Dear Boston Sailing Club, Community Boating, Boston Sailing Community in general,
I know, I get it, I am operating a power driven vessel, and you are operating a sailing vessel. Yes according to the COL REGS you do have right of way (unless you are overtaking me). However I would like to remind you of a simple fact, I am out here working, paying the bills, and a lot of the people out here are putting food on their family’s table. You are out here playing, and one thing you might not think about is that I don’t come and mountain bike in your office. I’m not saying don’t go sailing in Boston harbor ever, but just have a little courtesy when you do. Sailing across my bow while I am coming out of the Charles River Basin, getting several boat lengths clear, and tacking back, then proceeding to yell up to me that you have right of way only lessens my respect for your level of seamanship. No one who runs passenger boats, or tugs, or even the almighty pilots are mind readers. I’m a sailor and I still generally have no idea what you are doing, and legally we are responsible for making sure you don’t hit us. That’s right; we are essentially, legally, your common sense when you lack it. So pick up a radio and give us a call on 13 or 16, M/V Odyssey, but please just give us a little room, and we will do the best to do the same. Just remember, we weigh 1200 tons, have 50 feet of air draft, 7 feet of draft, and only about 850 horsepower, this isn’t exactly the Codzilla.
Capt. Benjamin Moll
Mate, M/V Odyssey