I have often shone a bright light at boats at night to alert them that they are dragging (during the day I use a foghorn). VHF
is worth a try, but often boats turn this off at anchor
. Launching the tender
and going around is the final step, but this takes time.
I have never been on the receiving end, but I was tonight. Fortunately I was not dragging but had let out around another 20m of chain around dusk because of rising winds. The boat
anchored next to me was obviously concerned I was dragging and kindly alerted me.
It was amazing how noticeable a bright light shone from another boat
was. I was watching a movie
with full interior
lights on, but the sign was unmistakable. I got on the VHF
and cleared up the confusion.
I have used this on other boats and have suspected it has woken people up. Now having been on the receiving end I can understand why.
Be a good neighbour and alert a boat that may have a problem. A bright torch with a well collimated beam is a good way to do this at night.
Don't worry about a false alarm
, I was certainly appreciative of the effort although in reality there was not a problem.