Tell me about flashers - red, white & blue even alternating colours.
I am in Thailand
but have tried to avoid travelling at night unless it is impossible. Try identifying one of the hundreds of fishing
boats off the coast of Malaysia
when overnighting in the Malacca Strait. Add to this a tropical downpour with gusts to 35 kts when you can only identify any boat with or without any light in the lightning
The practice has now extended to OZ where cruising yachts are using them at anchor
especially in Darwin. Imagine the difficulty coming into a crowded anchorage at night where you are unable to identify the real navigation
marks from the anchored boats. I think the authorities will soon be making a heap of money
fining such stupid boat owners.
Even sailing around Thailand
in daylight is difficult with multitudes of fishing flags
that may indicate a net rather than a fishing trap and huge styrofoam floats now on our boats as "Beetles" (as big as a VW).
I was on watch one night when a moving object in the corner of my eye caught my attention. It was a palm tree sliding down the side of the boat = FAD (fish attracting device). The only rules in SE Asia are that there are no rules.