Barry Young again appears to have breached his Code of Conduct in his Brief of Evidence

Barry Young again appears to have breached his Code of Conduct in his Brief of Evidence in his denial of validity re what Bolton calls an “Infallible Rule of Thumb,” (an observation of the movement of the other vessel against the background) which is used to determine Risk of Collision involving an approaching vessel.
B Young was definite in his opinion as to it being flawed, dangerous, unreliable & should never be used. He promoted instead, the “Relative Bearing” method used by M Pigneyguy. Rule 22.7 he said, also gives the means of “watching the compass bearing on an approaching vessel” He omitted to reveal that part 1 of Rule 22.7 says “Every vessel must use all available means appropriate to the prevailing circumstances”
In Court, so as to convince the Judge who had admitted ignorance of Nautical matters, Young told Bolton that if 1/2 an hour was available, the reason why it is faulty could be explained. Bolton supplied a diagram showing how his Rule of Thumb is the amplifcation of a compass bearing, perfectly accurate, instantaneous, can be used to monitor multiple vessels simultaneously, requiring no other object to line up with & performs regardless of the violence of sea conditions which could render a compass useless.
Bolton also explained how this Rule of Thumb is a natural function used by everyone on land in cars or walking or in any type of craft at sea, to get around safely – it is mostly subconsious but picked up by novice crew beginning their yacht racing experience, used effectively in every situation & taught by Nautical schools including MNZ School.
Bolton also explained how the Relative Bearing method has the fundamental requirement that the vessel using it must keep a straight course but as the ferry was turning towards Classique, that bearing taken by M Pigneyguy was automatically being brought up accordingly, giving a wrong assessment of the Risk of Collision being caused by Classique.
Bolton is given backup in Bossier’s “Nautical Rules of The Road”
“… A useful technique is to check the other vessel’s movement against the backgroud … it will either be moving right, left or remain steady … this will be a good indicator … helping you to routinely check the other vessels’ bearing movement… You may be tempted to take a Relative Bearing using a fixed part of your vessel’s structure … this will depend absolutely on your vessel’s stability … personally I’ve never found it reliable & wouldn’t recommend it.” (This book by Bossier will be available from an associated website shortly.)

A Line of sight through the other vessel to the background is equivalent
to a compass bearing amplified – very accurate & reliable


Relative Bearings require keeping a straight course – they are therefore not reliable2014-01-10_1258


Bolton is given backup in Bossier’s “Nautical Rules of The Road”
This book by Bossier is now available – Click here …
Learn the Nautical Rules of the Road: An Expert Guide to the COLREGs for all Yachtsmen and Mariners

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