Simondjuk sums it up pretty well in his posts. Try reading them again?
Originally Posted by Seajet
In response to your post quoted above: what do you mean when you say you change course 'early and obviously?' How have you assessed that a change of course might be necessary? If you are using a handbearing compass, then you might not know if the bearing is changing until the ship is a couple of miles away. By this time, the ship will have been watching your course and worked out the CPA and decided what to do. The reality of collision avoidance from a ship's point of view in your world is that the ship almost certainly will have been tracking you for some time, and then they see you make some illogical course alteration and they wonder what you are going to do next.
No-one is suggesting that you stand on blindly into danger, but the impression that you give is that you alter early for everything. What does 'early' actually mean? As has been said by myself and others, this is the sort of behaviour that leads to much cursing on the bridge of large ships. In their mind, you have already made one illogical course alteration, and they spend the next few minutes trying to see if you really know what you are doing, or are going to make another equally illogical alteration and put yourself in their path. You know what you are doing in your own mind - and it might make perfect sense to you - but try to see it from the position of the bridge watchkeeper. He really doesn't want to guess what you are doing next. Nice steady courses with alterations as appropriate according to the IRPCS makes him/her a much happier person and keeps you JUST AS SAFE. Stand on until its obvious what is happening - and then you can use your ability to change course quickly to keep out of the way if necessary. You will be pleasantly surprised by how infrequently you have to do anything at all.
Last edited by john_morris_uk; 31-01-12 at 16:49.
Wishing things away is not effective.