AGREED WITH THE PREVIOUS COMMENT!. Arrogance is an understatement. This "luxury cruise yacht" Baby Lucille which looks like a schlumpy dump compared to the Lady Atlantic, just came ripping through the intracoastal of Delray. All other boats, even kids on jet skis are doing a quarter of the speed of this boat. Why on earth would they be driving so quickly if its supposed to be a charter? One can only hope that the Palm Beach Police will be patrolling the water, hiding in a cove to bust these speeders. This is a community with homes on each side of the waterway, and many boats, kayaks, paddle boarders, jet skiiers, and children playing in the water. SLOW DOWN!
Sir, I wish to make a comment about the conduct and unseamanlike behaviour of the skipper of your vessel "Lady Lucille"
Saturday, 22nd inst, "Lady Lucille" passed under 3rd Ave bridge at 8/9kn causing my vessel, which was tied up at slip #61 to slam against a pile damaging an electronic moisture measurement instrument mounting and bending a davit out of true. I remonstrated with the vessels master via CH9. He replied that he was travelling at 4kn. I corrected him, relying on my 35 years experience gained from sailing extensively worldwide, he was travelling at 8/9kn. He found this amusing and made some rather personal and innapropriate comments regarding my nationality, (British), telling anyone who cared to listen on an open channel that; "He thinks he's on the Thames"
The damage caused was minor and was easily repaired but what if somebody had been boarding? Although this was on an "inland waterway" and not subject to sea-going procedures, certain rules and regulations still apply.
I would like to suggest that you ensure that your staff are properly appraised regarding; (a) proper radio procedure as defined by I.M.Law and (b), that they are fully conversant with COLREGS, in particular, Rule 6.
I remain, Sir,
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