[QUOTE=Jammer Six;147287]Yankee Tango, not Whiskey Tango. The mid channel mark off Alki Point.[/QUOTE]
Sorry to correct you again but it’s name is just “Tango” stands for “Tacoma”, then comes “Tango Alpha” etc
As a tugboater on the Sound, sailboats and Rec Fishing boats are the worst possible obstructions I can come across. Mostly because I have absolutely no idea what they might do next. I’m looking for gaps in the traffic, and as slowly as we move, they close up after I’ve committed. Then I have a problem.
On a wire boat, the situation is even more critical, because those two classes of boats forget the tow wire and barge are a part of the package deal.
I have a buddy who says " I won’t just hit them once, I’ll be hitting them twice."
Organized races are another hazard to be faced, because they have a tendency to congregate sailboats near navigation marks and channels. Shilshole comes to mind. They tend to use the ATON as marks, and the normal traffic patterns are obstructed by numbers of boats milling about.
Others mention channel 16. Most commercial traffic doesn’t monitor 16. My radios are on the VTS channel and the Bridge-to-bridge channels, 14/05A and 13. The noise level in the boat and traffic chatter are still enough that the volume goes down a bit, so you might need to call me a couple times.
My AIS is hooked to my chart plotter, so your signal shows me exactly where you were a moment ago, but out of a fleet of boats, it’s hard to pick out which boat has the unit on.
Again, it doesn’t indicate your [I][B]intentions[/B][/I]. only the radio call can do that.