I operate in a VTS area with lots of small vessels.
Inside passage BC. Salish Sea, Puget Sound.
Not bothered either way. I pretty much assume nobody is looking the G&T wine or beer is poured.
Just follow the rules. Is my first preference. I follow the rules. When overtaking I am give way, I will give way. CPA may vary depending on traffic and Sea room.
Again in a VTS area. My vessels name position routing ETA is broadcast both by my vessel and VTS. I routinely make passing arrangements with other vessels.
If called by any vessel on VTS channel I will reply.
If called on 16 I will decline to go to a working channel for passing arrangements. I won’t refuse to make a passing arrangements. I will direct vessel requesting to call on VTS channel
Two reasons 1 it’s recorded 2 So any other vessels can hear our arrangements.
I prefer to make passing arrangements which are complying with the rules.
In the case described. I am give way. I am on the small vessels port quarter. The vessel is on my Starboard bow.
Clearly I will alter com to Starboard and pass astern. If hearing me say so makes you happy, I am happy to oblige.
Additionally I will tend to pick the open water or more open water side. For obvious reasons.
Lot of the little fecklers tend to be constrained by thier draft.
Others just go point to point.
I find I gots of request for G to G. I prefer R to R but hey sometimes it works.
Even if someone asks for something I don’t particularly like. I don’t usually bother to argue with fools.
I just do what required.
Out of a VTS area I am less inclined to make passing arrangements on VHF particularly if not in compliance with rules.
I’ve seen comments from small boats about using AIS and DSC.
Call me using VTS Chanel. I will be polite friendly and cooperative.
I may not answer imeadiatly. I may be attending to something else. I will prioritize. But I will respond.
I occasionally will call a small vessel when I have ID from AIS again I make the call on VTS Chanel and 16 directing vessel to VTS.
Particularly if overtaking in a narrow Chanel where there is a point reason for alteration. Usually just to make them aware I am going to overtake on Port or Starboard.
Sometimes to request preference or check it’s ok.
Without actual asking WTF are you in the middle or on the wrong side of the channel.
Call me using DSC and a Working channel I might not be polite.
I certainly will not make a passing arrangements. You will curt response to comply with coll regs.
You just set of an annoying alarm on my Bridge while I am possibly busy doing something which is a higher priority than your call.
I don’t like any nuisance alarms. They are a distraction. You just distracted me.
DSC goes directly to whatever working channel. I never make passing arrangements on working channels.
VTS and other Vessels can’t hear what we are saying it’s effectively a private conversation.
One thing I should make clear
most of the vessels I make passing arrangements with are local domestic commercial vessels or pilots.
I often recognize thier voices and even know them personally. We are doing this not just in English but our own local version.
It’s a busy area and I am listening very carefully to other vessels communication.
What they do may affect my actions? When I hear a pilot give his position and ETA I am estimating where and when we will meet and any adjustments I may need to make based on hearing this call.
They are doing the same when I call.
I have much less confidence making arrangements with pleasure vessels when there are lots of them about. Why? I may not be sure who I am talking to.
I will try and clarify. I will be reluctant to make an arrangement which does not comply with the rules. If I have any doubt about which vessel I am talking to.
Truthfully. I can tell right away when I am talking to a local pro.
The VHF procedure is just as bad as mine.
Navy or CG quite official. And your usual not talking to a shot caller.
Small pleasure vessels are actually more likely to use good calling protocol.
Covering another call so I miss the the interaction of other vessels is quite annoying.
This is a major reason why I don’t like to receive a DSC call.
Offshore even with good AIS identification. I would hesitate to make passing arrangements. I don’t work offshore anymore so what they do I wouldn’t know.