Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cruising 101 - The Pilot Boat

Next time you're on a cruise ship entering or leaving a port, go outside and look over the railing.
You might be lucky enough to see the Pilot Boat ferrying the local pilot.

Each Port has licensed pilots that will board a cruise ship to help the captain safely navigate the local waters.
He or she will know all of the secrets of the tides, sandbars and local conditions for that port.

And he is most certainly a daredevil.   Take a look at this series of photos.
In a matter of minutes, the tiny Pilot Boat pulls up along the massive cruise ship,
the pilot jumps onto the ladder and then the boat speeds off into the sunset.

Pretty cool, huh?

The Pilot Boat on a cruise

The Pilot Boat on a cruise

The Pilot Boat on a cruise

The Pilot Boat on a cruise

The Pilot Boat on a cruise

The Pilot Boat on a cruise

The Pilot Boat on a cruise

Have you ever spotted a Pilot Boat?




5 comments:

  1. That's awesome! Lucky you to see that, never seen anything like it before in my life!

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  2. Thanks, Andi. I stomach was doing flip-flops watching him jump onto that little boat.

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  3. It was quite a treat. There was a little boy standing next to me that was totally enthralled. Very exciting!

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  4. Thank you for
    these great pictures! I found some more on this website: http://www.nauticexpo.com/boat-manufacturer/pilot-boat-37.html

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