I was on my way home from town the other day, and as I came out of the marina in the motorboat ( the as yet unnamed big powerboat), I came across a situation for which I had no rules to guide me. This spring I took a coastal cruising course, in which I learned the rules of navigation, and beacons and bouys, and right of way on the water. But I didn’t learn about this. What to do when you are on a collision course with a float plane?
Common sense prevailed and I just sat still and idled, while the pilot prepared for take off. I absolutely love small planes, especially float planes, and I love how in the summer they zoom around the bay, taking off and landing near our place. In fact, they are busy coming and going as I write this. In any case, it was a wonderful chance to appreciate the power of these planes as they roar through the water to take off. They leave a big spray and wake behind them, and to feel the mist on my face was cool indeed. If I was any younger, or slightly less sensible, I’d be running out to get my license and my own plane.