Use caution when operating your boating in reduced visibility.
When operating in fog your biggest danger probably comes from commercial vessels
of all types, including fishermen. Skippers of these vessels are used to fog and
are often complacent, if not downright negligent. (Remember the Block Island ferry
which hit the USCG buoy tender last year?) Commercial fishermen are
particularly problematical because they are often short-handed, feel that they know
the local waters, and many have a real attitude when it comes to looking out for
recreational boaters. You must look out for yourself! In addition to having a high
powered radar and keeping a sharp eye on it, going slow, and sounding your horn, we
also suggest the following precaution:
When traveling in a busy area, send a sécurité broadcast. Note your location, speed,
direction and any close by navigational aids and broadcast on Channel 16, “Sécurité,
sécurité, sécurité, this is the yacht “Wren” leaving Camden Harbor at 5 knots on
course 120 degrees leaving buoy R2 headed towards Gilkey Harbor, all vessels take note". The lobstermen will love you, and hopefully, avoid you.