from what i have seen while cruising in the places i have cruised is that fishing
vessels and shrimpers seem to aim at sailing boats. perverse, but true.
if i am in a fishing area, i will not fall asleep at watch even for 15 minuets.
no i will not set alarms--i will jeep a proper with with eyeballs.
there are many kinds of items found in oceans that do not conform to usa qnd yachting practices.
there are many folks on ocean without money
, and no ais
, no radar--some might have gps
. some might have loran
. some might not have much of anything but cultural history
to back them up on their fishing quests. wood boats and pangas dont show up on much of our modern scanning tools.
must use your eyes to see stuff..
tallships are manned by newbies and paid crew. some donot realize they are not the gods gift they thought sailing boats are. not always having right of way is a new thing for many of us with sailing capability.
fishing boats dont really maneuver well while working . we must avoid them. is safer to just keep away than to push right of way issues which will only result in pain and torture of not only physical nature.
sailcruisers need to maintain an awareness of what is around self and in close proximity, as we are only ones to watch out for us.
i try to avoid everything i see a as much as possible. is not hard to do that.
when you have alleged right of way, isnt good to push it as you can well be in bigger trouble than if you just avoid the entire mess.
never ASSume.......anything....just avoid and live.