Approaching a Bridge

SaltydawgSaltydawg Posts: 1,287 Officer
Just purchased a new boat and realized I do not know how to ask for a bridge to be riased if I come to one.

My questions are:

1. What channel do you use?

2. What is the proper way to request them to raise the bridge?

Thanks

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  • BillatstarbriteBillatstarbrite Posts: 526 Officer
    The VHF channel to use will be prominently displayed on the side of the bridge. Hail the bridge ("Mom's Mink hailing 17th Street Causeway Bridge, requesting an opening...") and there you go.
  • CaptTaterCaptTater Posts: 20,096 AG
    And be ready for them to tell you the next opening will be at xx:15 or you just missed it. No need to smart off to them like you hear many do.
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  • Renagade69Renagade69 Posts: 1,230 Officer
    1)Radiotelephone Communications - Most bridges monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16 with the exception of bridges in Florida. In June 1996, the FCC published a notice stating that all boaters throughout the State of Florida should hail bridge tenders on VHF-FM channel 9 to reduce the high amount of traffic on channel 13. Boaters operating in Georgia and South Carolina are encouraged to follow the same procedures.
    Note: Boaters should always use "low power (1watt) output" on their VHF-FM marine radio when hailing a bridge tender.

    2)Sound Signals - These signals shall be made by whistle, horn, megaphone, or hailer. To request an opening, the vessel operator shall give the "opening signal" consisting of one prolonged blast (4 to 6 seconds duration) followed by one short blast (about 1 second duration). The draw tender shall reply with the same sound signal (one prolonged followed by one short) acknowledging that the draw can be opened immediately. When a vessel approaches a drawbridge with the draw in the open position, the vessel shall give the opening signal. If no acknowledgement is received within 30 seconds, the vessel may proceed, with caution, through the open draw. When a draw cannot be opened immediately, or is open and must be closed promptly, the draw tender shall give five short blasts sounded in rapid succession after the vessel's opening signal request


    copy and pasted from---http://www.fv-eveningstar.com/bridges.html Hope this helped.
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  • Buccanr1Buccanr1 Posts: 437 Deckhand
    Another tip, if you know you will be frequently requesting an opening at a particular bridge or two, dont be afraid to get to know the operators. Like many things in life, a $50 gift card to Outback can go a long way.
  • SaltydawgSaltydawg Posts: 1,287 Officer
    Ok, so what happens when they don't have the chaneel # on the side of the bridge?
  • BillatstarbriteBillatstarbrite Posts: 526 Officer
    Chances are they'll be monitoring Ch 16, too
  • bigironbigiron Posts: 543 Officer
    Buccanr1 wrote: »
    Another tip, if you know you will be frequently requesting an opening at a particular bridge or two, dont be afraid to get to know the operators. Like many things in life, a $50 gift card to Outback can go a long way.

    Yea, bribing county employees always works. Forget maritime and ethical procedures.
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