Firstly please read the other threads on your attitude to see that you are wrong about the vast majority of 'big ships'. Those of us who have experience of big ships can relate how the vast majority of them DO take avoiding action when on a collision course with a sailing vessel. They can also get VERY FRUSTRATED when sailing vessels behave unpredictably.
Originally Posted by goboatingnow
Secondly from my experience of sailing boats also confirms my first point that the majority of ships DO take avoiding action when necessary. It might not be as obvious as some sailing boats would like it to be as they often don't like to waste fuel and time by altering course very much, but most ships take their watchkeeping duties seriously and have altered to avoid you before you realise what is happening. (This doesn't mean that you should sail into the path of a ship regardless - that would be stupid, but often sailing on and watching carefully allows to to see that the risk of collision doesn't actually exist: the ship has altered for you and you both go cheerfully on your way.)
Thirdly, what are you doing on your VHF? There have been numerous cases of collisions being aided by chat on VHF. Even out in mid ocean when I have chatted to the bored watchkeeping officer of some merchant ship in site, its easy to get confused as to who you are talking to. There is sometimes another ship out of sight, but within VHF range to confuse the issue.
I humbly suggest that the general rule for VHF and IRPCS should be 'Don't use the VHF - it often confuses things'.
Your final point about single handed sailing is often the subject of long and undecided debate. I respect your point of view, but don't agree with it.
Last edited by john_morris_uk; 30-10-09 at 08:14.
Wishing things away is not effective.