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blouderback

RO# 24057

Posted - Jun 30 2008 :  17:43:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Poll Question:
Do you give a blast when leaving the dock? How about you trailerboaters like me, after you launch, and tie up to the courtesy dock at the lake, do you give a blast when leaving the courtesy dock?

Choices:

Always
Often
Sometimes
Rarely
Never
Is that even in the rules?

(Anonymous Vote)
-Bob-
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Edited by - blouderback on Jun 30 2008 17:43:48

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PascalG

RO# 12212



Posted - Jun 30 2008 :  17:49:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
when i back out of a slip, or if i'm tied alongside and back out, I sound 1 long (leaving) and 3 shorts (reversing) mostly because visibility aft isn't very good and there could be a small boat or PWC trying to cut right behing my stern.

obvously, if someone is that stupid to be that close, they probably dont know the meaning of 3 blasts so it's mostly a CYA thing...

otherwise if it's all clear around i skip the long blast... that usually results in too many angry stares.


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MichaelNJ

RO# 14778

Posted - Jun 30 2008 :  18:01:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I don't do it when I leave the dock. I dock stern in to my slip and I can see the fairway before I pull out. There is a sea wall with a small opening to my marina. I use the horn (1 long blast) when I am approaching the opening on the way out.

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Capt. Bill1

RO# 2017

Posted - Jun 30 2008 :  18:01:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What Pascal said.

Unless I have a very clear view and/or the crew calls all clear.



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Sunny

RO# 10414

Posted - Jun 30 2008 :  18:03:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"I don't do it when I leave the dock. I dock stern in to my slip and I can see the fairway before I pull out. There is a sea wall with a small opening to my marina. I use the horn (1 long blast) when I am approaching the opening on the way out."

Ditto, well at least we used to.



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Sandy K.

RO# 3775

Posted - Jun 30 2008 :  18:42:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I sound one blast on the horn as there are lots of small motorboats fishing the channel outside my fairway. I get their attention so they are aware I'm coming....

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lil red truck

RO# 25758



Posted - Jun 30 2008 :  18:51:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Same as MichaelNJ.

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AustinPaul

RO# 17353



Posted - Jun 30 2008 :  19:04:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Never in our case. It would be like blowing the horn at no one. :-)

If I did, folks would probably think that I am grandstanding.

OTOH, in the unlikely circumstance where someone was near, I would follow Pascal's lead.


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mixman

RO# 25362



Posted - Jun 30 2008 :  19:10:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just about always, especially weekends. We've got 2 other marinas nearby and my pier is the only fuel dock around. It's pretty much the norm to signal around here (although I usually wait until I'm nearing the end of the fairway ready to exit the marina instead of just leaving my slip).

As for your trailering question, you've got me there. I haven't see/heard that done yet.



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mx8

RO# 24359

Posted - Jun 30 2008 :  21:34:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Our marina owner sometimes keeps his 100 some odd foot charter yacht at the end of our dock, with boats in the opposite slips I have to vitually tuck my radar arch under his pulpit, (yes, it fits). Then I blow a long blast becaiuse there is no possible way anyone would see me coming out.


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sortie

RO# 2043

Posted - Jun 30 2008 :  21:50:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Almost always. Especially when running one of the tour boats. Backing out of the slip into a congested area,carrying 30-50 passengers,you bet your bib I blast three. Local MSD officer would be most unhappy with us if we did not use horn signals.
Sorry to say Pascal is correct,very few have any idea what is happening or why. It gets scarrier every year.

John


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Perc

RO# 9738

Posted - Jun 30 2008 :  21:58:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
always. there are always pwc's and fishing boats hanging around the end of the slips That I won't see until I've cleared my slip.


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GaryMartin

RO# 14360

Posted - Jul 01 2008 :  09:32:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
(You kinda have two different questions in that poll there Bob)

Absolutely, I signal one long every time before leaving the dock. My dock is next to the Marina's gas dock and there's always lots of traffic around there. I am stern-in, but it's good to get the attention of all the small boats around the gas dock to let them know the 40-ish footer is moving out in their area. Besides, they have our docks so freakin close together, the fairway is only about 50 to 55 feet wide between my dock and the gas dock.

If nothing else, it's also a great way to make sure your horn works before leaving. :)


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marykhubby

RO# 25522

Posted - Jul 01 2008 :  09:51:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I stern into my dock. What irritates me is someone following me closely when I get ready to pivot into the slip. Horn or no horn - they always seem surprised.

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Dusty Rhoads

RO# 10868



Posted - Jul 01 2008 :  14:00:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I do for mainly Garys' reason,,to make sure they work. I also know the air compressor is full and ready.

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Perry

RO# 3836



Posted - Jul 01 2008 :  14:09:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I do it as I leave my marina for the canal. Limited sight and the current is very swift at times.


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In the know

RO# 20824

Posted - Jul 01 2008 :  14:14:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I used to because I would leave to go fishing aroun 4:00 - 4:30 or so and I new my old slip neighbor was up to 2:00 or so drinking up a storm.

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Reel Antsy

RO# 9587



Posted - Jul 01 2008 :  14:41:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My dock is covered. When I'm leaving, I'm up on the bridge. The cover over the slips block the view of the fairway from that height, so...I do sound the horn when the admiral is not up forward on the bow, looking out as I leave the slip.

Also, when mother duck and her little ones are nearby. :-)



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Veg

RO# 20854



Posted - Jul 01 2008 :  15:59:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

I don't, because if I did, I'd be the ONLY one at the marina doing it, and I'm sure I'd get quite a few "what the ____" stares. I'm in my second season of boating at this marina, and haven't heard a horn go off once.



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GeeBee

RO# 385



Posted - Jul 01 2008 :  20:08:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
At Lake Lanier they would flip you off if you used the horn.

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westdelta

RO# 21652

Posted - Jul 01 2008 :  20:36:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The bartender in the restaurant honks at all boats coming or going, so I honk back.

3 1/2 boats... is that too many?

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Ghost

RO# 689



Posted - Jul 01 2008 :  23:47:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bob I doubt they can hear that little girls bicycle squeezy horn anyway.

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Skeetobite

RO# 23118

Posted - Jul 02 2008 :  06:54:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
One in, two out. Always. We're on the 40' (small boats) dock and it's impossible to see traffic in the other fairways or at the entrance/restaurant dock as we weave our way in and out. Even after sounding the horn, I've been cut off by small boats and dinks more times than I can count.

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blouderback

RO# 24057

Posted - Jul 02 2008 :  08:21:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ghost, if you took the cotton out of your ears, you'd be able to hear my horn.

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dominic

RO# 2355

Posted - Jul 02 2008 :  08:32:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just so I'm sure of this......

I sound one long on the way out of the marina,fairway, dock etc and I do NOT get a response back. Do I have the right of way to continue? Or..... I DO get one long back.....then what? Do I stop and let the responder continue until clear?


later,
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blouderback

RO# 24057

Posted - Jul 02 2008 :  08:38:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My understanding is that it is not necessary for you to get a response back from anyone in order to continue. However, if you get 5 blasts back, then you should not proceed, as this indicates that there is danger or that the other vessel cannot avoid you if you do proceed.

-Bob-
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PascalG

RO# 12212



Posted - Jul 02 2008 :  09:41:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
when nearing a bend or corner or whenever you can't see around you need to sounds on prolong blast. The other vessel, should respond, but it doens't mean you must stop or either one is stand on. you just need to proceed carefully... and use good ole common sense. If you think you can't make the turn with another boat coming thru, stop and wait... or call on 16. Most commercial boats do a securité call when they approach a tight blind corner.

when it comes to sound signals, I think most boats are illegal as they are delivered. On a small/medium boat, horns need to be heard ONE mile away. i seriously doubt the little horns some builders install at the bow under a cute little cover can be heard that far. so unless you have a pair of decent trumpets, ghost is right... they're no better than little girls bicycle horns :-)


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saltysam

RO# 26



Posted - Jul 02 2008 :  09:52:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Everyone should keep in mind that you're playing a safe game when using one prolonged blast when changing status---you are preparing the defense for an injury trial where some small dork claims you were to blame for hitting him as he reached for his cold 6-pack.


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dominic

RO# 2355

Posted - Jul 02 2008 :  10:22:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I agree 100% with using common sense. But I was looking for what the rules interpretation would be.

I would think that the responder becomes stand on vessel because that vessel would be assumed to be already making way where the initiator is intending to go.


later,
dominic

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PascalG

RO# 12212



Posted - Jul 02 2008 :  11:02:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"I sound one long on the way out of the marina,fairway, dock etc and I do NOT get a response back."

Two different situations here...

1)- on the way out of the marina or fairway, the rules do not give any privilege to either vessel approaching a blind corner.

2)- now if we're talking about a vessel leaving a berth/dock/slip, the proper response by an incoming vessel would be 5 blasts if there isnt enough room in the fairway or channel.



Pascal
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hooks

RO# 13083

Posted - Jul 02 2008 :  11:09:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Instead of blasting the horn, the wife looks both ways for traffic, down the channel of the marina, and then gives me the o.k. to pull out....

Regards, Jim


Edited by - hooks on Jul 02 2008 11:09:50

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dominic

RO# 2355

Posted - Jul 02 2008 :  11:21:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PascalG



1)- on the way out of the marina or fairway, the rules do not give any privilege to either vessel approaching a blind corner.





That's what I was driving at. The rules say...

(e) A vessel nearing a bend or an area of a channel or fairway where other vessels may be obscured by an intervening obstruction shall sound one prolonged blast. Such signal shall be answered with a prolonged blast by any approaching vessel that may be within hearing around the bend or behind the intervening obstruction.

So after the answer of one long.....then what.....common sense?

The rule says that every 'approaching' vessel that hears your one long should respond with one long....that could get pretty loud!!!



later,
dominic

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saltysam

RO# 26



Posted - Jul 02 2008 :  11:25:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Common Sense. Sure. This includes doing anything/everything required to avoid collision. And in serious liability cases some courts will walk back the cat as far as checking if you did the correct toothbrush routine in the early morning!



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PascalG

RO# 12212



Posted - Jul 02 2008 :  11:33:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
the purpose of sounding one prolonged blast approaching a bend (or blind corner) is for both (or more) vessel to slow down so that they can take action to avoid a collision.

seems pretty obvious that in a marina everyone will be going slow enough to be able to stop instantly rounding a blind corner (like around a dock with a large boat or obstruction)

so, yeah, after both boats have exchanged one long on each side of the blind corner, they should slow down even more and do what it takes. it may mean moving aside or one stopping to let the other one thru.

common sense indeed.


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WALSHIE

RO# 2124



Posted - Jul 02 2008 :  11:38:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We have a standing rule that you must sound the horn when leaving the slip then again when approaching the entrance (coming or going). Most people do not do this and it's very annoying. Just yesterday I was coming in and a sail boat was coming out. I blew my horn, they did not, we met, I backed off.

One day, two boats collided and I witnessed the whole thing. I was watching a sail boat come in who did not blow his horn. Behind me, I heard a horn and saw a power boat coming down the fair way. It was pretty much too late, they collided at the corner, neither could stop. Luckily there was no damage and nobody was hurt.

I've learned to scan the marina for moving masts as sailboaters are the common offenders.


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Ghost

RO# 689



Posted - Jul 02 2008 :  15:30:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It was the power boats fault. Every sailboater knows that power boats must stay out of the way of sailboats no matter what. ;)

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blouderback

RO# 24057

Posted - Jul 02 2008 :  15:42:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think I'm gonna start living by the letter of the law. It's gonna be fun blasting my little beep beep horn everytime I'm at the lake - 3 times when backing off the trailer, once when leaving the courtesy dock, 2 blasts EVERY time I alter my course to port, 1 blast EVERY TIME I turn my wheel to starboard, 1 blast EVERY TIME I pass another boat and leave him to my port, 2 blasts EVERY TIME I pas a boat and leave him to starboard, etc., etc., etc. I'm gonna be the most popular guy on the lake!

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Msibley

RO# 16534

Posted - Jul 02 2008 :  16:02:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by blouderback

I think I'm gonna start living by the letter of the law. It's gonna be fun blasting my little beep beep horn everytime I'm at the lake - 3 times when backing off the trailer, once when leaving the courtesy dock, 2 blasts EVERY time I alter my course to port, 1 blast EVERY TIME I turn my wheel to starboard, 1 blast EVERY TIME I pass another boat and leave him to my port, 2 blasts EVERY TIME I pas a boat and leave him to starboard, etc., etc., etc. I'm gonna be the most popular guy on the lake!



And with that "skipper's hat" of yours, people will remember you fondly while shaking their heads, waving at you with the one-finger salute and covering their childrens' eyes.

Ever see the "Family Guy" on TV, Bob?



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Edited by - Msibley on Jul 02 2008 16:03:11

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Veebyes

RO# 11224

Posted - Jul 06 2008 :  16:44:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If there is a navigational need to use the horn, then it is used. For the 'look at me, I have a boat' useless noise making, NO.


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GaryMartin

RO# 14360

Posted - Jul 07 2008 :  10:39:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by blouderback

I think I'm gonna start living by the letter of the law. It's gonna be fun blasting my little beep beep horn everytime I'm at the lake - 3 times when backing off the trailer, once when leaving the courtesy dock, 2 blasts EVERY time I alter my course to port, 1 blast EVERY TIME I turn my wheel to starboard, 1 blast EVERY TIME I pass another boat and leave him to my port, 2 blasts EVERY TIME I pas a boat and leave him to starboard, etc., etc., etc. I'm gonna be the most popular guy on the lake!



Sorry Bob, the rules clearly call for "BLASTS" on the horn, not *beeps* So no beeping for you, you need to put an airhorn on that runabout of yours.


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blouderback

RO# 24057

Posted - Jul 07 2008 :  12:26:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
No problem. Since my boat is under 20 meters, My "whistle" (the generic term for a sound signalling device) needs to produce a sound in the 250-525 HZ range, and be audible for 1/2 mile. I just tested it with a Hertzometer, and I am in that Hz range, and someone a mile away heard it, so I guess I'm OK.

-Bob-
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Radiowaves

RO# 14642

Posted - Jul 07 2008 :  12:41:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My horn Sucks !!! for some reason on the Sea Ray sport cruisers 28’-38’ they put this dinky horn on. I can’t spell the sound it makes, but something like ENE ENE….

If I really need to blow a horn loud, I use my VHF fog horn on manual. I also carry a hand held under the helm.

I only use the horn for safety when needed. Not to grand stand leaving my dock.

But, I will admit to once I did when no one was leaving the dock on a nice day. We have these dock potatoes who were sitting at the end of the dock in the same chair when I went to bed, woke up, did errands, readied the boat and they were in the same spot. So I tooted a couple of times when passing them.




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Edited by - Radiowaves on Jul 07 2008 12:44:38

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chriscraft67

RO# 12563

Posted - Jul 07 2008 :  19:25:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We long ago gave up on marine electrical horns and shifted to air horns. The electric ones are junk in my opinion and the worst part is, who is going to hear them when you need them? We boat in fog some of the time and the rules for navigating in fog are clear: use a sound-producing device. In our case, that means navigating in as little as 200 ft visibility and you can bet, we use the horn.

When leaving our marina, we have to back around another boat that is tied directly behind us on our T-head and then into a fairway. Do I use the three blasts for running astern? You bet, even if it alarms the marina-queens drinking at our dock.

To keep any marine horn working, you have to use it, otherwise the vibrating element in the horn will freeze over with corossion.



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WALSHIE

RO# 2124



Posted - Jul 08 2008 :  10:13:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I for one find it beneficial to know if someone else is leaving their slip as I'm untying. Sure, I look around before untying but it takes about a good minute to untie. I try to look again but I'm usually focused on my boat, my passengers, backing and turning.

Too many times I've been surprised by a boat popping up. Our fairways are tight and my boat is wide, I'd like to avoid a passing if possible.

Again, it's a standing rule in our marina to blow horn when leaving slip and when exiting or entering the basin. It's a rule I agree with.


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sjbromo

RO# 33430

Posted - Sep 06 2013 :  05:15:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
One pro-longed, 3 short. I back out of my slip with limited vis. then another prolonged as I leave the marina, again limited vis.


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Audrey II

RO# 30499



Posted - Sep 06 2013 :  06:26:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by sjbromo

One pro-longed, 3 short. I back out of my slip with limited vis. then another prolonged as I leave the marina, again limited vis.


This is a five year old thread I'm surprised to see activity on. I only know one person that liked to dig up these out threads and that is the person who started this one.


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zane

RO# 19940

Posted - Sep 06 2013 :  07:32:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I actually miss Bob. He could really stir the pot with some of his posts.


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stmbtwle

RO# 7934

Posted - Sep 06 2013 :  09:10:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by zane

I actually miss Bob. He could really stir the pot with some of his posts.


+1

But back to the subject. My berth is at the end of a canal and we have good visibility so the whistle signals are unnecessary and would just piss off the neighbors. In the river I'm convinced that virtually no-one knows what the signals mean anyway. NEVER do I get the proper response. If I sound one blast for a port-to-port I'll get a quick toot-toot in reply, a wave, or a dumb stare. A long blast at the one blind turn is invariably ignored; so I've learned to just go slow and be careful. So when I do sound the whistle it's a matter of CYA; I'd be really surprised to get a meaningful response.


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Edited by - stmbtwle on Sep 06 2013 09:24:22

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rawidman

RO# 25110

Posted - Sep 06 2013 :  09:47:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's in the rules but I don't do it and I've never seen or heard a recreational boat captain do it. It's like the rule about hoisting an anchor ball when anchored in daylight.

I often leave my slip early in the morning and if people are around, they may be sleeping and would think I was a jackass to wake the. If nbody is around, what's the point in blowing the horn? As a test, I suppose.

My marina is primarily a dry stack operation with a couple hundred boats in dry stack, fifty slips, and perhaps twenty of these leased on an anual basis. I doubt more than a very few people at my marina would recognize either of the horn signals mentioned above. They would just look and wonder why I was blowing my horn and who I was blowing it at.

I have a good view from my flybridge so if anyone is in the way, I wait for them to get out of the way before I leave my slip.

I use my horn when necessary.


Ron
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Edited by - rawidman on Sep 06 2013 09:48:06

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carver 2557

RO# 11591

Posted - Sep 06 2013 :  11:32:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Audrey II

quote:
Originally posted by sjbromo

One pro-longed, 3 short. I back out of my slip with limited vis. then another prolonged as I leave the marina, again limited vis.


This is a five year old thread I'm surprised to see activity on. I only know one person that liked to dig up these out threads and that is the person who started this one.




+1



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RO# 20824

Posted - Sep 06 2013 :  12:12:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by carver 2557

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Originally posted by Audrey II

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Originally posted by sjbromo

One pro-longed, 3 short. I back out of my slip with limited vis. then another prolonged as I leave the marina, again limited vis.


This is a five year old thread I'm surprised to see activity on. I only know one person that liked to dig up these out threads and that is the person who started this one.




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