Yeah, that's what I was afraid of. My slip is near a fairway and I see a LOT of mislit vessels. I'm glad this trawler
was in the fairway and not one I was trying to make sense of on a dark night.
It's phenomenal to me how many sailors mis-light their boats around me. Usually it's around the use of the steaming light. Last week I saw a boat
motoring in with the strobe on instead of a steaming light. There's a boat running unlicensed Facebook charters that routinely comes in showing the 360 anchor
light above the lit steaming light and deck
level side light. I've seen no steaming light on vessels with no sails
up and steaming lights lit on vessels that were clearly (seen at close range) under sails
I'm not the shiniest piece of brass on the boat but getting the lights right seems to me to be one of the easiest parts
of sailing to get right.