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Re: Sleeping While at Sea
AIS is a good thing to have, but not every fishing boat in these parts has and AIS transponder...
When you think about it, it's probably the fishermen who stand a greater chance of being run down whilst sleeping simply due to their proximity to the coast and the fact that they aren't necessarily travelling anyplace whilst asleep (they're not on passage from A to B). For this reason I suspect the original post might be meant more as a warning to fishermen that they'll get fined if 'caught napping' so they'd better stay awake..
Whether you're single-handing or not, most definitely live in fear of being hit - and don't expect any leniency from the courts if you get run down whilst alseep. Everyone has probably forgotten by now Jessica Watson's scrape with a container ship before successfully sailing solo around the world, but it does stand to show that with the right gear and the right procedures it can be done in safety.
"Honestly, I don't know why seamen persist in getting wrecked in some of the outlandish places they do, when they can do it in a nice place like Fiji." -- John Caldwell, "Desperate Voyage"