in the area for about 500 metres. Goes to show that when your out there having fun, not everyone belives that power should give way to sail, and you need to keep a close eye on whats going on around you. Cheers Barry [This message has been edited by BarryK1200LT (edited 09 July 2007).] Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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