Originally Posted by tghsmith
blow boaters with the sails up were always the worst, we had a 30ftr smashed and held against the bow (by the pressure wave) of a large lake freighter(ss algoway) in the St. lawrence. the skipper of the freigher was in full reverse for two miles to get her stopped and free the raghanger. the blow boater claimed he had rite-of way and the freighter should have manuvered to avoid him...
Rag Baggers are the dumbest out there. I love it when they run up one sail, fire off the motor and then proceed out. They think that because they have a sail up they have the right away. I was captain on a crew boat that took investigators out to the Coal Freighter M/V Barkald after the S/V Essence struck her bow and sank. Here was an incident where the Barkald held his course but the Essence came up on the wrong side in a passing situation. Wrong thing to do and the mate ended up with his fiance dead because he did the wrong thing. Drunk pleasure boaters are almost in the same class.