Judge Davis Looks At The Line of Sight Method

Judge Davis Looks At The Line of Sight Method
“Can I just deal with one issue & you may be about to get to it. Mr Young said your method of determining the course of a vessel, your infallible rule of thumb is, as you described it, Mr Young was far too polite to use these words  but to break down what he said, he was saying that was complete nonsense?”
Bolton has confidence in this technique – “I’d like to have that half hour Mr Young offered in which to discuss it because without doubt it’s the most practical method – far in excess of compass bearings which have impossibility in some situations. Relative Bearings have their down falls & this as far as I can see in all my experience, has no downfall whatsoever in fact it’s our natural way of getting around even if we’re not on a boat or in a boat with no means of navigation, or in a dinghy with nothing to take any reference from. This is how we’ve always managed to get around for the last how many thousand years we’ve been on the planet.”

Judge Davis – “So when Mr Pigneguy says there  was a risk of collision developing in his mind at Photo 1, you also say he’s wrong on that point as well … Please carry on with your evidence”
(About the only matter going on in M Pigneguy’s mind at Photo 1 was  his seemingly nefarious intention to entrap Bolton by incrementally steering towards the path of Classique & reduce the clearance.)

Bolton – “Rule 22.32 – Sound & Light Signals – this has to do with the signals which are expected during the course of navigation. It defines a short blast as about 1 second’s duration It defines the whistle as a sound signaling device which complies with the specifications in Appendix 3, attached at the rear of this file. In section 22.33 it talks about the requirement for a vessel 20 mtrs or more but less than 100 mtrs. If the vessels in sight of one another approaching each other for any reason fails to understand the intentions or actions of the other or there’s any doubt whether sufficient action is being taken by the other to avoid collision, the vessel in doubt must IMMEDIATELY indicate such doubt by sounding the following signal on its whistle – at least 5 short & rapid blasts. Looking at Appendix 3 we get the audibility & frequency required for various lengths of vessel, directional properties, sound pressure, intensity etc. The range required for Seaway is 1 nmile, ie 1850 mtrs  to be heard above average background noise in Classique’s wheelhouse.
Mark Davies has the temerity to try to let M Pigneguy off the hook by saying that the footnote Bolton referred to allows for variability of weather conditions in which case range may be affected. This is an unintelligent attempt to mislead Judge Davis in this case when the conditions were calm & quiet with excellent audibility but Seaway had no complying signal equipment at all.

Neither Barry Young nor Mark Davies knew what they were talking about.
Judge Davis Looks At The Line of Sight Method, 2014-09-18_2128

Judge Davis Looks At The Line of Sight Method

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