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Big Ships on the Waterways

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Big Ships on the Waterways
Looks can be deceiving! This cargo ship appears to be bearing down on the sailboat, really off his starboard bow.
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We share the waterways with pleasure boats, incredible yachts, commercial work boats, cargo and passenger carrying ships. At times we barely see the big ships as a speck on the horizon of the ocean. But often we must give them a wide berth when passing in the intracoastal waterway or inlet channels, considering their deep draft and limited maneuverability.

Click on the pictures below and experience a sample of the big boys you'll see when you get out on your own yacht.

ATLANTIC CONCERT. This framework is an obvious means of holding the cargo in place. Some ships leave you wondering - just HOW DO they keep things from sliding off the deck in a rolling sea?
DELAWARE RESPONDER. This ship responds to oil and fuel spills. Her sharp clean lines are unexpected in a workboat.
SEABULK ENERGY. Notice the bow wake pushing upward from the bulb on the hull. Different schools of thought make the bulb a controversial hull alteration.
Many commercial workboats have this type of lifeboat. The crew usually test this lifeboat monthly to be sure it will launch in an emergency.
TAYLORS CREEK is a commercial fishing boat out of North Carolina.
Better give this boat a lot of room. The black shape in the rigging- two cones facing each other- means that they are fishing and are restricted in their ability to maneuver. This symbol means they ALWAYS have the right of way.
United States Coast Guard juat off the coast of New Jersey near Sandy Hook.
SAN FELIPE heading out to sea from New York City. The Verrazano Narrows Bridge is seen behind this cargo ship.
WWII Coast Guard Cutter now privately owned and called the Princess Grace. This is the type of cutter that rescued the sailboat in the movie The Perfect Storm. She sits at anchor in the ICW near Cape Canaveral, FL.
     

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