This episode has caused me to rethink our AIS upgrade. We will be purchasing
a new Vesper Watchmate vision for next season because We experienced two situations this past year in stormy weather
where transmitting would have been preferred. Some bonehead on autopilot
almost plowed into us when he was relying completely on his alarms, it was like a 60ft, 60,000 pound knuckleball coming straight at us at 20 knots, and another involved ferries during a storm. They actually weren't running, but we didn't know that at the time.
Right now, we have a Standard Horizon VHF
that only receives, which has been fine up until now when more and more folks with transponders have started doing dumbass stuff... Like not keeping a watch.
So when we upgrade... We'll be keeping our old system as well so as not to transmit our location when the need arises.
I'm glad everything turned out fine regarding the piracy
, as most on this forum already know, my wife and I are firm believers in having an overwhelming defensive strategy. None of this soft ball, introduce yourself first and maybe they'll play nice and not hurt me crap.
Just ignore the CF fellow who said to shoot them anyway, he's just trolling. As any responsible person with a firearm knows, you first try everything possible to ward off an encounter with evil. The OP and his friend did the right things and everything worked out fine.