Wow Barnakiel. I guess you donít want to talk about it otherwise you would have elaborated. Iíll just say well done for coming through those situations (and bringing others through them) alive.
There was an incident in Bermuda
a couple of years ago that we can all learn from. Basically:
Boat A is a 20-something foot motorboat, planing.
Boat B is a 20-something foot motorboat.
Itís dark. Both boats are showing lights, though there is debate about whether boat B was showing the correct ones.
Boat A wants to turn to port, but boat B is on the port bow, so boat A maintains course. They pass port to port and boat A then turns to port to pass astern of boat B. But boat B is towing an inflatable dinghy
with no lights and three people on board. There are several injuries and one person is killed. The court case went on for some time, with several charges being brought against the skipper
of boat B, and none against the skipper
of boat A. It was a horrendous experience for all involved.
I have been in the same situation as boat B countless times, and I am certain that there are times when I have done exactly as the skipper of that boat did in turning to port to pass astern of another vessel. Often that turn to port has been quite a sharp one depending on where my destination
has been, and I have thought nothing of it.
I know of several similar incidents where people in dinghies have been killed in the lagoon
in St. Martin because they were not showing lights and could not be seen.
1) See and be seen. Donít skimp on lights.
2) Donít pass too close astern of someone at night, especially if youíre moving fast.