Sound Signals

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Sound Signals

Postby ash » Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:12 am

So, do you know your sound signals? I have to confess that I don't / didn't.

During our wave tossed journey from Lamlash to Largs last Saturday, 2 June we were just south of Gull Point on Little Cumbrae with the intention of proceeding north through the Hunterston Channel but staying outside the buoyed channel on the Cumbrae side while a big ship was catching up with us but was closer to the mainland. She looked as though she was going to follow the buoyed Hunterston Channel ( which with hindsight would have been unusual ) when she started hooting - was she 'shouting' at us? A foreign sounding voice on channel 16 simply said "passing your portside" and she made a definite turn to port to pass up the channel between Bute and Little Cumbrae. Thinking back, I think that she hooted either
long pause short short
long pause long long short short

I'm afraid that I didn't hoot back
long short long short

but I did call her on 16 to say "Thank You"

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Re: Sound Signals

Postby jim.r » Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:19 am

Possibly 2 long, 2 short blasts meaning I will overtake on your port side?

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Re: Sound Signals

Postby marisca » Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:21 am

You, having recognised his signal, should have replied with Long Short Long Short to indicate agreement with his intentions.
Mind you it could have been a version of the Calmac 5 blasts which usually means "your intentions are quite clear but I'd prefer you not to continue".

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Re: Sound Signals

Postby sahona » Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:09 pm

Overtaking = twin long blasts followed by the side of the channel he wants you to stay on.
I remember it by : long long short short _" I intend to overtake on your port side" - sounds like
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