Posted by A Little Reading on July 22, 2004 at 12:05:59:
In Reply to: Re: Is the BottomScratcher the Iron Eagle Reincarnate? posted by Jokester on July 22, 2004 at 10:27:11:
I suggest you pick up a "Rules Of The Road" book.
It is called the "Line of Demarcation". It is the dividing line between U.S. Inland waters & the "High Seas" which by def, are any waters SEAWARD of the Line of Demarcation. The "High Seas" follow the International rules of the road.
A well known captain is known for saying "Admiralty law is NOT open to interpretation, it means what is says".
So get a rules book, read it, follow it.
You can even d/l it from here.. FOR FREE.
If you want to display a symbol or light that is noted in the rules (as a Diver Down flag is unrecognized in the rules), technically a vessel engaged in diving operation can be considered "Restricted in Ability to Maneuver". Thus you can display @ night 3 lights, all around viz, top & bottom red, middle white. Day, three day shapes, the highest and lowest of these shapes balls and the middle one a diamond.
Look, stop bringing your 405 frwy "road rage" onto the water. The operator of the BottmScrach is a professional captain, he knows what he is doing better than 90+% of everone else who is out there. He is human, & being one he is open to making a decision that may not have been the best. He knows his chit.
If someone yells, rants, raves to you on the water, just forget about it. What the hell does fighting about it get you?
NO WHERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just let it go, enjoy the water, & do what you need to do to stay safe. Next time, keep your mouth shut despite what the other person says, pull your anchor & move. Santa Barbara Is, San Clemente... give them a try.
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