SHIPHANDLING!



SHIPHANDLING

YOU WILL NOT FIND IT IN THE DICTIONARY AS ONE WORD. HOWEVER, MARINERS ARE USED TO SEEING IT AS ONE WORD. IN FACT, SOME OF US SPEND A LIFE TIME MASTERING ITS WONDERS WHILE MAKING A HANDSOME LIVING PERFORMING IT. WHAT INTERESTS ME THE MOST OF SHIPHANDLING; IS THAT FOR A MANEUVER TO BE OUTSTANDING, YOU HAVE TO BE IN A TOTAL STATE OF IMMERSION, ALMOST AS IF “THE FORCE”, SO TO SPEAK, IS WITH YOU. MANY PEOPLE ARE CAPABLE OF A GOOD MANEUVER, BUT AN OUTSTANDING ONE REQUIRES RAW BRAIN POWER. THIS ASPECT MAKES MY PROFESSION FEELS ALMOST THERAPEUTIC AND FULL OF RELEASE. IT MAY SOUND CHEESY, BUT IT’S THE BEST WAY I CAN DESCRIBE BEING IN THE ZONE.

I HAVE BEEN DOCKING VESSELS FOR TWENTY YEARS NOW.

MY HEART IS HEAVY WITH THE FEELING THAT PROFESSIONAL VESSEL DOCKING IS GOING THE SAME WAY THE MEDICAL MALPRACTICE INDUSTRY HAS GONE. I GUESS WE ALL PAY FOR JUST A FEW BAD APPLES. THE NEW GENERATION OF DOCKING PROFESSIONALS AND SOME OLD FARTS, ARE MORE CONCERNED WITH DAMAGE LIABILITY THAN PERFECTING THEIR CRAFT. MOST MANEUVERS ARE DONE WITH THE THOUGHT OF A LAWSUIT AND ARE PERFORMED WITH THAT AS THE PRIMARY MOTIVATION. LIKE A DARK CLOUD OVER EACH DOCKING MANEUVER EVEN IF IT’S A CLEAR DAY, THIS ADDS TO AN ALREADY STRESSFUL PROFESSION. LICENSES INSURANCE IS ALREADY BETWEEN 7 AND 10 K A YEAR TO INSURE A HARBOR PILOT. WHEN THE KA KA HITS THE FAN, EVERYONE IS DIVIDING UP PERCENTAGES OF NEGLIGENCE TO DIVI UP THE INSURANCE PAY. I UNDERSTAND THAT NEGLIGENCE HAS TO BE ACCOUNTABLE. I’M JUST SAYING THAT THE LOVE FOR THE ART OF SHIPHANDLING IS FAST BECOMING EXTINCT.