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March 01, 2010



thx, Adam and Stu!
I hear it often: captains are so grateful if boaters on the water give a shout out on 13...

Capt. Puffy Pants

Great article. Last summer we were out and a US Army Corp. of Engineers vessel was coming up river from behind us and I was having a hard time figuring out which way to go to get out of his way. Not a commercial vessel, but I bet he would be monitoring 13 as there is a lot of commercial barge traffic on the Mississippi where we sail. Good Information.


ah! I found the quote I was looking for! sorry, I do not recall from where I found this:

Captain Bob Peterson who runs a tug for Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company told (Virgina) Thorndike (tugboat capt and writer) in the course of their conversations, "If there's one message you can get out there it's to tell yacht people in general to find out where the commercial vessels are working on the radio-usually it's channel 13-and at least have the courtesy to communicate with us...I would be happy to talk with you and let you know what I want to do, what I'm going to do. When I call someone and they answer, it makes my day. Often they're intimidated, think we don't want to be bothered, but I would rather be bothered than dragged off in chains."

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