Unless you have been to BI at a holiday weekend you really cannot comprehend what it is like...so the chances of yet another similar (and frequent) "accident" in Great Salt Pond is high, and anchor lights won't fix that.
Nowhere in Great Salt pond can you legally exceed 5kts. nowhere. the chances of hitting something while doing 10-15kts in the dark is real high, wrong.. its like impossible NOT to hit something, regardless of any other factor.
The safe speed to move through that mooring
field and anchorage at night is about 3kts or so, with multiple flashlights. It is JAMMED with boats, both mooring
and anchor balls, anchor rode
, tethered dinghies, boards and other crap...not to mention drunks in other dinghies.
2. Anchor lights
It is a fact that despite the law stating otherwise, a sizable percentage of boaters do not run anchor lights, particularly in areas designated as safe anchorage areas. Legal lights would not have stopped that "accident".. masthead lights in a crowded anchorage is simply a star field.
Its Block Island, its the summer, its late at night. conclusions are simple.
FWIW, while I always run my anchor light, plus a solar
lantern at bow, stern and mid-boom, yet despite being highly visible, an inflatable dinghy
with several drunk occupants nailed me broadside at 3am.. lucky for me, it (and one occupant) bounced off my hull
with a loud thump and no damage (to my boat).. they were gone..dragging the downed occupant before i got on deck
My prior post in this thread was the droll response, but the impolite version is that truly a holiday weekend at BI is sight to behold.. it is everything you detest about people and their selfish inconsiderate and stupid behavior coupled with the worst displays of moronic seamanship that ably demonstrates a total lack of understanding of both the boating
basics and common sense..
Originally Posted by tkeithlu
I'm sorry. Now to reduce the chance of a recurrance. First, as I understand it, strobes are not legal anchor lights, or legal anything else except emergency
beacons. Second, relying on one little light up there when you hull is concealed against a black shore, or even a lighted shore, has seemed to me all along damned dangerous.