ANYONE who comes into a busy anchorage after dark and "nearly motored right into" a boat has no business being in an anchorage after dark! Sounds more like bad technique then the fault of the other boaters. We anchor
almost exclusively from the Bahamas
to New York
, and have managed it on 8 trips with no incident. Perhaps our original "greenhorn" status made us more prudent about the safety
of our boat that prevails to this day. I see many just throw the hook and just go below. I have also called to boats that are too close and asked them to move.[/QUOTE]
Like you I prefer to keep my "greenhorn" mentality no matter many how many miles I put under my keel
Only a fool would reject advancements in technology that have become ridiculously inexpensive compared to their value - especially on the safety
front. Yeah, my granddad went to sea without a GPS
and died of old age. That said, I will add that no amount of technology is a substitute
for knowledge and skills.
For a novice
sailor here is my only real advice: One of the biggest dangers in cruising is the "Arrogant Anow-it-all Sailing Twit" who thinks he is the reincarnation of Joshua Slocum and has an "expert" opinion on everything (not being sexist with the "he", but sailing ladies generally don't qualify to be an AKIAST").Fortunately we run in to far fewer of those types on the water
than we do on internet forums
and around port-side bars.