Question for all of you boaters. On Saturday we were running through Ester Passage-going about 26mph with a boat full of friends from outside-just showing them the sights. We came up behind one of the tour boats and we passed them off thier starboard with about 40 yards between us. They were going about 10-15mph. After we passed them the skipper hailed me and requested that I let him know when I came up behind him. He was very civil as was I but afterwards I was thinking-I've gone throught that and other passages many times and I've yet to have anyone hail me when passing and I've never hailed anyone else. My thinking is that as long as I'm far enough away from the boat I'm passing I shouldn't be calling out to every boat I pass.
On any Sunday afternoon in July or August hailing everyone that one passed would result in CH 16 being overrun with folks passing each other in Passage Canal and elsewhere. I took the USCG safety class and although the recommended is to hail there are practical considerations too. Any thoughts????