Originally Posted by osirissail
There are areas of the Caribbean
where it is advisable to run dark and run silent.
This may be safe to elimate boardings, but what about legitimate shipping
Would the excuse during litigation over a collision
at sea be vaild if I claimed that the lights/radar were off for what? Safety
One night, sailing south from ST Martin
to Antiguia I almost hit a Island Packet
37 that was sitting dead in the water
with all their lights out. There was no response over the VHF
Fearing the worst, I dropped my sails
and motored back. Stopping next to the boat I managed to hail a man who informed me that they never sailed at night! They had read that in a Cruising Guide!
Maybe I was lucky that he didn't start blasting away with his shotgun!!
Its getting to be a weird mentality out there!