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    Default Giving Way to Ferries, advice please

    I will probably be sailing down to Cowes from Chichester and I'm not sure about the the regulations with regard to the commercial ferries that go from Portsmouth to the IoW.

    If i'm sailing do I give way to them in open water or do I keep going?

    Thanks
    Sod it, I've forgotten how to ride me bike

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    You have to put the baseball cap on, along with the dark sunglasses and false beard ... then they might not recognise you and head off for some other poor unsuspecting sod!

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    In my very limited experience, they are f*c*ing huge.
    Whatever the rulebook says, I'd keep well away
    Pain is just weakness leaving the body

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    Don't get into a position where either of you have to give way/take avoiding action....you don't have to sail across their course.

    The are quite big, easy to spot, and have a defined route
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    it's not just the ferries it's the massive container ships that put the ****s up me.....give me heavy weather over large commercial craft any day. best to steer clear as you are unlikely to be in a position to argue over rights of way after a collision. and stay out of the shipping lanes as much as possible. for large ferries at least i think they count as 'constrained by draught' - and the container ships certainly do.

    btw does anyone know what speed those big boats do in the solent? i'm a nervous checker of stanchion transit to make sure we're not on collision, but how much notice (given how wide those boats are) would you need to make sure you can get out the way given that a small boat is only likely to be able to travel at low speeds?

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    Default hmmm

    i am wondering about the "you don't have to sail across their course", if i'm going west and their going n/s s/n then won't i have to?
    Sod it, I've forgotten how to ride me bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninky View Post
    btw does anyone know what speed those big boats do in the solent?
    The big container ships can be doing 15-20knots up through the eastern solent, so it's always good to keep an eye out on the horizon, when in doubt, head out of the channel
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    Quote Originally Posted by iangrant View Post
    i am wondering about the "you don't have to sail across their course", if i'm going west and their going n/s s/n then won't i have to?
    Not if you aim for they back end
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    And then there's the fastcat and the hovers to watch our for, not big but fast
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    Quote Originally Posted by snooks View Post
    Not if you aim for they back end
    but what if they aim at my front end?
    Sod it, I've forgotten how to ride me bike

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