Jaybee & bedouin,
If you think ships of hundreds of thousands - or even a couple of hundred - of tons are going to alter course for you, you are the couple talking nonsense.
Take Container ships for example, blind for a long distance in front; as for radar, well I have it but it doesn't give the 'Whacky Races' picture beloved by Hollywood !
I regard it as courteous as well as seamanlike to make it obvious I'm avoiding ships - by just a tweak of the tiller compared to the inertia of a ship - and if necessary going behind them; it seems to have worked for me in 34 years of crossing the English Channel.
Making one's intentions clear is part of, not contrary to, the collision regulations.
Last edited by Seajet; 28-01-12 at 21:25.
I'm not saying all ships disregard yachts; what I AM saying is 'don't take it for granted & push your luck ! '
Ships have frequently obviously altered course for us in a 40 ft yacht. And I have been very grateful for the obvious alteration they made. But I certainly do not take it for granted.
It still boils down to courtesy & common sense, mixed with a dash of survival instinct !
You are not getting my point; it's much easier - and cheaper - for a yacht to make a course alteration than a ship.
Most ships are well run, and make the 10 degree alteration you've seen; but the one who feels unwilling or unable ( say in a TSS ) will go straight over your or my boat without noticing...just common sense to keep clear, and courtesy not to bother the professionals.
I don't generally try cycling across the paths of lorries either - sheesh, it ain't rocket science.
The next decision distance occurs if you rudely discover there's still a collision risk and you're the stand on vessel (ie, you started a waltz, or you didn't detect the vessel early enough). This is also a size and manouevrability decision. But the distance will be close, between 2nm and 0.5nm, and you're likely to be forced to make a 180 to starboard.
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