I tend to agree, although I fitted radar & night vision they're no magic answer; it still boils down to courtesy & common sense, mixed with a dash of survival instinct !
After 245000 miles of SAFE sailing in yachts ranging from a circumnav in a 23 footer I will give you the best advice possible. MIGHT IS RIGHT in other words ALWAYS pass around the stern of another vessel NO MATTER what size this called the safe zone. ALWAYS give way and yes the wave pattern does change with all the large ships. If your yacht is sea worthy and you are a sensible sailor you can make the trip in SAFETY.
You would be impeding the vessel if you forced them to make a manoeuvre that endangers that vessel. If they have plenty of room for manoeuvre then you cannot be impeding them, and they remain the give way vessel obliged to comply fully with the normal rules (again that is explicitly stated).
In my view the only safe alternative to obeying the rules would be to turn onto a parallel course as the larger vessel - then you are safe if it stands on or gives way
I've crossed the Channel 24 times or more, and can only give a few hints, not 'the best possible advice' which is a wildly bogus claim; also though I haven't tried it personally I thought it's 27,000 miles around the Earth even by starship, probably a fair bit more by a boat...
All I would say is planning is everything, and fatigue is the no.1 enemy...
Last edited by Seajet; 24-01-12 at 20:00.
as an ex fisherman i am with theguerns---safer under the stern---also if there are other small boats in the vicinity think about slowing down or speeding up to group together and avoid presenting a salom course to a large boat bearing down on you----regards lenten
I have heard ships ranting at yachts from time to time because the (presumably stand-on) yacht has changed course to pass astern when the ship has already altered course. Passing traffic in busy lanes is something of an art and I am suspicious of the idea of having a fixed plan. As people have said, most ships do appear to give way from a considerable distance and I prefer to hold my course until I know that this is not going to happen and only then change course to leave a safe distance between us, preferably about a mile.
Far away is near at hand in images of elsewhere
But if you try an independent swim - yes, you'll be in deep doggy-doos even if you do survive!