Sham Interview Pretends to Look at Seaway’s Course Change
Jim Lott asks Bolton & referring to M Pigneguy – “Are you now suggesting that he was altering his course?”
Bolton replies – “I can tell you with absolute certainty that that is what he was doing” At the time, change in Seaways course was not detectable but Bolton was mystified as to why Seaway appeared to chasing Classique, reducing the earlier clearance which had been available.
In Photo 1,the tall Sentinal building is identified on the Takapuna North Shore as where Seaway is heading, various features are noticed on the cliffs & a line is drawn to Classique’s mast
In Photo 2, Classique is seen to have come up & its forestay is covering the Sentinal. The bow of Seaway is now on Rangitoto itself.
Jim Lott & Ian Howden now alternate with implausible excuses –
“within very, it’s a normal yaw angle isn’t it?”
“ All vessels will yaw slightly especially on a larger vessel.”
“You would expect some degree of yawing”
“On up to 10 degrees in some cases with any one vessel”
This talk of ‘yaw’ is navigational nonsense when the conditions had been described as flat. Furthermore ‘yaw’ averages out, up & down, to give a straight course – this was a course change by Seaway in the direction of Classique only.
In Photo 3: Bolton shows Seaway’s bow to be further up the slope of Rangitoto & Classique’s mast is now on the other side of Rangitoto’s summit.
Again Jim Lott & Ian Howden attempt to defend the indefensible –
“But the point is he has actually slowed down”
“He has slowed down to avoid a collision, so you would expect the bearing of your vessel to change at the time”
“and it depends how much he slows down whether he uses equi amounts of rev when he slows down”
“…it’s almost impossible to use an equal amount of revs on both engines”
There was no evidence to back up M Pigneguy’s claim that he’d slowed down, Bolton certainly hadn’t seen any & why would Seaway be caused to turn toward Classique if slowing was instituted –
M Pigneguy made no signal to indicate astern propulsion either.
There was no change of Classique’s bearing to be considered – rather it was that, in the time Classique’s mast had reached the Eastern side of Rangitoto from the white cliffs on North shore, the bow of Seaway had moved from near the Sentinal building in Photo 1, to the bottom coast of Rangitoto in Photo 2, to a position closer to the summit in Photo 3.
About the equi amounts of revs Seaway might’ve used in slowing down – both pretending interviewers had the specs of Seaway’s 4 engines & 4 propellers plus the photos they’d taken of the controls, if both of them hadn’t already enough personal experience of bridging controls to take care of straight line action, especially in the case of highly maneuverable Seaway.
The 3 Photos taken by M Pigneguy showing the incremental turning of seaway towards the path of Classique. Seaway’s claimed course of 286degrees True would have had Seaway heading directly to where Classique is in Photo 1.